Fol Chen on Sale on iTunes

October 24th, 2013 , by

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The False Alarms, Fol Chen’s latest and greatest, is on sale on iTunes for just $7.99.

iTunes User pomengranates gave it five stars, calling it “future music.” User shajaaaahaaajaaa loves it too, suggesting that “in no way should you hesitate to buy this.” Here here iTunes friends.

Click here to purchase on iTunes.

 

 

 

Fol Chen Release New Video to “False Alarms”

August 3rd, 2013 , by

In March, Fol Chen released their third LP, The False Alarmspure pop on the surface, witty and appealing, but all the more satisfying for the dark and uncanny sensibility lurking just beneath. Now, Keith Musil has released a video, accompanying the album’s title track, that acutely captures the wry and ambiguous tone of Fol Chen’s eerie pop project.

Almost like a horror movie, Musil’s “The False Alarms” starts out at a spooky teenaged slumber party, but when a game of “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” takes an unexpected turn, it’s not quite clear whether the audience should be frightened or elated. When the main character, played by Fol Chen vocalist Sinosa, rises from the floor, has she become liberated from gravity, or trapped in the air? Is she suspended by dark forces beyond her control, or is she levitating under her own power? The video, and Sinosa’s unsettingly serene performance, refuse to give us any simple answers.

Composer Jules Gimbrone just sent in a remix of “False Alarms,” which you can listen to here or below.

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Asthmatic Kitty Invade UK

June 4th, 2013 , by

We have not one, not two, but four shows in just three days for Asthmatic Kitty artists Fol Chen and Denison Witmer in London, starting on June 3.

Denison’s recently released self -titled album has received glowing praise from the likes of Uncut, who gave it an 8/10 and said “it’s a beauty” and  featured one of Denison’s tracks on their Best Albums of the Month compilation.  Denison will play his first headline UK show  at the Angel in Islington on June 3. He follows that  and then an invite only show at Black’s, also in London on June 4 (for an invite, please email tom at asthmatickitty dot com.  Denison then heads north to Manchester for a show at the Castle on June 5.  All ticket details are available on the tour page.

Fol Chen will make their way into the UK for their first London show for 3 years when they play a free gig at the Shacklewell Arms, London on June 5.  Tickets can be downloaded here. They’ll be playing songs from their brand new long player The False Alarms described by The Line of Best Fit as “everything is meticulous, deliberately ingenious. It all flows excellently; there’s no disjointed genre-hopping here.”

All Skate: New Video from Fol Chen

April 13th, 2013 , by

Premiered by Impose Magazine here, and directed by Chris Wilcha, this new video of “I.O.U.” captures everything you love about roller skating and Fol Chen at the same time.

“I.O.U.” comes to us from Fol Chen’s new album, The False Alarms. Notably Canadian Exclaim wrote that “listening to The False Alarms is like hooking up an I.V. drip with maple syrup to your arm.”

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A Great Leap Forward: Fol Chen’s False Alarms Out Now

March 19th, 2013 , by

Fol Chen returns with The False Alarms, hits from a secret dance party you haven’t been to yet. The Los Angeles band’s kaleidoscopic first two albums (Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s MadePart II: The New December) offered a taste of everything:  minimal electronic grooves and complex layers of organic sound pivoting across genres from rock to soul/funk to dance.  The only constant across their extremes of experimentation, through all the asymmetrical rhythms and screwed vocals, was the consistency of their pop instincts.  The vehicle for their musical ideas was always a tightly, meticulously synthesized earworm.  Their third communication, The False Alarms, takes Fol Chen’s subversive strategy one leap forward.

There has always been a dark undercurrent to their music.  Like a Philip K. Dick novel, Parts I & II warped the world around us into a cryptic, surreal vision of the future,  sometimes to grotesque or even disturbing effect.  But The False Alarms is that much more emotionally direct:  funkier, funnier, sadder and sexier, sometimes all at once.  This time, there’s no mistaking the lingering aftereffects of the slow toxin under the crunchy, ear-candy coating.

Buy it here.

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200 Words: New Video from Fol Chen

March 5th, 2013 , by

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SPIN has debuted a brand new video from Fol Chen. In the video for “200 Words” astronauts launch into space, only to fall back down again. Aaron Ohlmann directed the video, which features vocalist and keyboardist Sinosa Loa of Fol Chen.

View some photos from the shoot here.

