Santiago’s Föllakzoid have just released I – their fourth LP via Sacred Bones and the result of consistent depuration, as they aim to fill longer spaces of time with fewer and fewer elements, record by record.
The creative perspective of the band has always been about unlearning the narrative and musical knowledge that shape the physical and digital formats and conceptions available, both visually and musically in order to make a time-space metric structure that dissolves both the author and the narrative paradigms. “We found our sonic and metric identity even more in these songs than in our previous attempts,” says guitarist and singer Domingæ Garcia-Huidobro.
“We found our sonic and metric identity even more in these songs than in our previous attempts.”
“We invite you to join us in sharing the experience of being led by this non-rational, sonic artform and its energy. It is also an invitation to connect once again with your inner master and their intuition, erasing the systematic rationalization that usually follows creative forces when perceived, to guide you on this holographic simultaneous simulation where reality is rooted in,” Domingae added.
Föllakzoid’s journey began 10 years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends Domingae and Diego Lorca from Santiago, Chile. Heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate their origins with contemporary sounds and technologies of our times, creating a rich yet minimal electronic-organic atmosphere. I is their fourth full-length release and third for Sacred Bones, following 2015’s ‘III’, 2013’s ‘II’ and 2009’s eponymous debut.
Unlike past Föllakzoid records that were done in single takes with the full band, this record took three months to construct out of more than 60 separate stems – guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, and vocals, all recorded in isolation. Producer Atom TM, who was not present for recording, was then asked to re-organise the four sequences of stems without any length, structural restrictions or guidelines. Those sequences ultimately became the four long tracks that appear on I.
The result of this was a set of songs where neither the band’s, nor the producer’s, structural vision primarily shaped the metric or tonal space shifts, but where both were still subliminally present in each of the parts that form the structure and the frequency modulations that guide them.
Föllakzoid kick off an extensive European tour at Patterns in Brighton on September 1st, wrapping up in the Netherlands on November 11th. UK tour dates below; full tour dates HERE.
I is out now via Sacred Bones.
UK Tour Dates
01 – Patterns, Brighton
02 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
03 – Broadcast, Glasgow
04 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
05 – White Hotel, Manchester
06 – Picture House Social, Sheffield
07 – Dingwalls, London