Coming soon…Sea Trials – Sea Trials

We’re back from a holiday by the sea and raring to go with more limited edition releases. So fittingly, we welcome Sea Trials, an artist from Hungary (originally Cork, Ireland) called Ian W. McCarthy. This one’s a fascinating record using the decaying, dilapidated sounds of dying loops from cassette tapes that had been left out in the rain, submerged in salt-water and even burnt. This record certainly has its refreshing Ambient moments as old fragments of music float to the surface but this is experimental in nature as the synths and instrument sounds glean occasionally on a bed of noise and murk. This should appeal to those who enjoy sounds by Maps and Diagrams (or his work as Atlantis), Billy Gomberg or Skjølbrot. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“The self-titled Sea Trials album is the debut from Irish born, Hungary based artist Ian McCarthy who has previously released in the Techno field under monikers Romart and Wilhelm on labels such as Flux Recordings, Nice Try Records and I Had An Accident Records. Sea Trials was spawned in 2015 as the foundations for Ian’s idea began with him creating a pool of material to draw from as he planned a number of recordings and we’re pleased to present his eponymous debut album to serve as the perfect introduction to this sound.

The 9 tracks were created from source material recorded to old or damaged cassette tapes which were treated by either being left outside exposed to the elements, by being burnt or submerged in salt-water for long periods. Inevitably, the deterioration of sound and medium became a crucial part of the process and became the concept: decay and rebirth.
Ian found himself unexpectedly longing for the sea as he was land-locked in North Eastern Hungary and so maritime references are aplenty along with a sweeping nostalgia that creates feelings of loss and longing.

Originally, Ian had set out to create almost orchestral styled pieces by using various instruments and synthesisers as his starting point for loops however, the methods of tape erosion played a part in warping this sound into dilapidated memories of the original works which occasionally resurface and reimagine as sections are spared the decay of the sea bed. Other sections of the source material did not survive the process so well and somewhere on this record, you will hear a tape machine dying an uncomfortable death.”

Catalog number WLR024
Written, produced and mastered by Ian W. McCarthy
Photo by Ian W. McCarthy
Artwork by Harry Towell

Coming soon…Floor Overhead – Uses For Pavement

We’re keen to release more of the exciting collection of albums we have lined up for the summer months and next up our artist roster heads across the pond to Brooklyn, NYC, USA. Floor Overhead is a project by Andrew Farwell and Uses For Pavement is his debut album after a couple of self-released works. This one sees us return to our Ambient roots after a couple of more experimental/musical releases as Andrew’s Guitar drones will recall work by artists such as Tsone, Darren Harper or Field Rotation. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“Floor Overhead is Brooklyn, USA based artist Andrew Farwell who some may recognise from our recent compilation album ‘Whitelabsounds’. His previous output has seen a few self-released projects on Bandcamp and we’re now pleased to be able to present the debut album ‘Uses For Pavement’

Andrew has been playing guitar since the age of 12 and eventually migrated to making electronic and ambient music on computers some years later. His current approach to sound uses guitar recordings deconstructed and processed with inspiration drawn from industry heavyweights such as Steve Reich, Kevin Drumm, William Basinski and Fennesz.

Uses For Pavement is the product of quiet, happy accidents from guitar recordings that have been gently brushed over with some production to create a collage focused on spacing and permanence.
The album is an attempt to refuse the temptation to alter accident-prone inputs and superimpose the ‘shoulds’ of creation. Like thoughts, inputs are inherently unchangeable while our reaction to those inputs is negotiable. The result of this album is a heavy but structure-less space that serves as a shelter for otherwise lost ideas.”

Catalog number WLR023
Written and produced by Andrew Farwell
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by John Robert Clark Moore (http://johnrcm.com/)

 

Coming soon…Covarino/Incorvaia – Granada

After the excitement of releasing our very first compilation which has all but sold out, we’re now keen to press on with the demos we have lined up as the summer months approach. Fittingly, we are pleased to present a live album by Francesco Covarino and Alessandro Incorvaia (Covarino/Incorvaia) entitled Granada which is full of warmth. The cover artwork features Granada’s signature cactus, the prickly pear and provides a focal point to this concept-free set of improvisations for guitar and drumsGranada draws on influences of Post Rock, Ambient and Free Jazz and should appeal to fans of Mogwai, Dirty Three or Godspeed You Black Emperor. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“Covarino/Incorvaia are musicians Francesco Covarino (drums) and Alessandro Incorvaia (guitar), originally from Perugia in central Italy. Their debut release emerged last year on UK imprint Preserved Sound and was named after the artists’ hometown.
Both artists currently reside in countries further afield now with Alessandro based in London, UK and Francesco in Granada, Spain. So their follow-up album is named after the latter as they focused on a live and more improvised set as a duo, without the additional musicians included in ‘Perugia’.

Both artists grew up together and were in a band in the late nineties before it disbanded. It wasn’t until 2015 until Francesco and Alessandro re-united to work together musically as they set about recording over several sessions during the Christmas holidays. Their musical influences of Post Rock, Indie, Free Jazz and Ambient collide and spiral fluidly into the material that can be heard within ‘Granada’.
Over the course of six unedited live tracks, percussion and warm guitar meld together beautifully in one afternoon session, best enjoyed in daylight when there is at least a glimmer of sunshine. The cover artwork was fittingly taken in Granada, of a Prickly Pear Cactus plant on a clear-sky day.

