Coming soon…Andrew Sherwell – Orthodox Tales

We’re keen to kick the year off as we’ve another exciting schedule planned for Whitelabrecs, in what will be our third year of operation. Last year was a great one, thanks to the support of our fans and listeners, friends and artists, then the blog and press support too.
To begin 2018 then, we welcome Andrew Sherwell who has chosen us as a home for his debut album ‘Orthodox Tales‘. This London based artist draws influence from the likes of Svarte Greiner, Xela and The Caretaker and his record has been mastered by German sound engineer Stephan Mathieu.
The record is full of snap, crackle and pop thanks to carefully arranged tape loops, Korg Volca keys, samples, effects, and field recordings and is a sleepy soundtrack to East European travelogue tales told by Andrew’s Grandfather in his childhood. We’re also pleased to welcome back Federica Jeanne de Luca who kindly provided the beautiful artwork.
Orthodox Tales should appeal to those who enjoy work by BvDubErinome or José Soberanes – you can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“Orthodox Tales is the debut album from West London, UK based artist Andrew Sherwell. He was part of a stream of bands in and beyond his teenage years centred initially on jangly post-punk Funk. The band’s name would change routinely each time a band member left which was regularly and eventually, it was just Andrew left as the band grew more and more experimental in their approach. He did manage to rack up some releases around this period, some 30 years ago – however these are lost to the mists of time due to the Rough Trade period when things would come and go within a weekend.

Andrew is still an avid collector of physical records and thanks to inspiration drawn from Svarte Greiner, The Caretaker and Xela as well as Eastern European choral music, Film and soundtracks, Andrew has increasingly been inspired to create his own experimental music.
After a good deal of time spent working on the backbone of an album, Andrew had a demo in place and before submitting it to a label, he had it professionally mastered by Stephan Mathieu. He then dropped it over to us and the rest is history…

Orthodox Tales sees us welcome back Federica Jeanne De Luca, the artist that supplied the cover artwork for Philippe Lamy’s Inner Stretch. Her artwork provides a beautiful backdrop for this six track journey through tape loops, Korg Volca keys, samples, effects, and field recordings which re-enact the tales told by Andrew’s grandfather.

For the whole of the inter-war period, his grandfather travelled back and forth through the turmoil of the Balkans, Central Europe, the Caucasus and South Russia, returning with many treasures on the eve of the Second World War. Andrew recalls his Grandfather as an old man when he’d spend school holidays at his house. On occasion at bedtimes, his Grandfather recounted wild tales of his ‘adventuring’: of the peoples he met and their folk tales, of days lost in endless forests, of nights camped out on a sea of grasslands when the frost was so hard that his blanket twinkled in the moonlight, as brightly as the myriad stars above. He told of feasting with mountain goat herders and with Orthodox Bishops, of shape-shifting shaman and of beautiful Princesses, of demons and of angels in human form. After a while, he’d be lost, transported to the magical world of his descriptions. Grandfather would lower his voice, he would wander from the story into more philosophical byways and soon, Andrew would fall asleep.

Orthodox Tales is a deeply personal account of Andrew’s childhood experience but as the themes and anecdotes play out in musical form, the album works as a conduit in which to transfer these tales to you the listener.”

credits
Catalog number WLR033
Written and produced by Andrew Sherwell
Mastered by Stephan Mathieu
Artwork by Federica Jeanne de Luca (behance.net/federicajeannedeluca)

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Coming soon…Tsone – Purification Verses

We’re pleased to welcome back Tsone to Whitelabrecs, who released WLR number seven last year, a beautiful record long since sold-out. His new album is a set of five-minute-exact drones that will lull the mind with its delicate looping texture. For those unfamiliar, Tsone is Arizona, US based artist Tony Obr who’s released with labels such as Audiotalaia and Home Normal, with Ian Hawgood from the latter being responsible for mastering this one. Purification Verses should appeal to those who enjoy work by Marcus FischerRichard Ginns or Federico Durand – you can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“Tsone is Phoenix, Arizona artist Tony Obr, who returns to Whitelabrecs having released ‘Dovetail’ with us back in May 2016. Over the last ten years he’s also released work with the likes of Home Normal, txt Recordings and Audiotalaia. Tony’s background includes playing woodwind in school bands as well as Jazz ensembles but particularly over the last decade his focus has been in making electronic music. He teaches electronic music and regularly puts into practice his visual arts background too and this all adds to his creative focus.

Purification Verses is a record that has been complete for quite some time and has been mastered by Home Normal label owner Ian Hawgood. It’s a record where Tony set himself the rule of using only two production tools: A cheap children’s keyboard synthesizer and a looping patch constructed with Max/MSP. He also limited post-processing on the sound to keep a consistency throughout. Tony would usually use a large pool of tools including hardware synthesizers, samplers, effects pedals and custom built software instruments. However, for Purification Verses, he focuses on a more singular approach by limiting the tools at his disposal. He wanted to investigate all of the possibilities available to him through this stripped-down and limited choice of tools.

The result of the investigation yielded a series of songs with an inherent unity and cohesion that runs between them. This unity is most apparent in the formal organisation of each song, namely, two looping patterns played against each other for exactly 5 minutes.
Tony drew upon his visual arts background for influence as the methods used to compose these pieces are similar to how one might construct a series of paintings of formally similar variations on a theme.”

credits
Catalog number WLR032
Written and produced by Tony Obr
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Artwork by Harry Towell

Coming soon…the prairie lines – eyes down slowdown

Getting set to drop soon on Whitelabrecs, we’re pleased to welcome The Prairie Lines which is the new outlet for Bill Bawden, formerly known as Herzog. We’ve long been a follower of Bill’s work through his self-released/netlabel work as Herzog so we’re pleased to present this beautiful set of wintry Ambient/piano pieces. Eyes Down Slowdown features the familiarly beautiful artwork of Slovakian photographer Peter Nejedly and might be a record for those who enjoy work by Scissors and Sellotape, Herzog (of course!) or Andrew Hargreaves – you can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“South Londoner Bill Bawden has been releasing delicate ambient music since 2005 under various guises, most notably albums and EPs on Serein, 12Rec, Resting Bell, Audio Gourmet and Rural Colours under the name Herzog. On his first full-length release under his Prairie Lines moniker, Bill has continued to refine his sound, processing piano samples to bring out warm lo-fi textures and layers of static.
The prairie lines are wide open spaces and homely values. Pylons and cables stretching for miles. Lines of migration. Interrupted communications.

eyes down slowdown is a call to become more introspective, to temporarily reject the speed of life around you.
An invitation to a place of worship, stepping into a resonant holy chamber.. this is where we kneel. A secret home away from the buzzing city streets, but also a secret home inside yourself. The performance of a repetitive ritual in order to achieve some result. A bright melodic loop which gradually corrodes. A familiar sequence that gradually falls apart, an examination of what is necessary. A repetition to bring about
a trance-like state.. to see without seeing and hear without hearing. To touch hands from the sky.
A calm landing.., to descend to somewhere new… an open field and a gentle breeze.
To accept the familiar and unfamiliar as one, to be comfortable with life whatever it holds.
Stop haunting my door.. not a physical door but a way in. The ghost is not trying to gain access but preventing you or anyone close to you from gaining access. Smile but prepare. When you look inside yourself, what if you don’t like what you see, or it scares you?

credits
Catalog number WLR031
Written and produced by Bill Bawden
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photography by Peter Nejedly

Coming soon…Overshift – Of Light and Shade

Coming soon on Whitelabrecs, we welcome a textured Ambient/minimal electronic producer from the United States, named Overshift who has appeared on labels such as Psicodelica, Yoruba Grooves and Galanding. Of Light and Shade is an immersive listen full of detail, intended for either conscious, or subconscious listening in line with Brian Eno’s original concept of Ambient music. Those who enjoy Krill.Minima, Robert Henke or Echospace might enjoy this record – you can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“Overshift is an Electronic Sound artist from New Jersey, USA who has released through several labels including Psicodelica, Yoruba Grooves, Galanding and Listen:React. At an early age, he became fascinated with DJing and learnt to mix on belt-driven turntables. Production was then the natural evolution as he began recording just after the millennium. After a ten year hiatus to focus on his career, the creative urge returned in 2013, as he assembled a small studio after time spent researching different room modes and installing proper acoustic treatment. This studio has been expanded and adapted as his collection of hardware and software has developed.

