Home Diaries 015: Francis M. Gri

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

In our next edition, we welcome back Francis M. Gri from Milan, Italy. Francis contributed Apart to our catalog back in 2018 and also has releases on Time Released Sound and Slowcraft as well as his own label, KrysaliSound. For his Home Diaries edition, he original created a longform piece in the midst of the peak of the pandemic in Italy’s Lombardy region, based around Electric Piano keys. After he got in touch, Stanze e Distanze was a longform piece which he has developed further into a suite of 5 pieces, with added guitar, sansula and singing bowls. Electronic piano keys reflect the lonely socially-distant streets but also, the intimate warmth of being safe inside your own home. The singing bowls give a sense of distance and travel then, again, they also retain a meditative hum that is very much of the present. It is hoped that this record will provoke or aid an inner reflection and become a spring-board of positivity.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-015

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

We’re pleased to see Francis M. Gri return to our label after he contributed the album ‘Apart’ to our catalog back in 2018. Francis runs the KrysaliSound label and also has material on Slowcraft and Time Released Sound. Francis is from Milan in Italy’s worst affected area during this pandemic, the Lombardy region. He originally composed a longform piece named Stanze e Distanze shortly after the peak of the virus in his area, before he discovered our Home Diaries series.

After chatting with Francis, he went away to develop this piece into a suite of 5 sections, which he adapted with additional elements including guitar, sansula and singing bowls. It became a mini album and the title translates to ‘rooms and distances’, a simple title yet with plenty of scope for interpretation. Electronic piano keys reflect the lonely socially-distant streets but also, the intimate warmth of being safe inside your own home. The singing bowls give a sense of distance and travel then, again, they also retain a meditative hum that is very much of the present. It is hoped that this record will provoke or aid an inner reflection and become a spring-board of positivity.”

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Francis M. Gri
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 014: Polaroid Notes

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

In our next edition, we welcome back Polaroid Notes from Munich, Germany. The artist, Andreas, contributed Unsung Memories to our catalog back in 2017 and in fact, we’ve worked with him across each of our labels with The Long Bright Dark on Audio Gourmet and Sea Shores on Tessellate. Andreas also records more electronic based works as Kraut Sounds, as well as running his own label Drone Works International. He has had to stop his 300km commute and now spends 7 days a week at home, rather than 3. This extra time indoors has given him a chance to revisit and re-record some old rhodes piano tones and he’s added some newer tracks too. Moonlight Sessions is a pensive album, ideal for late night listening.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-014

-ARTIST LINK-
https://polaroidnotes.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-moonlight-sessions

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

In our next edition, we welcome back Polaroid Notes from Munich, Germany. The artist, Andreas, contributed Unsung Memories to our catalog back in 2017 and in fact, we’ve worked with him across each of our labels with The Long Bright Dark on Audio Gourmet and Sea Shores on Tessellate. Andreas also records more electronic based works as Kraut Sounds, as well as running his own label Drone Works International.

Before the pandemic took hold, we were in discussions with Andreas about releasing a new Polaroid Notes album, which has now been delayed. He’d moved from his office to a home-working environment, saving a 300km commute and adding four extra days at home. He had already created a Home Diaries themed album during the lockdown period, having re-recorded some older material as well as new improvisations using Rhodes piano keys as the main sound source.
Moonlight Sessions as its name suggests, is an album for quiet night-time reflection.”

credits
Written and produced by Andreas S
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 013: Pie Are Squared

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

Pie Are Squared is a project for Ravenna, Italy based Egyptian Mohammed Ashraf, who has released with labels such as Handstitched and Lost Children, as well as an album on Eilean Recs as one half of Śruti, in which he collaborates with Omrr. At the beginning of the year and prior to the pandemic, we were chatting with Mo about a forthcoming album he is set to release with us and unfortunately, our catalog was paused and we’ve had to shelve it for the time being. So wasting no time, he joined us on our Home Diaries series with ‘muri‘.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-013

-ARTIST LINK-
https://piearesquared.bandcamp.com/album/muri-home-diaries-013

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

Pie Are Squared is a project for Ravenna, Italy based Egyptian Mohammed Ashraf, who has released with labels such as Handstitched and Lost Children, as well as an album on Eilean Recs as one half of Śruti, in which he collaborates with Omrr. At the beginning of the year and prior to the pandemic, we were chatting with Mo about a forthcoming album he is set to release with us and unfortunately, our catalog was paused and we’ve had to shelve it for the time being. So wasting no time, he joined us on our Home Diaries series with ‘muri’.

