Hot on the heels of our last release, we’re pleased to add Malta based artist Robert Farrugia to our label’s roster. Robert’s work may be familiar to those who follow labels such as Archives or Assembly Field and in ‘Almost There‘ we’ve a beautiful set of dreamy synth/piano sequences that will appeal to anyone who enjoys Stars of the Lid, Hammock or Good Weather For An Air Strike. Robert is a classically trained pianist and his album for Whitelabrecs provides a soothing backdrop of modern-classical tinged Ambience with a hint of Shoegaze.
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“Robert Farrugia is a composer from Malta who has released through labels such as Assembly Field, Post Global Recordings, Batenim and more recently Spanish imprint Archives. Robert is a classically trained pianist although his earlier work saw him produce experimental guitar-based music before returning to focus more on piano recordings in 2013.
Citing Ólafur Arnalds, Stars of the Lid and Taylor Deupree as his major influences, Robert’s work usually starts off with small motifs which are layered with a largely improvisational approach.
Robert has also performed live many times alongside artists such as Jimmy Bartolo, Joseph Wilkins, Timothy Garrett & Cosmicomics and he has also collaborated with Roman Willi, Warmth and SineRider. He’s also a member of Eyes To Argus, an atmospheric/shoegaze band who have recently released an album entitled ‘VEER’ in October 2017.
‘Almost There’ is an Ambient record with droning synth/piano texture in a similar vein to the aforementioned Stars of the Lid as well as Hammock and is a record that Robert quotes as being his first serious attempt at recording a full length album. It was recorded during the examination period of his first year at University and he used it as a means of breaking away from his hectic routine, over the course of 3 weeks. The contents of the record are soothing yet dramatic as they map out a relaxing space that pauses all of life’s challenges into microscopic slow motion frames. Almost There gives a sense of being on the brink of achievement and as the finish line comes into focus, moments of reflection and triumph overflow.”
Catalog number WLR035
Written and produced by Robert Farrugia
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photography by Chris Vella