“200 Words” is the first single from The False Alarms, which comes out March 19th and is available for preorder now.

The False Alarms: a new album coming from Fol Chen

January 10th, 2013 , by

Los Angeles band, Fol Chen, will release their third album, The False Alarms, on March 19.

Fol Chen will tour North America this spring in support of the release.

Fol Chen’s first two records, PART I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made  and PART II: The New December (produced by Samuel Bing and Julian Wass) cemented the band’s place as peddlers of dark pop in the alleys of independent music. Their live entity has a wide artistic reach with a propensity for interactive projects like the Tetrafol, a motion-based sound toy developed with musical interface pioneers Monome. Band events have been presented at sites such as the Los Angeles County Museum of ArtThe Annenberg Space for Photography, and the Walker Art Center.

If you’ve heard their songs “In Ruins” or “Cable TV,” The False Alarms will change the way you think about Fol Chen. The band calls the genre of False Alarms  “Opera House,” a name lifted from Malcolm McLaren but recoined as beat-driven electronica with grand, operatic gestures and lyrically-dense storytelling. The songs, written by Bing and Sinosa, play together as a surreal journey with a human core, created in a year marked by sudden losses of family and friends. On the dance floor or in the bedroom, The False Alarms is a set of pop symphonies that are chopped, screwed, mangled and beautiful.

We are releasing The False Alarms on March 19th, 2013.

 

 

ANNOUNCING THE TETRAFOL, FROM FOL CHEN

November 21st, 2011 , by

Fol Chen has joined forces with Monome and Machine Project to bring you the Tetrafol. Some of you already instinctually know what this is, because you've been waiting for it all your life.

Others may need an explanation, so here goes: The Tetrafol is a hand-held tangible electronic sound toy. Circuits enclosed by a wooden tetrahedron detect orientation and motion-gestures to modify the playback of a collection of Fol Chen's micro-compositions. Users can explore sound through objectual physical manipulation. The battery-powered device has its own internal speaker but can additionally be hooked up to a headphone or amplifier for broader consumption and recording purposes.

The circuit and firmware are based on open-source hardware and is itself published as open-source, allowing anyone interested to learn about its deepest inner-workings.

There are only 100 of these devices. You can buy one for $110 right now by clicking here. For now.

To get information about Fol Chen in your email, go here

Hear a song created with these microcompositions below:

Fol Chen, “So Good” by asthmatickitty

GET YOUR OWN FOL CHEN SONG AT WALKER ART CENTER ON THURSDAY

July 26th, 2011 , by


Samuel Bing and Sinosa Loa of Fol Chen have invented something amazing they call The Fol Chen Verbal Algorithm Composer-Free Song Generator. They'll debut this wonderful new process at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on Thursday from 2pm to 6pm. 

Fill out a survey about the artwork of your choice at the Walker, bring it toBing and Loa and you'll receive a custom song on CD mere minutes later. You must see to believe. More info here

FOL CHEN: DAVID BOWIE, SUFJAN. OTHER NAMES TOO. GOBSMACKED.

May 23rd, 2011 , by


 

So, Fol Chen. Desert dwellers. Underculture purveyors. Marketers of glitz and glam. Let's talk.
 
You know David Bowie right? Fol Chen remixed his lovely 1975 "Golden Years," the leading track to his supposedly cocaine-fueled (and non-supposedly brilliant) Station to Station. And Fol Chen does it some serious justice, for KCRW's DJ Eric J. Lawrence's remix-travaganza celebrating the re-master of the album. Hear it (and other great takes on the song) here.  This remix is so captivating, British music Simon Reynolds said it "gobsmacked" him. Sorry about that Simon.
 
You may also have heard of Sufjan Stevens. Yes, Fol Chen covered him too, pulling from the pop-rich lyrically-morose "I Walked." Leading vocals on the cut is Simone White, and when Fol Chen+Simone White/Sufjan Stevens, you get a ballad hit optimus-transformed pop hit. We dare you to listen and forget about it. We triple-dare. Try, on Pitchfork, here.
 
Finally, Fol Chen wrapped up a score on a new documentary from filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, entitled Beauty CULTure. It just premiered, and will be up at the Annenberg Space for Photography for a few months. Similarly, Greenfield's "Fashion Show" mixes filmed footage with still photography of runway shows, all set to Fol Chen's "The Longer You Wait." Watch it here.
 
Did we say Fol Chen has been in the desert? Strange things happen there.
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