Coming soon…Valotihkuu – Fragile Melodies

We’ve taken another breather with our schedule as we had to hurry along and ship rather a lot of Sven Laux albums – thanks to all who supported his release!

We’re back now with something perfect for the spring/summer as we welcome Russian artist Valotihkuu with Fragile Melodies. This one’s full of warmth as bells, lap harp and guitar are resampled and treated with plenty of tape effects. This should appeal to those who follow Federico Durand, Darren Harper or Cass

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Valotihkuu is Denis Davydov who is from the industrial Russian city of Cherepovets, with previous releases appearing on Russian independent labels such as Ветер в Ивах and Unline. Denis has been active since 2010 and has amassed a discography which also includes several self-released projects available by his Bandcamp page.
We fell in love with 2017’s ‘Spring and All’ and urged Denis to produce something for Whitelabrecs; he kindly obliged by sending us ‘Fragile Melodies’.

Denis tends to start his recording process by searching for interesting or unusual sounds whether this be background noise or the sounds of outdoors. He then marries these with musical instrument, tape and digital sampler experiments with plenty of resampling and layering as part of the process influenced by dreams, the natural world, stargazing and childhood memories.
In Fragile Melodies, we’re pleased to present a record that could be described as both frail and serene, with Denis having spent a great deal of time editing previously recorded samples of musical instruments. These include bells, lap harp, music box and guitar and he strived to manipulate the sounds so that they could tell a story separately without adding new elements, harmonies and melodic lines. The sounds transform in a unique way, as a sort of scent which floats into the air before you and each time you try to capture this, it dissolves. During the period that this album was created, Denis would walk a lot, listening and thinking about the fragments of sound he had been concocting, trying to reflect on how these could be presented as a light but elusive set of textures. With each walk, he’d be aware of the intangible nature of his own childhood memories as they flickered into focus for a fleeting second. He decided to use Fragile Melodies as a means to transfer such delicacy through sounds, textures and melodies.

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Denis Davydov
Photography by Denis Davydov
Artwork by Harry Towell

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Coming soon…Sven Laux – Schachmatt

After a short break as we let our last release by Paper Relics set it, we’re now ready to put out our next release which is by Sven Laux, who had featured in the production of The Road Home. Sven’s work is a stately Modern Classcial suite, full of immersive strings and contemporary Ambient sounds.

Sven has released with labels such as Dronarivm and Sleep Is Commercial and this beautiful album should appeal to those who enjoy A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Hans Zimmer or Max Richter

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Sven Laux is a German artist residing in Berlin, a city with a rich heritage in minimalism and modern composition. Sven isn’t new to this scene having started creating electronic music in 2003, with material released through labels such as Microcosm Music, Archipel, Sleep is Commercial and most recently, Dronarivm.

Sven’s early work would often focus on Minimal Techno rhythms, adorned by vacant Ambient tones. His more recent work has been centred more around developing his Ambient sound, with modern classical influences listing the likes of A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Hans Zimmer, Max Richter and the late Jóhann Jóhannsson. 2017 saw the emergence of ‘Paper Streets’ on Dronarivm which felt like a landmark release in Sven’s discography, ranking highly in many an end of year list.

We’re pleased to present his follow up ‘Schachmatt’ which is a German phrase for something that ends or when something is finalised or indeed, the last move in chess. The concept was born as Sven was inspired by watching a movie about famous chess players and as a result, he has created a set of disparate tracks to reference this as each player in the film had a different strategy. He wanted the approach for each track to play out along a differing path, each with its own unique characteristics or game plan, if you will.
The resulting soundtrack presents itself as a melancholic space for the listener, with every move of the chess pieces offered as undefined metaphors for your own interpretation.

credits
Written and produced by Sven Laux
www.svenlaux.com
Mastered by Pheek
Photography by James Gelsthorpe

Coming soon…Paper Relics – The Road Home

Next on Whitelabrecs, we’re set to increase the run count to 100 copies for the second time in our history, as we welcome brothers Harry and Stuart Towell to our catalog, as Paper Relics. Their last release emerged some 7 years ago on Time Released Sound, a set of lo-fi rustic folk/blues recordings. This time round, they’ve spent more time honing their craft, along with help from Sven Laux in a record that charts their personal progress since their debut album.

This one draws in many sub-genres from Post Rock, Shoegaze and Ambient to Neo Classical, Blues and some Folk and it may perhaps appeal to those who enjoy Mute Forest, Gentleman Losers or The Frozen Vaults. It will be made available in the Whitelabrecs store in two different versions – our classic white label vinyl-effect style CDrs as well as a deluxe printed version which imitates a gatefold vinyl LP.

