Out Now! Andrew Sherwell – Orthodox Tales

We’re pleased to kick off 2018 with a release from Andrew Sherwell who has chosen Whitelabrecs as home for his debut album ‘Orthodox Tales‘. This London based artist draws influence from the likes of Svarte Greiner, Xela and The Caretaker and his record has been mastered by German sound engineer Stephan Mathieu.

The record is full of snap, crackle and pop thanks to carefully arranged tape loops, Korg Volca keys, samples, effects, and field recordings and is a sleepy soundtrack to East European travelogue tales told by Andrew’s Grandfather in his childhood. We’re also pleased to welcome back Federica Jeanne de Luca who kindly provided the beautiful artwork.
Orthodox Tales should appeal to those who enjoy work by BvDubErinome or José Soberanes – you can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or grab one of the remaining copies by clicking the bandcamp player or link below.

This went to out to our mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, we’ve just got just 5 copies left! To find out, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/orthodox-tales

press release
“Orthodox Tales is the debut album from West London, UK based artist Andrew Sherwell. He was part of a stream of bands in and beyond his teenage years centred initially on jangly post-punk Funk. The band’s name would change routinely each time a band member left which was regularly and eventually, it was just Andrew left as the band grew more and more experimental in their approach. He did manage to rack up some releases around this period, some 30 years ago – however these are lost to the mists of time due to the Rough Trade period when things would come and go within a weekend.

Andrew is still an avid collector of physical records and thanks to inspiration drawn from Svarte Greiner, The Caretaker and Xela as well as Eastern European choral music, Film and soundtracks, Andrew has increasingly been inspired to create his own experimental music.
After a good deal of time spent working on the backbone of an album, Andrew had a demo in place and before submitting it to a label, he had it professionally mastered by Stephan Mathieu. He then dropped it over to us and the rest is history…

Orthodox Tales sees us welcome back Federica Jeanne De Luca, the artist that supplied the cover artwork for Philippe Lamy’s Inner Stretch. Her artwork provides a beautiful backdrop for this six track journey through tape loops, Korg Volca keys, samples, effects, and field recordings which re-enact the tales told by Andrew’s grandfather.

For the whole of the inter-war period, his grandfather travelled back and forth through the turmoil of the Balkans, Central Europe, the Caucasus and South Russia, returning with many treasures on the eve of the Second World War. Andrew recalls his Grandfather as an old man when he’d spend school holidays at his house. On occasion at bedtimes, his Grandfather recounted wild tales of his ‘adventuring’: of the peoples he met and their folk tales, of days lost in endless forests, of nights camped out on a sea of grasslands when the frost was so hard that his blanket twinkled in the moonlight, as brightly as the myriad stars above. He told of feasting with mountain goat herders and with Orthodox Bishops, of shape-shifting shaman and of beautiful Princesses, of demons and of angels in human form. After a while, he’d be lost, transported to the magical world of his descriptions. Grandfather would lower his voice, he would wander from the story into more philosophical byways and soon, Andrew would fall asleep.

Orthodox Tales is a deeply personal account of Andrew’s childhood experience but as the themes and anecdotes play out in musical form, the album works as a conduit in which to transfer these tales to you the listener.”

credits
Catalog number WLR033
Written and produced by Andrew Sherwell
Mastered by Stephan Mathieu
Artwork by Federica Jeanne de Luca

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Coming soon…Andrew Sherwell – Orthodox Tales

We’re keen to kick the year off as we’ve another exciting schedule planned for Whitelabrecs, in what will be our third year of operation. Last year was a great one, thanks to the support of our fans and listeners, friends and artists, then the blog and press support too.
To begin 2018 then, we welcome Andrew Sherwell who has chosen us as a home for his debut album ‘Orthodox Tales‘. This London based artist draws influence from the likes of Svarte Greiner, Xela and The Caretaker and his record has been mastered by German sound engineer Stephan Mathieu.
The record is full of snap, crackle and pop thanks to carefully arranged tape loops, Korg Volca keys, samples, effects, and field recordings and is a sleepy soundtrack to East European travelogue tales told by Andrew’s Grandfather in his childhood. We’re also pleased to welcome back Federica Jeanne de Luca who kindly provided the beautiful artwork.
Orthodox Tales should appeal to those who enjoy work by BvDubErinome or José Soberanes – you can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.

Whitelabrecs low-run releases will be made available suddenly without official release dates, meaning they’re likely to sell out fast. The best way to keep informed is to join our mailing list which can be located through our website menu.

press release
“Orthodox Tales is the debut album from West London, UK based artist Andrew Sherwell. He was part of a stream of bands in and beyond his teenage years centred initially on jangly post-punk Funk. The band’s name would change routinely each time a band member left which was regularly and eventually, it was just Andrew left as the band grew more and more experimental in their approach. He did manage to rack up some releases around this period, some 30 years ago – however these are lost to the mists of time due to the Rough Trade period when things would come and go within a weekend.

