Out Now! Samsuo – The Other Gold Side

We’ve another release lined up, and we head back across the pond to the UK as we welcome a label debut for Cambridge based artist Samsuo. This one sees us present some of the purest, most restful drones you’re likely to find on our label in the form of The Other Gold Side which features photography by our regular collaborator Peter Nejedly. This will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies. We’ll release this on or around the 25th of May 2019. Those who follow artists such as Field RotationStars of the Lid or Chihei Hatakeyama should enjoy this!

The Other Gold Side is available now after having been released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy. These have been going well but we still have a few left and you can buy one of these or grab a digital copy by clicking the link or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

http://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/the-other-gold-side

press release
“Samsuo is an artist based in Cambridge, UK with a previous release on the Recycled Plastics label and also records as S L Visitor and Demi Odessa. His work as Samsuo began in 2017 and The Other Gold Side is the debut album release on a label outside of his Bandcamp page.
With a background in DJing including work for Ministry of Sound, Samsuo’s Ambient work here draws in looping techniques to create revolving drones, perhaps in a style that meets the minds of Jan Jelinek and Stars of the Lid along with the tranquillity of Chihei Hatakeyama.

The Other Gold Side is as murky as it is fragile, both resting and haunting at the same time. A substantial amount of the music was built around guitar and synth improvisations, looped and with additional overdubs. Sessions could take from between 5 and 20 minutes and it was discovered that within the mistakes, some of the more interesting sounds could be achieved with time stretching and additional processing techniques.

The album was produced after a hectic summer, during a particularly quiet Autumn, when all of the business seemed to feel as it were fading out. Samsuo was drawn to drone and looped sounds to fill in the spaces of silence and he’d spend a lot of time watching the trees and changes in nature during this colourful season. The album he was producing would start out large and drawn out before branching off like a tree, with the tiniest sonic details forming into countless minutiae. The Other Gold Side is a record which explores repetition and the potential complexity of replication is depicted in the quarters of ceramic dish in which photographer Peter Nejedly has supplied for the cover artwork. For the CD packaging, this cover image is flipped as if the dish is turning back into itself, just like the folds of warm, lush drones which represent the turning of seasons, the endless passing of time and things being broken down and reforming anew.”

credits
Written and produced by Samsuo
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Peter Nejedly
Packaging design by Harry Towell

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Coming soon…Samsuo – The Other Gold Side

We’ve another release lined up, and we head back across the pond to the UK as we welcome a label debut for Cambridge based artist Samsuo. This one sees us present some of the purest, most restful drones you’re likely to find on our label in the form of The Other Gold Side which features photography by our regular collaborator Peter Nejedly. This will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies. We’ll release this on or around the 25th of May 2019. Those who follow artists such as Field RotationStars of the Lid or Chihei Hatakeyama should enjoy this!

Whitelabrecs low-run releases will be made available suddenly without official release dates, meaning they’re likely to sell out fast. The best way to keep informed is to join our mailing list which can be located through our website menu or you can click HERE

press release
“Samsuo is an artist based in Cambridge, UK with a previous release on the Recycled Plastics label and also records as S L Visitor and Demi Odessa. His work as Samsuo began in 2017 and The Other Gold Side is the debut album release on a label outside of his Bandcamp page.
With a background in DJing including work for Ministry of Sound, Samsuo’s Ambient work here draws in looping techniques to create revolving drones, perhaps in a style that meets the minds of Jan Jelinek and Stars of the Lid along with the tranquillity of Chihei Hatakeyama.

The Other Gold Side is as murky as it is fragile, both resting and haunting at the same time. A substantial amount of the music was built around guitar and synth improvisations, looped and with additional overdubs. Sessions could take from between 5 and 20 minutes and it was discovered that within the mistakes, some of the more interesting sounds could be achieved with time stretching and additional processing techniques.

