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:
“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.”
Written and produced by James Osland
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell