Download: Fol Chen, ”˜200 Words’



Fol Chen, L.A.’s merry band of sound collagists led by producers (the men known as) Samuel Bing and Julian Wass, return in March with their third collection of wonky, effects-laden pop. The band announced today that “The False Alarms” would be out March 19 on Asthmatic Kitty, the label that gave us Fol Chen’s “Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made” in 2009 and “Part II: The New December” in 2010. Like all but a handful of Fol Chen’s songs (“Cable TV” and “In Ruins” qualify as singles in the indie universe), the new song “200 Words” draws from a “junk drawer” (the press release’s words, not mine) of sounds. But like all good collages, the assemblage somehow works, even at more than 6 minutes. The vocals come courtesy of Sinosa Loa, the featured singer on the new album.

||| Download: “200 Words”

||| Live: Fol Chen performs March 29 at the Bootleg Bar.