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“Paper Relics are brothers Harry and Stuart Towell who reside 16.1 miles apart. Their debut album was released back in the summer of 2011 on American imprint Time Released Sound, entitled ‘Over Exposure’. This was a record steeped in the past as they used lo-fi blues and folk guitar Ambience to reflect over childhood memories spent on a farm on which their grandparents live. The farm was set to become a housing development so the memories became all the more cherished through the recordings and accompanying artwork.

Now nearly 7 years on, the brothers’ follow-up record ‘The Road Home’ traces the journey from that very point of reflecting on childhood memories as young adults circa 2010/11, to now. The title might read to some as a return home, a struggle back to a family abode however, this record deals with the trials, triumphs and time in between, having both set out to forge their own paths to become homeowners with their respective wives. When they began recording, the brothers lived in the same home with their parents, each with a new relationship and a stuttering career. Yet whilst The Road Home tells the story of the last 7 years reflecting on what is now already history – it is an album firmly about the present as they enjoy the foundation for their futures, clinging onto what they’ve worked hard to achieve. The lyrics in ‘Timeframing’ are about freezing these moments and the dozens of clocks you can hear ticking at the beginning can also be heard in ‘Tinted by Time’ on Over Exposure. Harry revisited the same antique shop where these were originally captured to see if they were still there and was able to re-record them once more. This recording plays briefly as the track opens to focus your thoughts on time once more.

Opening track ‘Stoke’s Hall’ was something Stuart penned and recorded the night before Harry’s wedding and the title reflects the name of the venue. Likewise, Wyke’s Retreat harks back to Stuart’s wedding from the summer of 2017. Over Exposure was creaking with rustic charm, whereas The Road Home sees a more structured approach to production. There is more variety, as some pieces drone gloriously in an elegant daze, others are more alive as the subtle power of Stuart’s guitar takes centre stage. Then this time around Harry has provided vocals in ‘Timeframing’ and ‘Frost’ as well as building a couple of tracks that use drumloops and percussion, recalling some of his downtempo work as Spheruleus. To give one final twist to the presentation, Harry and Stuart enlisted the assistance of Berlin artist Sven Laux, who provided additional orchestration and sound mixing.

Paper Relics albums are never likely to be released on a regular basis due to the busy lifestyles the brothers lead, so we felt our usual run of 50 copies wouldn’t be enough to do this album justice. So The Road Home is available in two runs of 50 copies; our familiar ‘white label vinyl-effect CDr’ as well as a special printed CDr edition that looks just like a mini gatefold LP.”

credits
Paper Relics are Harry and Stuart Towell
Tracks were written, produced and recorded by Harry and Stuart Towell with additional sound mixing and orchestration by Sven Laux

Stuart Towell: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, eBow, Bass
Harry Towell: Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Violin, Harmonica, Zither, Electronics, Sampling, Field Recordings, Tapeloop

Artwork by Harry Towell

Coming soon…Slow Clinic – Discarded Things Once Loved

We’ve another release lined up on Whitelabrecs and this time, we welcome Slow Clinic to the catalog. Discarded Things Once Loved is two longform guitar improvisations; a mixture of texture and beautiful drones. Some of our listeners may recognise Slow Clinic from his releases on Audio GourmetArchives or Elm Recordings or perhaps you may have noticed James Armstrong’s name in the credits for mastering on a few Whitelabrecs releases?

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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“Slow Clinic is Farnham, UK based artist James Armstrong who also runs the newly formed tape label Rusted Tone Recordings and has works previously released through labels such as Elm Recordings, ARCHIVES, Cruel Nature Recordings and Audio Gourmet. The Slow Clinic sound varies depending on the reason it is being created but typically, James starts by building layers of guitar swells pushed through an endless feedback delay pedal and then into a large reverb pedal. He will then usually improvise loops until something develops, incorporating unconventional techniques along the way such as using violin bows, hand percussion and found objects as a way of conjuring unusual sounds and textures.

‘Discarded Things Once Loved’ was originally created as part one of a two movement composition for a dance production choreographed by Vania Gala at the University of Northampton. Initially, James began making textural recordings by playing various hand percussion instruments and non-musical objects against muted strings. Things like rattles, shakers and hand drums were used to bring out the non-standard qualities of the electric guitar. He added some more conventional drones by sending swells through the usual delay and reverb combination so that it retains some of the characteristics of my previous releases. Everything was improvised and none of the sounds recorded were planned and James would like listeners to treat the album as an opportunity for discovery, to allow the longform recordings time and space to evolve.

