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Robert Merlak

SWIM03 | 2020-07-01  
Fans of Vladislav Delay, Pan Sonic and early Autechre pay attention.

Finomehanika is Robert’s first solo release in 20 years since 2000’s album Albumski on Phthalo and is without a doubt his most refined work to date. Musically, it is a very intricate 42-minute machinist journey that makes heavy use of the piano and field recordings for an added layer of depth and ambience. Stylistically the album combines the frayed melancholia of Vladislav Delay’s Multila with the strangely real-sounding yet otherworldly mechanics of Autechre in their Confield era. However, Finomehanika sounds thoroughly unique. The line between synthesized sound and manipulated recordings blur to a point where one becomes the other. The often subtle use of field recordings prevents us from drifting too far into the abstract, keeping us grounded in a fragmented, confusing but familiar environment.

Finomehanika is Robert’s first solo release in 20 years since 2000’s Albumski on Phthalo. The sleeve was designed by Michael Tan known for his previous work with artists such as Blanck Mass and Dopplereffekt. The album features on piano Robert’s brother Miro, better known for his releases as Qwerty. The brothers also recently collaborated on 2019 album Na Vrućem Krovu by Robert’s art-pop band Marinada.
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