Affet Robot (meaning Forgive Robot) is an Istanbul-based dark-synth project. “The dark-synth pop project gathers his influences from the obscure side of the 80’s. Analog synthsizers, drum machines, reverbed vocals and chorus laden 80’s iconic guitars and melancholic turkish lyrics are what conjure Affet Robot.” Late last year, Affet Robot released an incredible 80s inspired EP titled Huzursuz Seyirler via Audioban Records. The EP was recorded at Red Bull Studios in Amsterdam. Affet Robot is set to release a new album sometime this year so stay tuned for more info on that via their different socials (Facebook, Instagram).
We caught up with Eren Günsan (founding member of Affet Robot) and asked him to pick three albums that have influenced him and his music. Check out his picks below.
Huzursuz Seyirler is available here: https://affetrobot.bandcamp.com/album/huzursuz-seyirler or here: https://lnkfi.re/affetrobot
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Organisation
80’s unique drum machines, chugging bass lines, dynamic synths and rich vocals. Although these components are satisfying, Orchestral Manoeuvres is more than this. The album has a good harmony of joy & sorrow and I have always been attracted by contradictions like these. I think the gloomy cover photo of the album also matches the sound and the concept. In the album, ‘Enola Gay’ and ‘2nd Thought’ are striking tracks for me. Overall, Organisation is an album inspired me by showing how genuine sound can be.
Blancmange – Happy Families
When you look at the cover illustration of the album, you can see a childish image including happy animals and a farm-like place. This is exactly what I feel when I listen to Happy Families; childish moroseness and playful attitude. British synth-pop duo Blancmange has an remarkable impact especially on the sound of my debut album Röntgen.
New Order – Power Corruption and Lies
A birthday party in graveyard. This is the image that I see when I listen New Order, spesifically their album Power Corruption and Lies. I think, their first album Movement based on the ashes of Joy Division, however Power Corruption and Lies is the album that they revealed their uniqness as New Order. During the producing of my latest EP called Huzursuz Seyirler, this album was one of the biggest inspiration for me.