WL//WH Track Premiere: FEU FOLLET’s Dystopic Dance of “Ghosts In The Machine (ft. VLIMMER)”

WL//WH Premiere  Feu Follet

WL//WH is pleased to welcome back to the blog the Nancy, France-based Electronic-fuelled Synthpop / Coldwave / Post-punk one-man project Feu Follet, started in 2019 by musician and composer Alban Blaising, with the premiere of the haunting atmospheric single Ghosts In The Machine.”

The track features Berlin denizen and Blackjack Illuminist Records label honcho Alexander Leonard Donat, a.k.a. Vlimmer on vocals and lyrics, giving us a glimpse into Feu Follet’s forthcoming fifth album “Lost Locust”, due out on October 6, 2023 via Blackjack Illuminist Records.

It’s one of the first songs I composed for the new album. As with most of the tracks on the new album, I focused a little more on the guitars. For example, I used a lot of modulation effects like phasers or flangers. For the influences on this track, I would say that I took a lot of inspiration from a group like “The Mission”, a goth-rock with very catchy choruses. Obviously, there are always a lot of electronic elements. In the background, a random loop which runs on almost all the compositions made with my modular synth and also the use of FM synthesis on the middle break.

Lyrically, ‘Ghosts in the Machine’ paints a Post-Apocalyptic landscape of a decaying city where lost souls come together for an uplifting sense of unity and bliss through dancing.

A dramatic mercurial fusion of multi-layered frequencies concocts an urgent surreal headspace that waxes and wanes on a buzzing and crackling bed of shifting drum patterns, undulating humming low ends, twinkly chimes, bright twisted swirls, and swelling droning riffs laced with distorted wistful weeping guitar melodies, to surround an aching vocal agony of alienated baritone broods, soft sentimental cries, and distant angsty echoes, with unpredictable sways of ever-changing dystopic moods.

Feu Follet‘s fifth album “Lost Locust” is due out on October 6, 2023, CD / Cassette / Comic / Digital Download, through Berlin-based independent label Blackjack Illuminist Records.

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photo: ©Celine Lamendin