He set himself the objective of placing the listener in his studio, situated in central Ravenna. Field recordings captured the daily routine from indoors as well as those caught from just beneath the windows, on the outside. These run all the way through the album, which has been adorned with dense soundscapes created from pretty much all of the equipment he owns. Disappointment has been a thread after gigs for his bands Void of Sleep and Postvorta were cancelled, we postponed the release of the forthcoming album and also, a trip back to Cairo was cancelled. However, there is a positive approach to this artist’s situation which results in a grounded, well-balanced set of six tracks, placing all the noise and chaos right alongside a sheer and enveloping calm.”

credits
Written and produced by Mohammed Ashraf
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 012: James Osland

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

Next up is the return of James Osland from Devon, UK. James released Gone For A While with us back in 2018 and has also released with labels such as Rusted Tone, Shimmering Moods and Audio Gourmet. His Home Diaries entry was inspired by noise pollution or at least, a lack of it as the lack of active industry has brought the sounds of the natural world to centre stage. His record sees field recordings and subtle, minimal Ambient drones share the same space comfortably in a truly restful sound environment.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-012

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

In this Home Diaries edition, we welcome back Devon, UK’s James Osland, whose album ‘Gone For A While’ was released by us back in 2018. James has also released music through Rusted Tone Recordings, Shimmering Moods and Green Field Recordings and also runs his own label, Elm Records.

James has continued working throughout the pandemic due to being a key worker, but he has found the general pace of life to have slowed considerably. This has given him more time to read, relax and write music and this record is influenced by noise pollution, as unwanted noise has disappeared. The natural world now has centre stage and this became the backdrop for an album in which field recordings are the main focus. Natural sounds are accompanied with only the gentlest placement of ambient drones for a subtle but detailed listen. It is best enjoyed in a quiet setting free from noise pollution; indoors or outdoors for a three dimensional listen, where you can bring further natural sounds to this environment.”

credits
Written and produced by James Osland
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 011: Hymns57

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

Next, we go back over to Guelph, Canada as we welcome the other half of Aural Tethers and (ph)authersHymns57Steven de Taeye has run the Aural Tethers show for many years and of course, this cassette label in recent times. During the day, he works alongside Joel Cuthbert of the Stillness and The Dancing in a record store and this has been closed during the pandemic. Steven’s Home Diaries features plenty of dusty reel to reel tape textures, as the medium is used to degrade various synth and guitar recordings. The pieces are all entitled Emotioncodes as they captured the emotions felt on the day of recording. For you the listener, they’re intended to provide a welcome blanket of comfort.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-011

-ARTIST LINK-
https://hymns57.bandcamp.com/album/emotioncodes

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

We return to Guelph, Canada for this release as we welcome another man behind the Aural Tethers label, Steven de Taeye who records as Hymns57. Aural Tethers is also a show focusing on the modern Ambient music scene and this essentially evolved into the label, which he runs alongside Fossil Hunting Collective, who contributed Home Diaries 009.

Emotioncodes is a set of 7 tracks, where synth or guitar loops were created, recorded to quarter-inch tape and then played through a 16 track recorder, before being fed back onto reel to reel tape again for some extra dust. This approach, which Steven describes as a magnetised orchestra, carries the theme of him trying to convey a specific emotion from the day of recording. The tracks became Emotioncodes, for you the listener to decode and it is hoped that throughout this dusty record, that you will find comfort.”

credits
Written and produced by Steven de Taeye
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell