The Follower

The Field

The Follower

Fifth full-length album from Swedish-born, Berlin-based ambient techno specialist Axel Willner

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  1. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    He experiments with irregular rhythms more than ever on The Follower, while still preserving a sense of musicality throughout (inscrutable math techno, this isn't)
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  2. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Dare we say that Willner’s beats, moods and tempos are more consistent this time out, lending The Follower a much easier inroad on first listen
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  3. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The Field's new album is not a case of diminishing returns, but a work about refining electronic music which was, by definition, already perfect
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  4. 8.0 |   Spin

    At times it’s hard to tell where exactly he’s going, but that’s okay when it’s all too easy to get lost in the Field’s subtly nimble percolations
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  5. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Where he goes from here will surely be fascinating, but in the meantime you are strongly advised to check out of all distractions for an hour and surrender to his bewitching music
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Places him alongside Caribou as a master of emotional reverie. Print edition only

  7. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    "The Follower" worms its way nervously between major and minor keys, torn between a burly bass loop and gossamer choral pads
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  8. 7.6 |   Resident Advisor

    It's interesting when The Follower pushes in a new direction, but these three tracks are Willner doing what he does best, conjuring dreamlike soundtracks for meditative reveries
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  9. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    The Follower feels more progressive and experimental than anything that's gone before it
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  10. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Longer, darker, more dramatic tracks with a stronger emphasis on texture
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  11. 7.5 |   Beardfood

    For the most part, this is beautiful
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  12. 7.0 |   Gig Soup

    At this point, Axel Willner could let his beats pulse on for eternity and his fans would happily bask in the gorgeous moods created
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  13. 7.0 |   All Music

    Those who can't get enough of the stuff have another reliably durable set of techno that draws from dream pop, dub, and Krautrock
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  14. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    An album where Willner experiments with his own preconceptions and comes up trumps
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  15. 6.0 |   Crack

    While there are no clangers, or terrible tracks on The Follower, on occasions this record feels like The Field-by-numbers, and as a result it’s by no means his strongest work
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  16. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A decent enough record, and is worthy of your time, but lacks that special something that sets The Field apart in the techno world
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