Home Diaries 019: Mehrdad Kanani

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 19th Home Diaries edition is by Mehrdad Kanani an artist and photographer from Tehran, Iran. This is Mehrad’s debut and is a collection of three pieces coined from his time in quarantine, in which he lived alone. This mini album channels frustrations of cancelled travel plans and the loneliness of living along, unable to go outside to meet friends. During the process and with time to think and create, he struck upon a wave of positivity which he has channelled into the noise and fuzz of these Ambient soundscapes.

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-019

-ARTIST LINK-
https://mehrdadkanani.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries

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.

Mehrdad Kanani is a photographer and sound designer based in Tehran, Iran. He got in touch after learning of our Home Diaries project, as he had been writing some material based on the sounds inside his head. These were on his mind as he wrestled with the idea of quarantine and self isolation. Living alone, he initially felt suppressed, especially after travel plans had been cancelled but throughout the process and through his work on the sound content of his Home Diaries, Mehrdad adopted a positive approach. Amidst the murk and fuzziness of the opening track ‘A Dreamless Sleep’, a half-tuned radio broadcast beams out waves of positivity, which ultimately shifts aside for another quiet pause. This gentle smearing of noise, hum and fractals somehow lends itself perfectly to the dreamy melodies that blur in and out. The jittering thoughts of a solitary soul that flit about, like positive and negative electricity charges, have been sonically transcribed for you, the listener.

credits
Written and produced by Mehrdad Kanani
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 018: Time Rival

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 18th Home Diaries edition is by Richrmond, Illinois based artist Time Rival. Michael Southard the man behind the project, also runs the Triplicate Records label. Michael and his wife are used to working from home but the pandemic has made this more difficult with taking care of two children. He has managed to balance his time carefully and ‘Indoors‘ is a blend of Modern Classical and Ambient compositions which has a careful blend of intimate piano moments and wide open, cavernous spaces.

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-018

-ARTIST LINK-
https://open.spotify.com/album/0SMyd0lnItfy4G32c3AMPj

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 next Home Diaries, we’re joined by Michael Southard who records as Time Rival and also runs the Triplicate Records label. Based in Richmond, Illinois in the United States, Michael and his wife have already been quite used to home working for their respective jobs. One of the challenges has been fitting this full-time since the pandemic, around the needs of their two young children.

Michael has still managed to work in some free-time into his new-found routine by getting up early and this space has been mostly reserved for music. Household environments and every day objects, toys and sounds were used to develop modern classical compositions and contemporary soundscapes. Some pieces feel intimate, particularly when piano notes and strings combine, whereas others feel cavernous and dreamy. ‘Indoors’ was created during a time when a new routine was being established by this family and if you allow yourself the time to absorb this mini album in full, you’ll be struck by a sheer level of detail, order and balance.”

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Michael Southard
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 017: the volume settings folder

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 Home Diaries is by Padua, Italy’s volume settings folder. M. Beckmann has amassed a large discography in recent years, usually self-released but also through the Oscarson, Static Reasons and Organic Industries labels. His Home Diaries record is a blend of melancholy pseudo-blues guitar with Ambient soundscapes and layers of finely woven rustic detail.

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-017

-ARTIST LINK-
https://thevolumesettingsfolder.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-017

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.

Our next Home Diaries release sees the volume settings folder join our catalog. M. Beckmann is from Padua in Italy and has amassed a large discography over the last few years, much of which he has self-released, but there have also been editions out on Oscarson, Static Reasons and Organic Industries.

His Home Diaries edition begins with melancholy layers of pseudo-blues guitar which slowly disintegrates into a bed of restful Ambience. The carefully layered beauty of each and every moment of this sound is underpinned by a new-found abundance of time, in which the artist was able to truly develop his ideas. There is a summertime haziness which gives the listener a sense of wide-open sun-bleached fields and a comfort to be found in sheer existence, not to be mistaken for sadness.”

credits
Written and produced by M. Beckmann
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 016: No Death

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:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-016

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.

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.”

credits
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