The Follower

The Field - The Follower
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #287 / 775
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2016 Ratings: #294
April 1, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kompakt / Label
Minimal Techno / Genres
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The Skinny
As such, it’s difficult not to think of John Peel’s oft-quoted summary of The Fall: "always different, always the same."

In a culture that tends to prefer celebrating the new and novel, the appearance of yet another excellent LP by the Field might feel like old news. But that doesn't make the incredible The Follower any less worthy of a listen.

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.
It’s not a coincidence that his music is an exercise on repetition and sampling and looping (perhaps on the subject of human nature itself), just like a memory machine. This album is, before anyone else say it is case of diminishing returns, a work of mastery, a manifesto on looking behind.

Willner likes to spoil his listener with a great many layers, carefully blended together in an impressionistic aural massage that is at once both calming and invigorating.


The Field's very first album set a high bar with its title, From Here We Go Sublime, and the truth is that he got there a long time ago. But even if, at this point, he's just rearranging the furniture in God's own living room, it's still an environment unlike any other.

Resident Advisor

Defined by repetition and mesmerizing as ever, The Follower isn't a huge stretch for Willner.

Under The Radar

The Swedish techno luminary's trademarked looping rhythms and exquisite technical execution are a constant presence, yet The Follower feels more progressive and experimental than anything that's gone before it.

As ever, indisposed listeners with little patience will hear Willner's tracks as distended and routine. Those who can't get enough of the stuff have another reliably durable set of techno that draws from dream pop, dub, and Krautrock. It has the potential to stupefy, if in very familiar fashion.
No Ripcord

Willner continues to move into more exploratory territory, though in taking his music to a denser, more obtuse place, the divine simplicity that’s defined his entire body of work suffers.

Drowned in Sound

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

Crack Magazine

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.

The Follower excellently portrays wandering around in a shady part of your downtown area and anxiously checking your back at every moment possible. Starts off mind-numbingly repetitive and then mellows down into a mesmerizing state of bliss. It would have benefited from a stronger resolution, but all in all, another great record from The Field.

Favourite tracks: The Follower, Pink Sun, Monte Veritá
( ☆☆☆ ) nice concept, a bit irregular/boring at times.
Raise the Dead, if you enjoy this track you'll enjoy The Field
Reliable as ever. A fresh suite of pulsing minimal beats and hypnotic micro-samples. The magic is fully revealed when he de-constructs his sound. Masterful.
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Added on: February 3, 2016