All of the items that were used to play the guitar were gifts from an ex-partner and their family. As much as James was trying to avoid thinking about that period of time, there was no escaping it when the items were physically in his hands. From here the title ‘Discarded Things Once Loved’ emerged as the instruments had been hidden away gathering dust for quite some time. James also strived to see what sort of sounds could be created as a result of playing the guitar in such a way that the majority of his control and intention was removed from what came out of the instrument.”

credits
Catalog number WLR036
Written and produced by James Armstrong
Mastered by Alexander Roberts
Photography by Penny Day
Artwork by Harry Towell

Coming soon…Robert Farrugia – Almost There

Hot on the heels of our last release, we’re pleased to add Malta based artist Robert Farrugia to our label’s roster. Robert’s work may be familiar to those who follow labels such as Archives or Assembly Field and in ‘Almost There‘ we’ve a beautiful set of dreamy synth/piano sequences that will appeal to anyone who enjoys Stars of the Lid, Hammock or Good Weather For An Air Strike. Robert is a classically trained pianist and his album for Whitelabrecs provides a soothing backdrop of modern-classical tinged Ambience with a hint of Shoegaze.
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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“Robert Farrugia is a composer from Malta who has released through labels such as Assembly Field, Post Global Recordings, Batenim and more recently Spanish imprint Archives. Robert is a classically trained pianist although his earlier work saw him produce experimental guitar-based music before returning to focus more on piano recordings in 2013.
Citing Ólafur Arnalds, Stars of the Lid and Taylor Deupree as his major influences, Robert’s work usually starts off with small motifs which are layered with a largely improvisational approach.

Robert has also performed live many times alongside artists such as Jimmy Bartolo, Joseph Wilkins, Timothy Garrett & Cosmicomics and he has also collaborated with Roman Willi, Warmth and SineRider. He’s also a member of Eyes To Argus, an atmospheric/shoegaze band who have recently released an album entitled ‘VEER’ in October 2017.

‘Almost There’ is an Ambient record with droning synth/piano texture in a similar vein to the aforementioned Stars of the Lid as well as Hammock and is a record that Robert quotes as being his first serious attempt at recording a full length album. It was recorded during the examination period of his first year at University and he used it as a means of breaking away from his hectic routine, over the course of 3 weeks. The contents of the record are soothing yet dramatic as they map out a relaxing space that pauses all of life’s challenges into microscopic slow motion frames. Almost There gives a sense of being on the brink of achievement and as the finish line comes into focus, moments of reflection and triumph overflow.

credits
Catalog number WLR035
Written and produced by Robert Farrugia
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photography by Chris Vella

Coming soon…James Osland – Gone For A While

We’ve a lot to get through this year so it’s full steam ahead!
Next we welcome Elm Records chief James Osland with ‘Gone For A While‘. James has released records on the likes of Flaming Pines, Shimmering Moods and our own netlabel Audio Gourmet.
This body of work is a travelogue that is steeped in nostalgia and flickering, forgotten memories, revealing intricate detail with each listen. Gone For A While should be a record for those who enjoy work by Gallery SixChihei Hatakeyama 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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“James Osland is an audio visual artist from Devon, UK who as well as running Elm Records, has also released on labels such as Green Field Recordings, Shimmering Moods Records, Flaming Pines, Sonospace and Audio Gourmet.

He’s been recording and making music for around 7 years but over the last 2 years has been recording under his own name with a focus on our relationship between sound, memory and place. He has performed as a solo live artist in various countries including The UK, New Zealand and Vietnam as well as being part of live improvised groups including The Elm Collective and The Bristol Ambient Ensemble.

Gone For A While is an album built around a core made from field recordings, taken from South East Asia and Europe. These were then processed using various computer software programs and a small amount of instrumentation was added throughout the album. The album was written after James had returned back to his home town after several years spent living abroad. He was suddenly confronted with lots of old memories that he’d pushed to the back of his mind. Having lost his father not long before leaving the UK and having watched his grandfather suffer through dementia for the past 7 years, he began to reflect heavily on themes of memory, loss and decay. The concept of the album seeks to explore the processes our minds go through whilst dealing with loss.”

credits
Catalog number WLR034
Written and produced by James Osland
Mastered by Slow Clinic
Photography by James Osland

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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“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)