The Follow: “Building Machines to Reach the Stars”

Mal Hartigan

On the second half of my drive, I popped in the next album.

The only issue I had with the album itself was the fact that I couldn’t figure out what the artist’s name was.

The front of the album reads, “Building Machines to Reach the Stars,” which I correctly assumed to be the album’s title.

Such a title gave the impression that perhaps the album would have an ethereal feel.

I had to open the case and search for the band’s name and finally found it on the back in smaller print under all of the track names.

If that’s the design an artist likes, that’s perfectly acceptable, but I figure it must be hard to obtain a following if a casual listener can’t figure out the name of the band that has created the album.

However, that has nothing to do with the album’s music.

The band’s name turned out to be “The Follow,” and its opening track was captivating.

The intro’s layered vocals certainly helped create an ethereal feel.

My impression from the first two tracks was that this is a very polished band. The recordings sound excellent, very professional.

The introductory track struck me as something Trent Reznor would produce, but it’s not as dark as his music and doesn’t have any electronic sounds.

The layering of vocals may be what reminded me of his music; it’s also reminiscent of 30 Seconds to Mars’ first album.

The second track, “Where It All Began,” doesn’t sound anything like the introductory track. It has a more typical rock feel.

If it sounded the same, though, the band wouldn’t display any form of musical diversity or talent.

I personally didn’t enjoy the second track as much as the first. The first track was more interesting and somewhat haunting.

Almost all of the tracks have layered male vocals. This has its appeal, but after several tracks, it becomes redundant.

Track four, “Circuits,” is twice as haunting as the intro, and really contrasts the rock feel from the two songs prior.

This album has an excellent pace. If this album is the product of a local band, I’d consider it fairly successful and talented.

I love music that can successfully incorporate electronic sounds; it really adds another dimension to the music.

If you’re an alternative rock fan and appreciate the ability to incorporate electronic sounds, this is an album worth listening to.

It has a great pace, and the album sounds very professional.

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