Introducing: Paper Relics

We tend to keep news of emerging releases on Whitelabrecs a secret until 1-2 weeks before it goes live. However, we’ve got some news that’s burning a hole in our pocket… the return of Paper Relics, a project featuring brothers Harry and Stuart Towell. They released their debut album ‘Over Exposure‘ on American label Time Released Sound some 7 years ago and it’s apt that they return to their homeland in their follow-up, on Harry’s own Whitelabrecs.

If you’re unfamiliar with Paper Relics, then here’s a track from Over Exposure:

Although it must be said, their new work has evolved somewhat as their recording methods and techniques have developed over the years. There are many exciting details, including two versions, a special guest and an increased run of copies but for now, we just wanted to get the announcement out there! And what better time to do so than on Stuart’s birthday?

For now, if you’ve a spare moment you can check out Over Exposure at the following link which includes remixes from Pleq, Listening Mirror and Byron Felthttps://audiogourmet.bandcamp.com/album/over-exposure

Artist profile image by Ruth Towell: www.ruthtowell.co.uk

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Best of 2017: José Soberanes

We’ve another ‘best of 2017’ feature as we reflect over last year via the musical recommendations of our artists. We welcome back José Soberanes, who produced our fourth record ‘The Rising Tide’. Here is José’s top five


kj
spells
[Lost Tribe Sound]

“This album, with each one of these poised ambient settings reflects an assured creative sensibility, comfortably working within the conventions of the genre while confidently imprinting a personal stamp upon it, taking you to an unpredictable state of consciousness.”


sote
sacred horror in design
[Opal Tapes]

“This album is a idealized fusion of the musical heritage and tradition of Iran with the forward-thinking vision which has propelled his storied career producing techno, hardcore and computer music. A powerfully album indeed.”



shuta yasukochi

short stories
[Archives]

“Definitely one of my favorites of this year, full of nice shimmering tales and outstanding simplicity, calm, carefully blending of swelling guitars, spreading a sense of chill but warmth at the same time.”


9T Antiope
isthmus
[Eilean]

“This album, although it’s not an album for everyone, 9T Antiope creates a listening experience that is sombre and evocative, full of brilliantly laid off soundscapes.”

 


rafael anton irisarri
the shameless years
[Umor Rex]

“Ambient music falls under a distinct spectrum of effect. Some artists evoke alternate mental spaces, others provide a space for listeners to reconcile themselves to the present world, and many accomplish a bit of both. But, this album to me works as a powerful taste, strong, melancholic and a top notch ambient work indeed.”


What have you been up to José?
“In 2017 I released an album with ACR, a London based label called: “Our Gravity Ends” and it’s now sold out. I also made a collaborative album with Darren McClure at the lovely Shimmering Moods label, not available yet. I’m currently working on my next solo album for 2018 and reaching for a new home label to release it, so wish me luck!


You can find out more/buy José music here:
https://josesoberanes.bandcamp.com/music

Best of 2017: Nicola Fornasari

Our ‘best of 2017’ feature returns after a short festive break, as we draw breath ahead of what will likely be another busy year for Whitelabrecs. This time we caught up with Nicola Fornasari, one half of La Petite Vague and also of Xu, who contributes some excellent Modern Ambient selections:


bill seaman
epiphanies
[Fluid Audio]

“A dark and deep, emotionally intense album.
I really love the style of Bill Seaman and in particular it seems to me that in this record he has surpassed himself, thanks also to the help of his collaborators.
The perfect sound accompaniment for uncomfortable black and white movie scenes where people move slowly and interact with each other in a mysterious and unfathomable way.”


monolyth & cobalt
the dunen diaries
[Eilean]

“Bright as the sunlight refracted on the snow, I liked a lot this album (especially the CD with solo tracks).
How can you not be sad knowing that this will be the last record under this moniker?”



james murray

killing ghosts
[Home Normal]

“Abstract soundscapes at its best… a door between visible and invisible world.
Great sound design for a record that suggest and not trivially describe; just hit play and dive into your inner world, accept your feelings and feel better.”


seabuckthorn
turns
[Lost Tribe Sound]

“Mesmerising collection of rich and resonant tracks. A very personal work, with a unique guitar style (at least to my ears).
Stunning cover artwork by Gregory Euclide.”

 


Isnaj Dui
Poiesis
[Rural Colours]

“Anxious and tense, “Poiesis” is like a shamanic rite that allows to free yourself from mental obstacles and constructions. Nothing is taken for granted on this record!”

 


What have you been up to Nicola?
“I recently completed my new solo album, which will be released in spring 2018 (it will be my second release on Eilean!).
Also… I have many other projects for 2018 but for the moment I do not want to reveal too much!


