With Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made, California sextet/Liars-affiliates Fol Chen wove a knotty narrative around quirked electronics, funk, and percussion. Its sequel promises a continuation of the plot, picking up in a world “covered in ash, plagued by acid rain.” There’s much more to the tale, though that’s enough background for “In Ruins,” the album’s first single. Few post-apocalyptic dance songs are this summer-party worthy — flanked by blurpy synths and modal motifs “Walking around the streets tonight everything’s in ruins” sounds practically celebratory. A song to new beginnings then. As before, Fol Chen are keeping their faces and likenesses masked and obscured, although you’ll be able to get a better glimpse at them on their upcoming tour opening for Liars, where they’ll double as extended members of Angus Andrew’s crew. Here’s “In Ruins”:
Part II: The New December is out 6/6 via Asthmatic Kitty. The album features vocals from Angus and Aaron of Liars, Kárin Tatoyan, and singer-songwriter Simone White.