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Follakzoid: III


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Follakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends Diego Lorca, Juan Pablo Rodriguez and Domingo Garcia-Huidobro from Santiago, Chile. However, for most people it was perhaps 2013’s breakthrough album II that opened up their third eye to these intensely loop-heavy, psychedelic and groove-riddled sounds coming from South America. While ‘psych’ is increasingly becoming a term for any group who throws on a turtleneck and taps their foot on a wah-wah peddle, the origins of Follakzoid’s music are rooted in something much more substantial, meaningful and culturally significant. Their grooves are heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes and techno, amongst other influences, Garcia-Huidobro explains “our music has to do with very ancient Armonic and rhythm patterns that are used for ceremonial music across the Andes mountains, which go almost entirely across South America. It is hard to describe with words but it sort of resembles trance-like Tibetan sounds… we work from a organic electronic perspective with ancient rhythm patterns and Armonic sequences that were used in occultist happenings and rituals.” After recording and mixing the new album themselves at their own recording studio BYM Records, they partnered with German electronic master Atom TM, a musician and artist the group have a great deal of respect for. Unbeknown to Domingo, Atom was living just around the corner to him and it was a mutual friend who let on he was a fan of the band. The Korg synthesiser that Atom TM, plays on the record was used by Kraftwerk on tour during the 80’s. After the success of II the group toured more than ever, playing across the world and taking in festivals such as Primavera, ATP, Lollapalooza and SXSW. This time spent playing and experimenting solidified a deep-set musical bond that would ultimately act as the foundations for III. “We don’t really rehearse when we aren’t on tour, we just get together and have beers all the time – liquid rehearsals! All the songs on the new album were made while touring, coming out of open-air live medleys or very cold Russian basement soundcheck grooves.” These grooves found on III feel infinite in their construction, songs that are created to live on like an endless locked groove, “Songs can go on forever but are very easy to end as well because its constantly ending and beginning again, loops within loops. We work in a very similar structure to mantric songs or techno, we share a metric language there that coordinates the musical language. There are many layers in our music, most of them unknown even to us”.
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III is out 31/03 on Sacred Bones; listen to “Electric” below.
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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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