Overshift’s approach to music production is steeped in a ‘less is more’ approach as layered Ambient environments and textured Minimal Techno have become his signature. Initially, he will work on something new with a certain feeling or story in mind. This is usually something which correlates to an intellectual concept and can be inspired by almost anything. The process is usually a matter of just experimenting with sounds until it aligns with the concept that he intends to convey. Subtle background textures are carved from tape and vinyl noise. Random modular sequences and patches are prepared to compose a general melody and in some cases, percussive and rhythmic elements are developed. Once the basic building blocks are in place, slight variations are applied over a four to eight bar loop. From here, dozens and dozens of layers can be added from items such as field recordings, old vinyl records, textures, rhythms, but it is also not uncommon for there to be considerably less. All the while, a crucial element to the Overshift sound is the juxtaposed concept of controlled randomness: once a general arrangement is in place, multiple takes are patched randomly with generated sequences and modulation. Further micro-edits are developed from each take, using the bits that work, and deleting those which don’t.

Overshift straddles the lines between Ambient music and Minimal Techno striving to overlap these genres. For Whitelabrecs and in his album ‘Of Light and Shade’ he focuses more towards the Ambient aspect as marginal movements of innumerable sound sources combine to form what is ultimately a truly immersive listening experience, built from almost nothing. He aimed to flesh out a sonic duality and as a result, Of Light and Shade is an experience that could either be listened to intently, or simply heard.”

credits
Catalog number WLR030
Written and produced by Overshift
Mastered by Slow Clinic
Photography by Overshift
Artwork by Harry Towell

Coming soon…Polaroid Notes – Unsung Memories

The next release in our ever-growing catalog sees us welcome Polaroid Notes, who some may recall from our sister labels Tessellate and Audio Gourmet. Polaroid Notes is an artist named Andreas who resides in the Bavarian Alps, not far from Munich. His Ambient work is very much inspired by film and TV series, as he strives to carve out sketches for his own unreleased movie scoreUnsung Memories plays out with each track as an episode with brooding piano and electronic drone texture. We suspect fans of Willits+Sakamoto, Robert Scott Thompson or Christof Dejean may enjoy this record – you can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“Polaroid Notes is a German artist named Andreas residing in the countryside between Munich and The Alps and also records as Kraut Sounds. His work as Polaroid Notes has seen releases through our sister labels Tessellate Recordings and most recently, a free netlabel EP called ‘Days Of Our Lives’ on Audio Gourmet. He has also released on Büro für Erdrotation as well as a string of dub-techno geared records as Kraut Sounds on the likes of Terra Rossa, Spiel:feld and Adept Label.

Andreas’ long-standing involvement with music began in the 80s with him performing in bands as well as DJing. His musical journey absorbed 70s Kraut electronica, dub techno and modern Ambient sounds and in Polaroid Notes, he’s settled on a deeply reflective and cinematic sound that plays out like a film score. The work begins with a few simple piano lines before being developed into a soundtrack with analogue and digital equipment, electronics and drone texture.

Against a chilling backdrop of mountains, trees and inspirational landscapes, Andreas’ ambition is to compose a film soundtrack with his piano movements as Polaroid Notes. With every note, Unsung Memories yearns to be the score for an unfilmed movie or TV series, as the matters of dark characters play out across the frames. Each track could represent a single episode or scene. It’s like a journey through deserted and desolate landscapes, cities, hearts and minds, provoking pictures of fate and despair, always with tension. Maybe there is a chance for relief, somewhere, sometimes? But nothing is ever over…”

credits
Catalog number WLR029
Written, produced and mastered by Polaroid Notes
Photography by Polaroid Notes
Artwork by Harry Towell

