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Earlier this year, Föllakzoid released its third long-player, the appropriately-named III, which also happens to be the trio’s strongest work to date. III consists of four expansive tracks; the shortest one runs for over nine minutes and its longest is nearly thirteen. Track times are rendered utterly immaterial when you’re actually listening to the thing, however, as you lose all sense of time, space and place while its propulsive neo-Krautrock rhythms and spiraling guitar patterns weave their magic web around your brain. III is rock minimalism that still possesses depth, it is vaguely industrial without sounding too cold and if it fails to put you in a trance-like state, then you’re not listening to it loud enough.

For III, the band wanted to expand their sound while building an atmosphere with mainly monochords and reiteration. After recording and mixing the album on their own at their studio at BYM Records, they partnered with German electronic maestro Atom TM to flesh out the album’s synth parts. Most of the sounds he provided were atonal electronic sounds, aiming for concrete frequencies and sampled organic glitches. (The Korg synthesizer Atom TM plays on this record was used by Kraftwerk on tour in the ’80s.)

III is a four-part minimal sound voyage in which you can hear Föllakzoid’s musical language developing into something more upbeat, obscure, and sharp, yet even simpler in terms of elements.

released 31 March 2015 on Sacred Bones Records BYM Records