Andrew is still an avid collector of physical records and thanks to inspiration drawn from Svarte Greiner, The Caretaker and Xela as well as Eastern European choral music, Film and soundtracks, Andrew has increasingly been inspired to create his own experimental music.
After a good deal of time spent working on the backbone of an album, Andrew had a demo in place and before submitting it to a label, he had it professionally mastered by Stephan Mathieu. He then dropped it over to us and the rest is history…

Orthodox Tales sees us welcome back Federica Jeanne De Luca, the artist that supplied the cover artwork for Philippe Lamy’s Inner Stretch. Her artwork provides a beautiful backdrop for this six track journey through tape loops, Korg Volca keys, samples, effects, and field recordings which re-enact the tales told by Andrew’s grandfather.

For the whole of the inter-war period, his grandfather travelled back and forth through the turmoil of the Balkans, Central Europe, the Caucasus and South Russia, returning with many treasures on the eve of the Second World War. Andrew recalls his Grandfather as an old man when he’d spend school holidays at his house. On occasion at bedtimes, his Grandfather recounted wild tales of his ‘adventuring’: of the peoples he met and their folk tales, of days lost in endless forests, of nights camped out on a sea of grasslands when the frost was so hard that his blanket twinkled in the moonlight, as brightly as the myriad stars above. He told of feasting with mountain goat herders and with Orthodox Bishops, of shape-shifting shaman and of beautiful Princesses, of demons and of angels in human form. After a while, he’d be lost, transported to the magical world of his descriptions. Grandfather would lower his voice, he would wander from the story into more philosophical byways and soon, Andrew would fall asleep.

Orthodox Tales is a deeply personal account of Andrew’s childhood experience but as the themes and anecdotes play out in musical form, the album works as a conduit in which to transfer these tales to you the listener.”

credits
Catalog number WLR033
Written and produced by Andrew Sherwell
Mastered by Stephan Mathieu
Artwork by Federica Jeanne de Luca (behance.net/federicajeannedeluca)

Best of 2017: José Soberanes

We’ve another ‘best of 2017’ feature as we reflect over last year via the musical recommendations of our artists. We welcome back José Soberanes, who produced our fourth record ‘The Rising Tide’. Here is José’s top five


kj
spells
[Lost Tribe Sound]

“This album, with each one of these poised ambient settings reflects an assured creative sensibility, comfortably working within the conventions of the genre while confidently imprinting a personal stamp upon it, taking you to an unpredictable state of consciousness.”


sote
sacred horror in design
[Opal Tapes]

“This album is a idealized fusion of the musical heritage and tradition of Iran with the forward-thinking vision which has propelled his storied career producing techno, hardcore and computer music. A powerfully album indeed.”



shuta yasukochi

short stories
[Archives]

“Definitely one of my favorites of this year, full of nice shimmering tales and outstanding simplicity, calm, carefully blending of swelling guitars, spreading a sense of chill but warmth at the same time.”


9T Antiope
isthmus
[Eilean]

“This album, although it’s not an album for everyone, 9T Antiope creates a listening experience that is sombre and evocative, full of brilliantly laid off soundscapes.”

 


rafael anton irisarri
the shameless years
[Umor Rex]

“Ambient music falls under a distinct spectrum of effect. Some artists evoke alternate mental spaces, others provide a space for listeners to reconcile themselves to the present world, and many accomplish a bit of both. But, this album to me works as a powerful taste, strong, melancholic and a top notch ambient work indeed.”


What have you been up to José?
“In 2017 I released an album with ACR, a London based label called: “Our Gravity Ends” and it’s now sold out. I also made a collaborative album with Darren McClure at the lovely Shimmering Moods label, not available yet. I’m currently working on my next solo album for 2018 and reaching for a new home label to release it, so wish me luck!


