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FÖLLAKZOID is a band from Santiago/Chile, comprised of four young multi-faceted musicians Juan Pablo (bass, vocals), Diego (drums), Alfredo (synth) and guitarist Domingo. Having dabbled in everything from classic rock to punk before, they started to jam together in 2008, played non-stop without speaking for two hours and were seemingly overtaken by a trance without any clear reference point. After they made their first show they began to delve into 60's German krautrock while cultivating the love of motorik beats.

They recorded their first self-named record in 2009 and also birthed BYM (Blow Your Mind Records) to release this record and others from their burgeoning psych scene in Santiago. Generally they take their time when recording albums, allowing two years in between perfecting their songs with their goal being to make something organic, that breaths on it's own, which integrates into part of a separate, higher and bigger living organism.

Their current album 'II', released in 2013, shows the band growing an enormous amount as songwriters, focusing on more developed songs and structures while blending a psychedelic/space fundament with motoric krautrock elements.

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4.04 | 6 ratings
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 II by FÖLLAKZOID album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 14 ratings

Föllakzoid Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars FOLLAKZOID are a Psychedelic band out of Chile and this is studio album number two for this four piece released in 2013. Same lineup as on the debut and both cover arts are among my favourites. I can't say much has changed since the 2009 debut and that's a good thing. For me it's all about their sound as they trip along and jam. Some vocals and they almost speak the lyrics but they are a nice touch. Spacey synths also add to their signature sound.

"Trees" is an uptempo opener with plenty of energy as the vocals come and go. "9" has a catchy beat as vocals arrive after a minute. Synths come and go then some fuzzed out guitar too before 2 1/2 minutes then themes are repeated. "Rio" opens with sounds that echo as drums and bass join in. Distant sounding vocals before 1 1/2 minutes and they are brief. This song trips along at a mid-tempo pace and the vocals come and go.

"99" is more laid back but they amp it up quickly. Vocals join in as they echo. I really like this one. "Pulsar" is the long closer with an intense rhythm section and spacey synths over top. Very repetitive. Guitar too and then they slow it down a notch late. So another consistent album and again it's all about how this sounds for me. It's a pleasure to hear this type of music. A solid 4 stars.

 Föllakzoid by FÖLLAKZOID album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.04 | 6 ratings

Föllakzoid Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Chile is my favourite South American country when it comes to adventerous music. I remember with fondness when I really delved into bands from this nation. And have you seen some of the scenery from this region, some of the most beautiful scenes in God's creation. FOLLAKZOID are a young 4 piece band who sort of stumbled into the style of music they now play. Having discovered Krautrock from the late sixties and early seventies it soon became their inspiration. The album cover recalls AMON DUUL II's debut somewhat and it is special. As much as I like this their debut from 2009 I understand the next two are even better, and I'm looking forward to hearing them both.

My favourite tracks of the five are the first two. "Sky Input I" opens with spacey synths before these motorik beats provide the backbone arriving a minute in. Such a trippy and contagious sound. Distant vocals pretty much repeat the same lines. They will come and go. A heavier sound after 3 1/2 minutes and when the vocals return they are more prominent. So good! Vocals stop again around 5 1/2 minutes and we get some distorted guitar here. Vocals are back and the tempo is faster until it calms right down after 7 minutes to end it.

"Sky Input II" is dark and trippy with picked guitar and a relaxed beat with bass. The guitar will become more aggressive and distorted as the sound becomes more powerful. This is much slower paced than the opener. It winds down late to end it. "El Humo" has some energy as drums and bass create an uptempo groove and guitar expressions arrive over top. Catchy stuff as the vocals join in. A heavy but melodic track with some excellent guitar.

"Loop" is another catchy tune with a heavy fuzzed out groove. Distant vocals join in as well. An experimental calm before 1 1/2 minutes then it kicks in again. Check it out at 2 1/2 minutes as the vocals step aside. Experimental with some unique guitar. Heavy and slow although some brief picked guitar 4 minutes in provides some light. It starts to wind down after 7 1/2 minutes but then kicks in again quickly to an uptempo groove with vocals.

"Directo Al Sol" opens with spacey sounds as loud drums beat and guitar expressions join in. Bass follows and I like the depth it provides. Heaviness just before 4 1/2 minutes and it's more uptempo with some almost extreme vocals surprisingly.

A modern take on Krautrock I suppose, very psychedelic regardless, and if your into these styles of music this is well worth checking out.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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