Coming soon…teleferick – sixteen frames

For our next release we’re pleased to present a debut from Brugge, Belgium based artist Teleferick who also contributes the weekly electronic/experimental music show ‘Klankschap‘. This is a record compiling some 10 years of work as the artist Christophe Ywaska selects ‘Sixteen Frames‘ that cross section his ranging production styles. Beautiful Ambient moments are juxtaposed against more playful pieces which experiment with electronics and modern classical composition in an unconventional way. This one may appeal to those who enjoy Monolyth & Cobalt, Roel Funcken or Sylvain Chauveau You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“Teleferick is Bruges, Belgium based artist Christophe Ywaska who also runs a radio show called Klankschap which dives into the world of experimental music each week. This show has been running for many years and whilst being exposed to a wide range of multi-disciplinary artists, it’s no surprise that Christophe has also been recording his own work as Teleferick since around 2005.

We’re pleased to present his debut physical release after all these years, a sort of ‘selected works’ of sixteen unheralded gems from his collection. These are highlights from a ten year period with tracks presented as ‘frames’ which when played in their intended sequence, draw together as a vivid and cinematic soundtrack to a short film. There is a sheer wealth of production techniques and texture woven into these pieces that gives great variety as you listen; the moods of tracks flit from sad to intense, from serene to amusing. In releasing Sixteen Frames, Christophe intends to ‘archive’ these production methods and ideas and move onto the next chapters that lie ahead.

We’re told that before composing the work of ‘Sixteen Frames’ Christophe would isolate himself from the rest of the world, starting with virtually nothing before kneading the resulting elements into a unique identity. There was no clear plan when sculpting the music or of a deeper album concept. The true meaning of the album reveals itself to you only when the record is complete and could perhaps be compared to therapeutic sessions where there are more questions than answers. Sixteen Frames may indeed feel like a puzzle at times, but something that is appreciated all the more for getting lost in its complexity and in doing so, perhaps you will begin to understand?”

credits
Catalog number WLR028
Written and produced by Christophe Ywaska
Mastered by Tim Diagram

Coming soon…Slow Heart Music – This Body Is Not Me

Next up on Whitelabrecs, we welcome Ben Rath under his Slow Heart Music moniker. Ben has released with labels such as Sound In Silence and Cathedral Transmissions and we’re pleased to present a debut under this new project, which sees an emphasis on his guitar in which limited electronic interference is applied. If you bought our releases by Finglebone or Ben McElroy then you’ll likely enjoy this, with a raw folk charm being a perfect way to end the summer. Also recommended if you like Francesco Morittu, Pullman or John Fahey. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“Slow Heart Music is the acoustic side project of ambient music artist Ben Rath. Based in Manchester, UK, Ben has released music under his own name via labels such as Sound In Silence, Cathedral Transmissions, and Unkown Tone Records. As Slow Heart Music, Ben has released a short EP on Cape Town netlabel MoonSwing at the beginning of 2016 entitled ‘A Place To Forget’. ‘This Body Is Not Me’ is Ben’s full-legth debut as Slow Heart Music.

The ambient music Ben has released under his own name typically involves a lot of digital manipulation and arrangement of sound samples on a computer, and Slow Heart Music was conceived as a way to create music in a more spontaneous and live way, with minimal electronic interference and using a basic, lo-fi set-up.
The tracks on ‘This Body Is Not Me’ were recorded on a small classical guitar Ben purchased for £5 from a bring-and-buy sale in the basement of a cafe. Ben would improvise on this guitar in a relatively free and unstructured way until a theme or melody organically developed. He’d then press record on a digital audio recorder and create a spontaneous composition out of that theme. Most of the tracks that make up ‘This Body Is Not Me’ are first take recordings, with minimal post-editing. There are some subtle ambient elements in some sections where it seemed appropriate to add an extra dimension to the track.
Whilst the album does not have a clear, cohesive concept, the title and track names make loose reference to Ben’s interest in spirituality, which also informed the emphasis on flow, spontaneity, and improvisation in the writing and recording process. The sweet and delicate tones of Ben’s guitar playing provide a warm and pleasant soundtrack to the end of Summer and the fade into Autumn, capturing an abundance of warmth and sunshine with each note of this beautifully light set of recordings.”

Catalog number WLR027
Written and produced by Ben Rath
Mastered by Tim Diagram