You can find out more/buy Nicola’s music here:
substance.it
https://soundcloud.com/nicola-fornasari
https://xu-substance.bandcamp.com/
https://lapetitevague.bandcamp.com/


Best of 2017: Covarino

Our ‘best of 2017’ feature continues as we chat to Francesco Covarino, one half of Covarino/Incorvaia who released ‘Granada’ with us in the summer. There are still a few copies of this album so scroll to the bottom to find a link. Before you do, take a look over his favourite records from 2017 – there are some belters!


naps
bask
[Lily Tapes and Discs]

“My favourite album of the year, it is soothing, warm and very delicate. Listening to it makes me feel like I’m floating on the sea, being lulled by the waves with the sun on my face.”



ot to, not to
These Movements I & II
[ACR]

“This album was a big surprise, I listened to it the first time without too many expectations (I had read there was a guy singing and this somehow put me off), and then I just couldn’t stop listening to it again and again. “



M. Sage

Jupiter Primative (Fragments from 2016)
[Self Released]

Every album of M. Sage is unpredictable, you press play and don’t know what’s coming: an album of acoustic guitars? Field recordings? Electronica? I like the feeling of everything this guy makes, especially his electronica albums. I am not a fan of electronic music at all, but M. Sage plays a different kind of electronic music. When I listen to his music I don’t picture a guy in front of a computer, instead I perceive a lot of physicality, a sort of handmade, physical touch and then I love his weird, unpredictable touch. This album is a recollection of various tracks recorded throughout 2016 and it features all the sounds of M. Sage’s palette.


Dane Rousay
blip
[Rat Tail Tapes]

“A guy alone with his drumkit, no electronic devices, no overdubs, just his hands, his sticks and his drumkit. What you see if what you get, no tricks. He is very creative and colourful in his playing and playful and melodic, too. I found out about this album after I recorded my own solo drums album, and listening to it made me feel less lonely: somewhere in the world there was another guy recording weird drums-solo improvisations, someone else going alone with his drumkit against the world.”


Josh Mason
Barque Of Phosphor
[Self Released]

“I like everything Josh Mason releases, the reel to reel feeling of his music. This is a short album, a 4-track summer tour tape, with modular synth, guitar, tape. It is Josh Mason, so it goes on my list. Also, by following Josh on bandcamp I found out about Naps for the first time, so I’m grateful to him twice.”


What have you been up to Francesco?
“A few weeks ago Thirsty Leaves Music released my first solo album, “Olive”. It contains short improvisations on drums and percussion, and it was released on CD with beautiful packaging. I recorded those improvs on a single day when my wife was pregnant with our first daughter, so it is a very special album to me and I’m very proud of how it came out. In January, we’re recording some new music with my duo Covarino/Incorvaia, we will record some drums/guitar improvs for a couple of days here in Granada. I would also like to do some sort of long-distance collaboration with musicians I admire and with whom I’ve been in contact in the last few months, we’ll see how all that works out”


You can find out more/buy Francesco’s music here:
covarino.bandcamp.com
covarinoincorvaia.wordpress.com
https://thirstyleavesmusic.bandcamp.com/album/olive


Best of 2017: Andrew Lang

The next artist to contribute to our ‘best of 2017’ rundown is Andrew Lang who debuted with us with his piano compositions entitled ‘Burnt Shades’. We had a catch up with Andrew who also chose his five favourite records from this year, covering Ambient and Indie territory.


Gang Of Youths
Go Farther In Lightness
[Mosy Recordings]

“Sophomore record from an Australian indie rock band. I genuinely believe this is one of the best Australian albums ever released (easily the best in the last few years) – it’s a celebration of life and the darkness within it; in being hurt and becoming stronger from the experience. This one’s been on pretty much constant rotation since I discovered them a few months back.”


Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger In The Alps
[Shhpuma]

“Dark and melancholy indie folk in the vein of Carissa’s Wierd, amid moments of Twin Peaks-y ambience, Totally haunting stuff – strongly recommend listening to this one on a solitary late night walk.”



Slowdive

Slowdive
[Dead Oceans]

“None of Slowdive’s previous releases have ever grabbed me particularly, but this one is truly stunning. I don’t really know how to describe this record beyond just telling everyone to go listen to it – from the opening seconds of the opening track, you’ll understand.”


How To Disappear Completely
Mer de Revs I + II
[Self Released]

“(Technically two albums but…) Several hours of blissful ambient music that feels like entering a second womb. It’s music intended for sleep but I can’t bear to do it that injustice – I can only listen to this with my full attention, which in itself is pretty rare for ambient music. These records have genuinely been a huge inspiration on my own creative approach in recent months.”


The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Always Foreign
[Epitaph Records]

“I didn’t love this album at first compared to this band’s previous releases, but repeated listens uncover a really beautiful record documenting the band’s history over the past couple of years, cast against the US election and its effect on the members’ personal lives. It’s a bold new direction for the band, both stylistically and thematically, but one that’s worth many spins.”


What have you been up to Andrew?
“It’s been an eventful year personally so I haven’t released a huge amount, but things are settling down and slowly beginning to take shape. I’m starting to explore more in the way of effects processing and ambient experimentation, which has really shaken up my own process and the way that I’m approaching things. Something releasable is starting to form…


You can find out more/buy Andrew Lang’s music here:
http://music.andrewlang.net/
http://facebook.com/andrewlangmusician


Best of 2017: Ondrej Zajac

Our next ‘best of 2017’ feature sees us welcome back Ondrej Zajac who has been pretty busy since his debut ‘Monolith’ on Whitelabrecs. We caught up with Ondrej who put together a beautiful best of list as well as providing insight into his selections and spending some time updating us on his recent activity and plans.


Andrea Belfi
Alveare
[IIKKI]

“I consider this Italian wonder to be one of the most important musicians active today. He has released two albums this year and it seems to me that in the delirium caused by his latest record Ore, everyone tends to forget his earlier record Alveare, which comes with a book as part of IIKKI project. It much more resembles his 2014 record Natura Morta, since it was recorded during the period of 9 years. I like to think of it as a kind of “best of” compilation. You can see so much of his musical development in this lovely piece of work…”


Raphael Vanoli
Bibrax
[Shhpuma]

“I noticed Raphael thanks to the Knalpot band and in his solo work, I found something I haven’t heard anywhere else. I followed him for few years now and in Bibrax, you can hear an album full of unusual beauty. Nothing sounds like guitar on this guitar album. His playing technique is unheard of and there is probably not a single other guitarist today who is willing to be so different in pursuit of his beliefs.”



Diatribes

Sistere
[Mappa]

“Diatribes are Cyril Bondi and d’incise. This record was released by an amazing label from my country: mappa. It requires patience but it can pull you into the ocean of rhythms, repetition, dissonance and silence, where you will definitely lose sense of time. They just played in Prague and I was unable to attend the gig, so I am constantly crying since then!”


Tante Elze
Hmota
[slnko records]

“This duo from Slovakia came under my radar while it was still just a one person project. You may consider them to be too mainstream but the truth is that they are successfully doing everything they can to be as honest as possible, which is something I admire above all. Hmota means matter. And this album is some serious objectification of pure and innocent ideas.”


The Necks
Unfold
[Ideologic Organ]

“David Kollar, Mt Accord, Theydon Boys, Gosheven, Julian Sartorius, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Knivtid, José Soberanes, Jenny Berger Myhre, Tittingur… so many records I would like to place here. But this spot goes to The Necks, since Unfold is proof that you can always explore something new and still sound fantastic. I also went to their gig this year and it was a transcendental experience.”


What have you been up to Ondrej?
“After being yes man for two years and after a second year of compilations, solo releases, curation of my micro-label métóre, compositions for gallery exhibition, collaboration with filmmakers and constant gigging, I’ve been learning to actually say “no” lately. While it is true that I am currently booking gigs for 2018, I would like to hide in some deep cave and get some rest. That being said, I am working with Nicola Fornasari on some new music and I don’t plan to work on anything else before this is finished. I am extremely grateful for this because I kind of adore Nicola and his Whitelabrec’s album with Diego Balconi blew my mind. I also have some other future collaborations planned so I will just work in my new slower pace and do my best to deliver some honest music.


You can find out more/buy Ondrej Zajac’s music here:
https://www.facebook.com/thisisondrej
https://ondrejzajac.bandcamp.com


Best of 2017: Teamforest

We’ve a special new feature to close the year out: we decided to ask some of our artists for their 5 favourite records of 2017 as well as have a general catch up.

First up, we caught up with Philipp Buckle, one half of The Restless Fields who kicked everything off on the label in our inaugural release. Philipp records as Teamforest and provides a selection of lo-fi electronica, drone and African music:


Amadou Binta Konté & Tidiane Thiam
Waande Kadde
[Sahel Sounds]

“Is this African blues? Whatever it is, it’s highly addictive and didn’t leave my record player for quite some time.”

 

 


The Remote Viewer
Us. In Happier Times
[Other Ideas]

“This isn’t exactly new but released now for the first time which is good enough for me. The liner notes say it’s a “musical panic room” and this is true. Known sounds but very consoling in cold times.”

 



Brannten Schnüre

Muschelsammlung
[Vrystaete]

“Christian Schoppik never lets you down. Weird German music.”

 

 

 


BJ Nilsen
Massif Trophies
[Editions Mego]

“Atmospheres and stuff. I really like it because it somehow bends reality.”

 

 

 


Jaap Vink
Jaap Vink
[Recollection GRM]

“Also released on Archival Recordings but so stunning that it could have very well been brand new.”

 

 

 


What have you been up to Philipp?
“Last year I have released two cassette albums “Abendlieder” on Awkward Formats, which are evening drones coming in a nice wooden box. Then there is “They Never Got The Message”, a split tape with Michael Potter on Null/Zone. John Kiran Fernandes from Olivia Tremor Control played clarinet and Antony Ryan from ISAN mastered my side. Caro Mikalef provided us with a one of a kind riso printed cover. This is probably one of my favourite releases ever so I constantly rant and brag.
The new year will bring us a new CD album on a Swedish label and finally the release of my “Paintings” album as a vinyl LP in March. I’ll make updates of more details when they are available. Also my short film “The Craftsman” seems to draw some festival attention. This is something I am especially excited about.”


You can find out more/buy Teamforest music here:
www.facebook.com/teamforest
www.teamforest.bandcamp.com