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.
For our next release, we welcome back Andrew Sherwell. Some of you may recall his album Orthodox Tales from 2018, which has long-since sold out. He returns with a mini-album of deep and vacant drones, with ghostly tones riding a bed of field recordings.
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 studio and artist profile images as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:
“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 direct from the artist themselves or on Spotify if you prefer.
For our next release, we are pleased that Andrew Sherwell returns to our label with a mini album, after having released Orthodox Tales with us back in 2018. This collection of recordings was composed in an empty Evesham (UK), against a backdrop of struggles. It captures the routine he has established, between balancing his business in this difficult time, his brief time outdoors during quiet walks to and from work and the evenings, which he fills with music to contrast the silence of the day.
This album makes use of small fragments of unused sound from his previous work, as these snapshots of a previous life are woven into the fabric of the present. He wanted to capture the solitude and repetition of the days he spends and made use of domestic field recordings along the way. He wanted to shine a light into the mundane and reveal the hidden beauty of solitude. Whilst the music is deep and textured, it can be all too easy to sink into its vacant, ghost-town environments as the concept of routine wrestles quietly within a situation that is eerily new.”
Written and produced by Andrew Sherwell
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell