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Description: Measured, meticulous recordings on this beautiful new work from Machinefabriek. A gentle yet disconcerting 7" featuring two deeply emotive, rigorously focused and intensive compositions. Stunning as usual.
Background: "Up for a new 7" Rutger? A question like that is always a nice reminder for something I really like... to focus on a short amount of music. It's a bit like writing a short story instead of a book. There's still something of the "album feel" in there; two tracks that are closely related, both part of the same story. But there's not the issue of having to deal with the arc or dynamics of a complete full length record. In a way, this gives me the freedom to be more explorative and playful, like you could probably hear in my previous Champion Version 7", 'Snoepgoed', and in this new one 'Melodrama'. These tracks started by recording an online drum machine with a dodgy 4-track, then playing that back through a few effects pedals and looping bits of it. The resulting rhythm is the foundation of 'Melodrama 1', on which I started to arrange midi instruments onto, very intuitively. What started as something with a sort of lo-fi Autechre feel, to me anyway, became something completely different. Quite cinematic, and perhaps a bit… melodramatic? Well, I guess sometimes that's how I like it." - Rutger Zuydervelt
I go to sleep listening to this song, and I wake up in a beautiful dream state in the morning. It also helps me focus while I write and work. I was heartbroken when this song disappeared on Spotify, so the hunt began. I must say, this song was very difficult to find, but all the more rewarding when I found it. Jonathan Tilley