Haunting and experimental I fell in love with this album at first listen (even my mother loved it, reminding her of her days listening to the Cure).
La Forêt Oubliée is absolutely capitvating and you just can't resist being pulled into it's enticing aesthetic!
Favorite track: Les chasseurs.
"If you’ve been searching for the perfect 80’s action/sci-fi/horror movie feels to warm you up this winter, look no more! La forêt, the latest album by Feu Follet has everything! It’s perfectly synthwave, perfectly pop, and perfectly dark. The twists and turns of this album are unpredictable and much appreciated. This album is ridiculously awesome." - Sounds and Shadows (USA)
"The album moves along like a mixtape brilliantly generated on the footprints of of The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths, its unconstrained dna is molding poetry: it elicits plenty of catharsis, inflected in a subdermally unique monologue of shadows and eclipses. - 87%" - GIGsoup (UK)
"Captivating aesthetic experience that travels between the atmospheric waves of shoegaze and dream-pop without ever neglecting the territories of synthwave. From chameleon sounds to dense atmospheres, Feu Follet's new album is a purely instrumental journey to the limits of our imagination." - Threshold Magazine (POR)
"Stunning. An album that is going to be discussed a lot not just for the music, but also for the comic book which comes with it." - Noise Journal (USA)
"Blurs the thin lines between synthwave, new wave, coldwave, post-rock and shoegaze. [...] heralding something dangerously obscure and ominous." - White Light / White Heat (ITA)
"Seductive vintage synths [and] refined guitar strokes [...] cleverly mixed within each song."This album confirms all the good impressions aroused by the predecessor album. A further qualitative leap." - Darkroom Magazine (ITA)
"Postwave or nowave sound / 1980's / 1990's feeling / robotic synth / modern and futuristic sense to it at the same time / into space / almost like metal / "Bladerunner" / lighter beats / Flock Of Seagulls / new wave / synth-like guitar / "Doctor Who" / video game drama / "Street Fighter" NES game soundtrack / just feels like we're moving so smoothly, defeating crime along the way / funky rhythms / post rock vibe / fast paced keys-based sound which makes me either want to get up and dance or just drive really fast at night / a definite dance number with the drums and funky bass lines / slows down to this darker guitar riff" - Raised By Cassettes (USA)
"Flipped out, futuristic synthwave gemstone. Very unique" - Last Day Deaf (GRE)
"The album is a lush story all on its own, and the comic merely adds images to it. And what's truly impressive is that such a cohesive work could still have tracks worthy of being singles" - Pat 626 Subculture Shock (USA)
"Combining electronic sound art with a lively naturalness that is quite futuristic, but also captures the fascination of the forest. The instrumental beauties reflect our own life stories, the diversity and the wildness, the calm and the serenity. Makes the forest as a soundspace a fascinating and beautiful place" - Underdog Fanzine (GER)
"Often supercharged and energetic. The pieces contain an industrial/synthwave sort of energy, with vocals spoke-sang over riveting synth basses and clipping electronic percussion. An interesting new approach to a well-trod genre. Worth checking out." - Issues Magazine (USA)
"Such terrific music" - Life Elsewhere (USA)
"A talented visual artist as well as a musician [...] retrofuturistic horror soundtrack music [...] an intense brand of synthpop shot through with unsettlingly atmospheric guitar noise [...] pairs retro synth music with washes of darkly ethereal sound that could be classed as ambient or even a kind of electronic dreampop [...] eerie, wavering drones and shoegaze noise with rhythmic electronic music that's danceable and chilling all at once." - Bliss Aquamarine (UK)
"I like the concept of the album. There’s an interesting story behind, which inspired the artist to compose his music. You rapidly feel this soundtrack approach resulting in some elaborated songs with delicate sound treatments. The song “La Disparition” is a remarkable track illustrating this delicacy." - Side-Line (BEL)
Although it is already the second full length within six months, Feu Follet, hailing from Nancy, France, can still be considered a new project. Yet it is already one with a very clear vision. "La forêt oubliée” (the lost forest) represents the heart and soul of its creator and only band member, Alban Blaising. The nature photographer merges his love for animals, the woods, the mysterious, film scores, wave music and atmospheric genres like shoegaze and dream pop into a highly coherent album that, at the same time, defies the boundaries of the genres mentioned. It is accompanied by a haunting 20-page comic drawn by Blaising himself and covers all 11 tracks. The story? A boy discovers a mysterious tombstone while playing in an ancient forest, which eventually sets a series of strange events in motion: animals disappear into nothing, hunters can no longer kill, hikers hear spectral voices and see spooky lights. Attracted by the headstone, the boy keeps returning until he suddenly disappears. Nowhere to be found by people desperately searching the woods for him, the boy makes a scary encounter with a skeletal creature that seems to take possession of him more and more.