The album was produced after a hectic summer, during a particularly quiet Autumn, when all of the business seemed to feel as it were fading out. Samsuo was drawn to drone and looped sounds to fill in the spaces of silence and he’d spend a lot of time watching the trees and changes in nature during this colourful season. The album he was producing would start out large and drawn out before branching off like a tree, with the tiniest sonic details forming into countless minutiae. The Other Gold Side is a record which explores repetition and the potential complexity of replication is depicted in the quarters of ceramic dish in which photographer Peter Nejedly has supplied for the cover artwork. For the CD packaging, this cover image is flipped as if the dish is turning back into itself, just like the folds of warm, lush drones which represent the turning of seasons, the endless passing of time and things being broken down and reforming anew.”

credits
Written and produced by Samsuo
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Peter Nejedly
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Out Now! Hipnotic Earth

Next up on Whitelabrecs, we welcome California, United States based artist Hipnotic Earth with a beautiful Electro-Acoustic ambient album which includes a wealth of delicate textures including instrument soundssynth dronesprepared-piano style creaks and birdsong as well as a careful use of silence. The album is fittingly titled ‘Suspended In Silence‘ and is mastered by Ambient legend Robert Rich. This will be available in our new look gatefold-LP style CD packaging for 2019, featuring coastal photography provided by Cosmos Rennert, the man who records as Hipnotic Earth. We’ll release this on or around the 11th of May 2019. Those who follow artists such as Nils FrahmPolaroid Notes or Valotihkuu should enjoy this!

Suspended In Silence is available now after having been released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy. These have been going well but we still have a few left and you can buy one of these or grab a digital copy by clicking the link or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/suspended-in-silence

press release
“Hipnotic Earth is an electro-acoustic ambient soundscape project birthed from a deep need for quiet, slow motion music; from a carnal urge toward silence. California, USA based artist Cosmos Rennert’s project began dramatically when in 2015 the scheduled release of his debut album ‘Essence’ was missed when his home in the hot springs of Harbin, Northern California burned down in a sudden wildfire which swept the community. His home, studio, possessions, work place and the tiny town in which he lived succumbed to the flames. He is now deeply grateful to be able to continue recording and we’re pleased to present, a record which sees a departure from Cosmos’ usual style of sleepy drones.

‘Suspended In Silence’ is the second in a series of three completed albums presenting a new, more melodic direction. Continuing with spacious, evocative and immersive drone-based tonalities, the vast majority of these pieces are one-off improvisations that were recorded during the mornings of mid-2018 in the wine country of California. Here there is a love for not remembering how a song is made. The modus operandi is quite spontaneous, be it the recording process or sound design and mixing of additional colours afterwards. Simply in
the moment with no agenda, this music strives for eternal endings and slow rotations around an axis of serenity. During the recording of these tracks birds and other creatures would sometimes meander into the apple orchard where the studio is located. They seemed to
be drawn to the music as if they wanted to be on the album and occasionally, their wish was granted!

Previously steeped in a tradition of dance music, tribal drumming and Jazz, Cosmos has a long love affair with live looping as a tool for both rhythmic and textural inspiration. What was once a style using mad-scientist dub controllers that strove to be improvisational with emphasis on listening and responding to the other musicians in the mix, has now
evolved into deeply meditative washes of relaxed balmy soundscapes for tired ears. For this newer calming sound of Hipnotic Earth, loopers are used only occasionally as a source of experimentation. The technique of modulating the feedback amount so as to sculpt the looped material as it fades and evolves over time yields surprising
results. A love for the silent spaces in music has always been important to this artist; the breathing and resting and stretching of phrases is a lesson learned from Miles Davis’ music as well as from so many great ambient artists.”

credits
Written and produced by Cosmos Rennert
Mastered by Robert Rich
Photography by Cosmos Rennert
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Coming soon…Hipnotic Earth – Suspended In Silence

Next up on Whitelabrecs, we welcome California, United States based artist Hipnotic Earth with a beautiful Electro-Acoustic ambient album which includes a wealth of delicate textures including instrument sounds, synth drones, prepared-piano style creaks and birdsong as well as a careful use of silence. The album is fittingly titled ‘Suspended In Silence‘ and is mastered by Ambient legend Robert Rich. This will be available in our new look gatefold-LP style CD packaging for 2019, in a run of 100 copies, featuring coastal photography provided by Cosmos Rennert, the man who records as Hipnotic Earth. We’ll release this on or around the 11th of May 2019. Those who follow artists such as Nils FrahmPolaroid Notes or Valotihkuu should enjoy this!

Whitelabrecs low-run releases will be made available suddenly without official release dates, meaning they’re likely to sell out fast. The best way to keep informed is to join our mailing list which can be located through our website menu or you can click HERE

press release
“Hipnotic Earth is an electro-acoustic ambient soundscape project birthed from a deep need for quiet, slow motion music; from a carnal urge toward silence. California, USA based artist Cosmos Rennert’s project began dramatically when in 2015 the scheduled release of his debut album ‘Essence’ was missed when his home in the hot springs of Harbin, Northern California burned down in a sudden wildfire which swept the community. His home, studio, possessions, work place and the tiny town in which he lived succumbed to the flames. He is now deeply grateful to be able to continue recording and we’re pleased to present, a record which sees a departure from Cosmos’ usual style of sleepy drones.

