Home Diaries 028: Ben McElroy

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 this next Home Diaries release, we welcome back Ben McElroy, who provided 2016’s ‘Bird-stone‘. Nottingham, UK based Ben has gone on to have releases with Eilean RecUnknown Tone and our sister netlabel Audio Gourmet. His Home Diaries edition is a mini album of is signature Ambient Folk sound, woven together during the English lockdown, in which his girlfriend Lizzie and her pet dog moved in.

Each Home Diaries 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-028

-ARTIST LINK-
https://benmcelroy.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-28-whitelabrecs

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.

We’re pleased to welcome back Ben McElroy, who contributed the album ‘Bird-stone’ to our catalog back in our inaugural year, 2016. Since then, Nottingham, UK’s Ben has gone onto have releases with Unknown Tone, Eilean Recs and our sister netlabel Audio Gourmet. Ben normally teaches and performs music as part of a theatre Ceilidh band and this has all been cancelled for the summer due to the pandemic.

Ben’s Home Diaries record is a mini-album of wistful pieces, in his typical hybrid Folk Ambient style. Warm traditional instrument performances are lightly affected with passages of Ambient drone, for this fleeting 20 minute session. It is a warm and hazy collection which reflects strongest in the bright sunshine, offering a truly idyllic listening environment for its listener.”

credits
Written and produced by Ben McElroy
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

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