The first single from Fol Chen’s second album, “In Ruins,” had a fun, ’80s R&B vibe to my ears. “The Holograms” is more tightly wound, with a controlled female vocal following the piano melody closely. Like “In Ruins,” the drums are syncopated and pounding, a good contrast to the restrained vocals. The press release on Part II: The New December says “The Holograms” is about “the treachery of memory”; you’ll hear that in the song’s breakdown, where “I’m sorry, I’ve forgotten your name,” doesn’t sound like an apology at all.
Fol Chen – “The Holograms”
If you like that grinding keyboard in the background, you can download it as a ringtone from Asthmatic Kitty here.
Part II: The New December is out now via Asthmatic Kitty.
07/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (Album release show)
07/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
07/09 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
07/10 – Portand, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
07/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
08/03 New York, NY Mercury Lounge *
08/04 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool *
08/05 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s *
* = w/ Baths