You can find out more/buy José music here:
https://josesoberanes.bandcamp.com/music

Best of 2017: Nicola Fornasari

Our ‘best of 2017’ feature returns after a short festive break, as we draw breath ahead of what will likely be another busy year for Whitelabrecs. This time we caught up with Nicola Fornasari, one half of La Petite Vague and also of Xu, who contributes some excellent Modern Ambient selections:


bill seaman
epiphanies
[Fluid Audio]

“A dark and deep, emotionally intense album.
I really love the style of Bill Seaman and in particular it seems to me that in this record he has surpassed himself, thanks also to the help of his collaborators.
The perfect sound accompaniment for uncomfortable black and white movie scenes where people move slowly and interact with each other in a mysterious and unfathomable way.”


monolyth & cobalt
the dunen diaries
[Eilean]

“Bright as the sunlight refracted on the snow, I liked a lot this album (especially the CD with solo tracks).
How can you not be sad knowing that this will be the last record under this moniker?”



james murray

killing ghosts
[Home Normal]

“Abstract soundscapes at its best… a door between visible and invisible world.
Great sound design for a record that suggest and not trivially describe; just hit play and dive into your inner world, accept your feelings and feel better.”


seabuckthorn
turns
[Lost Tribe Sound]

“Mesmerising collection of rich and resonant tracks. A very personal work, with a unique guitar style (at least to my ears).
Stunning cover artwork by Gregory Euclide.”

 


Isnaj Dui
Poiesis
[Rural Colours]

“Anxious and tense, “Poiesis” is like a shamanic rite that allows to free yourself from mental obstacles and constructions. Nothing is taken for granted on this record!”

 


What have you been up to Nicola?
“I recently completed my new solo album, which will be released in spring 2018 (it will be my second release on Eilean!).
Also… I have many other projects for 2018 but for the moment I do not want to reveal too much!


You can find out more/buy Nicola’s music here:
substance.it
https://soundcloud.com/nicola-fornasari
https://xu-substance.bandcamp.com/
https://lapetitevague.bandcamp.com/


Out Now! Tsone – Purification Verses

We’re pleased to welcome back Tsone to Whitelabrecs, who released WLR number seven last year, a beautiful record long since sold-out. His new album is a set of five-minute-exact drones that will lull the mind with its delicate looping texture. For those unfamiliar, Tsone is Arizona, US based artist Tony Obr who’s released with labels such as Audiotalaia and Home Normal, with Ian Hawgood from the latter being responsible for mastering this one. Purification Verses should appeal to those who enjoy work by Marcus FischerRichard Ginns or Federico Durand – you can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.

This went to out to our mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, we’ve just got fifteen copies left! To find out, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/purification-verses

press release
“Tsone is Phoenix, Arizona artist Tony Obr, who returns to Whitelabrecs having released ‘Dovetail’ with us back in May 2016. Over the last ten years he’s also released work with the likes of Home Normal, txt Recordings and Audiotalaia. Tony’s background includes playing woodwind in school bands as well as Jazz ensembles but particularly over the last decade his focus has been in making electronic music. He teaches electronic music and regularly puts into practice his visual arts background too and this all adds to his creative focus.

Purification Verses is a record that has been complete for quite some time and has been mastered by Home Normal label owner Ian Hawgood. It’s a record where Tony set himself the rule of using only two production tools: A cheap children’s keyboard synthesizer and a looping patch constructed with Max/MSP. He also limited post-processing on the sound to keep a consistency throughout. Tony would usually use a large pool of tools including hardware synthesizers, samplers, effects pedals and custom built software instruments. However, for Purification Verses, he focuses on a more singular approach by limiting the tools at his disposal. He wanted to investigate all of the possibilities available to him through this stripped-down and limited choice of tools.

The result of the investigation yielded a series of songs with an inherent unity and cohesion that runs between them. This unity is most apparent in the formal organisation of each song, namely, two looping patterns played against each other for exactly 5 minutes.
Tony drew upon his visual arts background for influence as the methods used to compose these pieces are similar to how one might construct a series of paintings of formally similar variations on a theme.”

credits
Catalog number WLR032
Written and produced by Tony Obr
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Artwork by Harry Towell

A Closer Listen: Best Labels of 2017

We have been readers of A Closer Listen for many years and the site has had a hand in shaping the listening taste that aids the curation of Whitelabrecs. So we were thrilled to see this small label has been named one of A Closer Listen’s favourite labels of 2017, alongside top US label Constellation and Indonesia’s Tandem Tapes.


“The U.K.’s Harry Towell is no stranger to the ambient realm.  As Spheruleus, he’s unleashed many gorgeous albums into the world; as the head of Audio Gourmet, he continues to release Tea Break EPs; and in early 2016, he established Whitelabrecs as yet another outlet for beautiful music.  The fun part about the label is that the physical releases all look like 45s.  Each comes with a polaroid print as well.  With sounds ranging from the sedate to the drone-induced, the artists on the roster offer a seemingly endless supply of static, loops and lovely melodies, the perfect panacea for a fast-paced world.  The label released 16 albums in 2017, bringing their total to 32.” Richard Allen, A Closer Listen


To check out A Closer Listen’s full post, click the image above or HERE