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 Wisconsin, USA based artist Jack Duros, who records as No Death. Jack runs the Alien Garage label with Japan’s Rhucle but also, he has releases cassettes with labels such as No Problema Tapes, Sounds Against Humanity and Dream Catalog. Despite living alone, Jack’s Home Diaries is warm and positive as he focuses on memories to help get him through. The package also includes a video for the track ‘Weeks’ which was shot in the 70s by Jack’s Dad John.
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.
Our next Home Diaries edition sees No Death join the series, from Wisconsin, USA. Jack Duros, the man behind the project, has released several cassettes through labels such as No Problema Tapes, Sounds Against Humanity and Dream Catalogue. He also runs Alien Garage, which is a label he curates alongside Japanese artist Rhucle.
Jack lives alone, except for his pet Green Cheek Conure, Petey and following the pandemic outbreak, he has had to postpone a move to Tokyo, Japan which was due to take place in March. Living alone has given Jack lots of opportunity to recall and think about memories. This became the focus for his Home Diaries record, as he thought about how his mind recalls memory. He intentionally used ideas of nostalgia by adding them into these pieces. One example includes in the opening track Jack had asked his brother to record his 11 month old daughter Jane (Jack’s niece) whilst she was playing. Another is the video for Weeks which was originally shot by his uncle Keith in the 1970s for a school project when he was teaching his brother Scott how to fly the aircraft in the video. This short album is a wondrously stirring album does not contain a shred of darkness, as these sounds are inspired by the best moments of the artist’s past. They’re a beacon of warmth and positivity in these strange times that are upon us.”
Written and produced by Jack Duros
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell
Video filmed by John Duros at Schaumburg Airport in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA