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The deconstruction of techno has never sounded more decrepit and decayed than on Monolake’s haunting eighth studio album, Ghosts. The title track opens with a murky fidelity and gurgling keyboard tones, immediately nodding to Los Angeles’ witch house sound before a crisp cymbal plays against a muted beat. On closer listen, a sublime bass buried under the layers holds everything together with the sporadic pulses of chirping swamp frogs. The following “Taku” starts with various spooky-sounding ambiences overlapped and reverberated under the chilling trill of what sounds like a theremin. Some stuttered beats and distorted static keep “Afterglow” rhythmic in its austere bleakness. Recordings of running water play against a ticking clock, and a distant church bell chimes to give “Hitting the Surface” a dark woodsy feel (recalling The Blair Witch Project) before beats and keyboard tones finally surface. Deeply undulating bass tones, bent windchimes, and general things-that-go-bump-in-the-night ambiance make “Unstable Matter” the most delightfully unsettling track here.

Customer Reviews

Excellent Album!

Have patience, use headphones and listen to the amazing sounds and production skills of THE Robert Henke, formerly from Pan Sonic…earlier known as Panasonic.

Such an amazing album. Also, check out the album "Silence" from Robert Henke.

A Definite leap forward IMHO

I' ve always "liked" the music of Robert Henke, but I always felt that each of his albums have tended to lack some staying power. But I've always noted that his albums are hugely different from each other. Ghosts stands out, because a wide diversity of approaches and appeals can be tasted on a single album, and each track enriches the experience of the next . Not just that, but more of these pieces hold that spark of inspiration that ignited his earlier sounds, and none of them wear that spark out. The more I listen to this album the more I'm convinced that Henke has hit upon something quite new, actually, in the medium of electronic music. Brilliant.

to techno solider

Robert Henke wasn’t apart of Pansonic


Formed: 1995 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Monolake were among the most acclaimed and enduring artists to arise from the Berlin-based Basic Channel/Chain Reaction label group, run by Moritz "Maurizio" von Oswald and home to such champions of minimalist dub-techno austerity as Vainqueur, Substance, and Porter Ricks. Monolake initially consisted of Robert Henke and Gerhard Behles, but Behles departed during the early 2000s to run Ableton, the music software company that both producers established in 1999. For a stretch, Henke was Monolake's...
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