What makes the background story so important and this album so fascinating is how well it all blends together. Your inner eye shows a film full of darkness, moments of light, drama, childhood, horror, innocence, paranoia and beauty. The first track serves as a teaser, it’s the entrance into the woods and all its offerings. When the boy enters the scene you can almost hear his footsteps in the grass and his chuckling echoing from the trees. When he disappears, the music becomes bleaker, in parts claustrophobic – here the comic shows him crying underground sitting on a pile of skulls. Captivating, disturbing and fascinating.
Obwohl es bereits das zweite Album innerhalb eines halben Jahres ist, kann Feu Follet aus Nancy, Frankreich, immer noch als neues Projekt betrachtet werden. Es ist jedoch bereits eines mit einer klaren Vision. "La forêt oubliée" (der verlorene Wald) repräsentiert das Herz und die Seele seines Schöpfers und einzigen Bandmitglieds: Alban Blaising. Der Naturfotograf verschmilzt seine Liebe zu Tieren, Wäldern, dem Mysteriösen, Filmscores, Wave und atmosphärischen Genres wie Shoegaze und Dream Pop zu einem außerordentlich kohärenten Album, das gleichzeitig die Grenzen der genannten Genres sprengt. Begleitet wird das Ganze von einem gespenstischen 20-seitigen Comic begleitet, der von Blaising selbst gezeichnet wurde. Die Story? Ein Junge entdeckt beim Spielen in einem uralten Wald einen mysteriösen Grabstein, was schließlich eine Reihe seltsamer Ereignisse in Bewegung bringt: Tiere verschwinden im Nichts, Jäger können nicht mehr schießen, Wanderer hören unheimliche stimmen und sehen gespenstische Lichter. Fasziniert von seinem Fund kehrt der Junge immer wieder zu ihm zurück, bis er plötzlich verschwindet. Die Suche nach dem Vermissten bleibt erfolglos, stattdessen begegnet er einer skelettartigen Kreatur, die ihn immer mehr in Besitz zu nehmen scheint.
Was die Hintergrundgeschichte so wichtig und dieses Album so faszinierend macht, ist das Ineinandergreifen. Vor dem inneren Auge zeigt sich dem Hörer ein Film voller Dunkelheit, Drama, Momente des Lichtes, Kindheitserlebnisse, Grauen, Unschuld, Paranoia und Schönheit. Der erste Track dient als Teaser, ist der Eingang in den Wald und all seine Faszination. Als der Junge die Szene betritt, hört man fast seine Schritte im Gras und sein Kichern von den Bäumen widerhallen. Wenn er verschwindet, wird die Musik düsterer, teilweise klaustrophobisch. Das passt, denn der Comic zeigt ihn weinend auf einem Schädelhaufen unter der Erde sitzend.
Fesselnd, verstörend, faszinierend.
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Slaves is my favorite song, although Crosses comes at such a close second... this LP and acts of worship I both need to own in some sort of physical copy one day, they're so good at expressing emotions I didn't even know I felt... yona
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To say anything seems very British and I reserve my words for the evil empire that still plays it again San!
Karl Morten Dahl is the Nobel one and the only one. & ...————————————/
Ian Curtis should still be here. Not the likes of those vile hacienda hackers
I live to hate those pathetic NMe,melody maker/ he get paid to try and deconstructi a band ; not unlike mov/ today
Antipole is potent -proper and intelligent.
Superior and kind.
Etheric remixes make the music Manikinzero
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Perfect albums don't have to be long, but the music has to hit the heart and the nerve. This is one of them. After I liked the digital album I ordered one of the last CDs. It arrived today. The CD has a special velvety feel. And an autograph card to go with it. Thank you Mariusz! I hope to see you live one day. Keep up the good work! ConcertJunkie