Sacred Bones – August 2nd

Like the best ambient music, the fourth album from Chile’s Föllakzoid rewards close listening – yet doesn’t require it. The band winds up its minimal tranced-out drones before setting them free to rumble away ad infinitum. Their approach is both blissfully elegant and intriguing as each of the four songs unfold. But it comes with a major caveat: beats. Often of the 4/4 variety, the intrusive pulse strips away the hazy veil of psychedelic epiphany the group works so hard to develop, rendering it all a bit predictable and limp. It’s a fatal flaw for the album. But these moments are often short-lived, allowing you to once again revel in Föllakzoid’s ‘non-rational, sonic artform and its energy’ as guitarist/singer Domingæ Garcia-Huidobro prosaically describes it.

Photo by Ebru Yildiz.

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