Fol Chen: The False Alarms
Fol Chen make the soundtrack to a future that never was. To listen is to leave the comfort of nostalgia and land with both feet in a bolder 21st century. The False Alarms (Asthmatic Kitty, March 19) continues the band's electro-pop odyssey, now with a honed character and a more distinct palette of sounds. Fol Chen has also traded its cloak of anonymity for defiant confidence featuring Sinosa Loa as its new front voice.It's pop music for people who aren't sure where or when they are, but who know it's nowhere they've been before.
Fol Chen: Part II: The New December
For its second album, Highland Park sextet Fol Chen presentsáPart II: The New December, songs of malaise and miscommunication set to dark pop and glitch-riddled chamber funk. Since the band's inception, Fol Chen has remained a mysterious entity ? its membership disguised by masks and aliases, its lyrics appearing as transmissions from a fictional world. Fol Chen's wildly eclectic 2009 debut,áPart I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made, spawned some healthy praise (from NPR, no less), a remix album (featuring No Kids and Junior Vasquez, among others), a BBC session, and a video collaboration with the Laker Girls. Fol Chen's bent, blackened takes on the pop eccentrics of yore provided fresh context for its own kaleidoscopic songs, andáThe New Decemberáshores up the group's slippery identity further still. This is Fol Chen's most focused work ? as consistent as it is consuming, as enjoyable as it is unusual.á
Fol Chen: Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made
A Transmission from Fol Chen: "You know that mysterious black object that the creepy family is staring at on the cover of Led Zeppelin's "Presence" album? Fol Chen sound like that. But we don't sound like Led Zeppelin. (We actually do a little.) Instead, we sound like Prince with Amon Duul II and a children's religious revival, not to mention Hot Chip, Pink Floyd, Gwen Stefani, Pere Ubu, Danielson Famile, Scritti Politti, Boards of Canada, The Blow, and Pulp. (Mostly.) We are using secret powers and the guidance of legendary DJ Donna Donna to combat our nemesis, John Shade. We are cryptic and joyful and we would like you to dance."