Home Diaries 008: Sebastian Paul

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.

Our next album is by Sebastian Paul who has also released with labels such as Lagerstätte and Shimmering Moods. This Cleveland, USA based artist joins us with a truly restful album, deliberately mastered at a slightly quieter volume for maximum calmness. Far-flung field recordings and slow drones make for an exotic  listening environment, one which is best enjoyed in headphones.

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-008

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.

For our eighth contribution to this series, we welcome Cleveland, US based artist Sebastian Paul who has released on labels such as Lagerstätte and Shimmering Moods. The artist is someone who is normally used to staying at home but nevertheless he has been moved by the impact of the pandemic, like many around the world. His contribution to the Home Diaries series is a full album experience, of wide and restful exotic Ambient music.

Each of the ten pieces unfolds slowly and carefully, placing field recordings of the outdoors at its core as calming drones emit into the environment that is created. There is a clear fascination of Japan in Sebastian Paul’s work, with previous work nodding in the direction of the far Eastern country. In this Home Diaries edition, he opens with the track ‘Tokyo’, as one of the most populous cities in the world has its bustling acoustics dampened. Watery, dream-like mirages are woven throughout the album until the final piece ‘Paradise’ closes this sleepy chapter. The album has been deliberately mastered at a slightly quieter level, to reflect the level of calm that the artist intends for the listener and we find this is best enjoyed with headphones late at night.”

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

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