Today we can announce the official release date of our next highly limited physical edition. WLR008 is Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA) based artist Russell Glynn. In ‘Examples Of‘ Russell presents an album of guitar and violin drones that will appeal to fans of William Basinski, Stars Of The Lid and Kyle Bobby Dunn. The cover artwork is provided by the artist and the album sees the return of Maps and Diagrams on mastering duty.
The album went out to the Whitelabrecs mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, just 9 physical copies remain! To grab one of these remaining copies simply click HERE or on the Bandcamp player above. Once it’s all sold out, you’ll still be able to purchase a digital version – to avoid missing out in the future, why not join our mailing list?
“Russell Glynn is a Cambridge, MA, US-based musician. ‘Examples Of’ is Russell’s first album to be released for label distribution, the homespun result of freewheeling experimentation and careful tinkering.
Russell picked up a violin at age nine, with guitar and keyboard following shortly thereafter. True to his lineage in makeshift home recording, Russell’s work is driven by improvisation and sonic spontaneity. Russell starts by building a barebones structure from a loop, then hits record and allows layers to crystallise naturally. As the inspiration to improvise wanes, Russell digs up previously recorded sessions, eventually committing to a found idea or theme. Russell then takes stock of his experiments and decides what is best to include as part of an album or other body of work.
‘Examples Of’ is one such body of work with the nine tracks that comprise the album being derived from three key elements: guitar, violin, and tape-loops. Each track began as a loop crafted from one of these three elements, then joined with the other two. Russell also incorporated noise elements to allow the sounds natural space. He recorded about half of the songs to tape then re-recorded them into Logic, carefully setting microphones around an old tape deck to capture the crackles and warmth of analog cassettes in combination with electro-acoustic drones. Experimentation with household objects also features; ‘Measured’ includes a clever loop of a metal tape measure cast around Russell’s bedroom. Field recordings further expand the aural atmosphere, with snippets suggesting the sound of distant winds, muddled conversation, and far-off chimes.
‘Examples Of’ is a remarkably cohesive body of work grounded in Russell’s experimental approach to sound. Whilst there is no overall concept, Russell cites nostalgia as a point of reference for the album, striving to convey an optimism tempered by the unsettling quality of drone noise.
The beautifully textured drones found within ‘Examples Of’ will appeal to fans of Stars Of The Lid, William Basinski, and Kyle Bobby Dunn.”
Catalog number: WLR008
Written and produced by Russell Glynn
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Russell Glynn