‘Suspended In Silence’ is the second in a series of three completed albums presenting a new, more melodic direction. Continuing with spacious, evocative and immersive drone-based tonalities, the vast majority of these pieces are one-off improvisations that were recorded during the mornings of mid-2018 in the wine country of California. Here there is a love for not remembering how a song is made. The modus operandi is quite spontaneous, be it the recording process or sound design and mixing of additional colours afterwards. Simply in
the moment with no agenda, this music strives for eternal endings and slow rotations around an axis of serenity. During the recording of these tracks birds and other creatures would sometimes meander into the apple orchard where the studio is located. They seemed to
be drawn to the music as if they wanted to be on the album and occasionally, their wish was granted!

Previously steeped in a tradition of dance music, tribal drumming and Jazz, Cosmos has a long love affair with live looping as a tool for both rhythmic and textural inspiration. What was once a style using mad-scientist dub controllers that strove to be improvisational with emphasis on listening and responding to the other musicians in the mix, has now
evolved into deeply meditative washes of relaxed balmy soundscapes for tired ears. For this newer calming sound of Hipnotic Earth, loopers are used only occasionally as a source of experimentation. The technique of modulating the feedback amount so as to sculpt the looped material as it fades and evolves over time yields surprising
results. A love for the silent spaces in music has always been important to this artist; the breathing and resting and stretching of phrases is a lesson learned from Miles Davis’ music as well as from so many great ambient artists”

credits
Written and produced by Cosmos Rennert
Mastered by Robert Rich
Photography by Cosmos Rennert
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Out Now! Ben Rath – Any Given Moment

Something warmer just in time for Spring, we welcome back Ben Rath under his own name, after we released This Body Is Not Me under his Slow Heart Music alias. This will be available in a run of 100 copies as a gatefold LP style packaging design, featuring faded polaroid artwork by David Gonzalez Fuster. Any Given Moment is a warm and nostalgic blend of guitar performance and electro acoustic drones and like the artwork/physical packaging, this shades differently when played (held) against sunlight to when it is experienced on a dull or hazy day. We’ll release this on or around the 27th of April 2019. Those who follow artists such as Ben McElroy, Duane Pitre or Seaworthy might enjoy this one!

Any Given Moment is available now after having been released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy. These have been going well but we still have a few left and you can buy one of these or grab a digital copy by clicking the link or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/any-given-moment

press release
“Our next release sees the return of Ben Rath, who released ‘This Body Is Not Me’ under his other alias Slow Heart Music back in 2017. The record was well received by many circles and featured in A Closer Listen’s top ten Ambient releases that year. Between this and a project under his own name, Manchester, UK based Rath has released on labels such as Eilean, Unknown Tone and Cathedral Transmissions.

Slow Heart Music focuses on Ben’s acoustic guitar playing whilst work under his own name is typically more Experimental and drone based. In ‘Any Given Moment’ we have an album that shows glimpses of plaintive guitar combined with Ambient drones to represent fleeting moments, memories and nostalgia. The combination is both restful and tinged with warmth, perfect for the Spring and the Summer months ahead.

The music on this album focuses on experimenting with the guitar as a sound source, both for processed and treated instrumental compositions and free improvisations. Ben wanted to take some of the more Folk inspired guitar instrumentals he has created as Slow Heart Music and incorporate them into more ambient soundscapes. He also had in mind a lighter, more uplifting sound after the darker, more meloncholy themes of Black Heart Music which was released on Eilean Recs. We’re informed that Ben is brining this phase of musical creation which began in 2014 to an end, so this record acts as his penultimate full album release, with the final part due to be released this year if all goes to plan.

Any Given Moment is presented in a limited edition run of 100 copies, including artwork provided by David Gonzalez Fuster, which is a set of vintage and Polaroid photos. The faded images that represent untold memories are placed against a bright orange credits panel, which brings a warmth and splash of colour as these stories are brought to life.”

credits
Written and produced by Ben Rath
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by David Gonzalez Fuster
Packaging design by Harry Towell