The album is simply named after the location it was recorded and since it was spontaneous, the tracks do not have specific titles as the artists wish to leave the album as free from a concept as possible. It was felt that to add some fabric or stories to their work post-production would devalue the fact that this record was made off the cuff.”

Catalog number WLR021
Francesco Covarino: Drums, Classical guitar on #6
Alessandro Incorvaia: Guitar

Recorded in Granada, may 1st, 2016, at Sonobalance by Marcos Muniz
Mixed by Marcos Muniz at Love Thy Neighbour Labs
Mastered at Kadifornia

Cover photo by Francesco Covarino

Coming soon…Various Artists | Whitelabsounds

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This is a proud day for us at Whitelabrecs HQ – we’ve been working hard behind the scenes for a while on our very first compilation album and for this, our packaging/design takes a slight turn. This release continues along the lines of vinyl-effect CDrs of course but this time, we’ve splashed out on creating a small scale fine-art vinyl imitation CDr, which is presented exactly as a professional vinyl LP would, only smaller!

The album sees us make good use of the full space on the disc as we’ve approached our own artists, label friends and established artists alike. The final product sees well-known producers such as Offthesky, Darkroom and The Green Kingdom line up alongside our very own David Kolhne, Jose Soberanes and Ondrej Zajac. We couldn’t be happier with the packaging and the quality of the tones contained on the disc and we hope you will be too.

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Please note, this is a CDr, not a vinyl record!

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press release
“Since we began running Whitelabrecs in January 2016 we’ve managed to put out 20 albums covering the varied ground of the Ambient scene and featuring artists both new and established. Usually by the time that this many releases have amassed, most labels will have created at least one compilation or sampler but rest assured, we’ve been working behind the scenes for several months on our very own ‘Whitelabsounds’.

Our very first compilation album features a CDr full of top drawer Ambient and Experimental music featuring well known artists in the scene such as Offthesky, Maps and Diagrams, The Green Kingdom, Wil Bolton and Darkroom as well as contributors to our discography and other friends.
The album is presented as a small-scale fine-art vinyl LP imitation package, with a printed outer photographic/graphic sleeve, white card inner sleeve and a printed vinyl-effect CDr. There’s not a rubber stamp or white label in sight, as we wanted to present something truly special and hopefully, the start of a series.

The sounds contained within the disk are to be seen as a mood board of the various shades of modern Ambient music, with darker drones concocted from electronics and light noise sitting alongside beautiful electro-acoustic pieces, framed as a sort of mosaic. Every tile tells a story as each artist’s environment, experience and influence helps shape their sound. Somehow, the whole body of work becomes greater than the sum of its parts and that brings us to the artwork, a photograph of tessellating mosaic tiles taken in Pompeii, Italy.
Some tiles are worn and disintegrated whereas some are smooth and clear, perfectly reflecting the tones that can be heard on this inaugural Whitelabsounds compilation.”

Catalog number WLR021
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photography by Bethany Towell
Artwork by Harry Towell

Coming soon…FragileField – Wing-half

We’ve had an uncharacteristic break these last few weeks but behind the scenes we’ve been working on future material in the Whitelabrecs catalog. We’ve a huge announcement lined up and loads of new ideas but first, we’d like to present our 20th release, back in our home country, the UK. ‘Wing-half‘ is the debut album by Lancashire-born Londoner FragileField or Lawrence Berry to his mother (who features in the cover artwork, by the way). Wing-half really pushes the boundaries in terms of genre in general, and certainly for Whitelabrecs. Lawrence skillfully blends notes of Jazz, Modern Classical, Ambient and Post Rock music with the assistance of several musicians and the studio space at Huddersfield University. This one should cross over and appeal to fans of several different experimental styles so it’s difficult to pin-point similar artists. But if we’re pressed, we’d have to say Hood, Sam Prekop or Tape. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“Wing-half is the debut album from FragileField and was recorded using the facilities available whilst studying at Huddersfield University, UK. Lawrence Berry, originally from Lancashire has been writing and composing music for as long as he can remember and has been playing guitar since the age of six. Towards the end of his studies, Lawrence established the FragileField project as he made use of the wealth of musical equipment available at the university. With the aid of studios kitted with top quality hardware and a range of instruments including grand pianos, double basses, trumpets and saxophones, the varying but musical sound of FragileField developed.

Lawrence adopts a free-thinking approach to composition, incorporating his myriad influences of William Walton, Wayne Shorter, Talk Talk, Burial and Tim Hecker as Modern Classical sounds meet Ambient, Post-Rock and Jazz. With the cover artwork scanned from an old photograph of his mother, Lawrence’s chosen theme for this mini album is in part family. The album’s title ‘Wing-half’ was the position his grandfather Walter Whitehurst played for Manchester United in the 1950’s, a brilliant man that he got to know well up until the first year of college when he passed away suddenly.

Wing-half is comprised of five tracks that are all inter-related, sequenced to allow the off-kilter moments chance to evolve. This is perhaps the most melodic record we have released on Whitelabrecs so far and marks a departure for the warmer months that lie ahead. There is a real vibrancy as the wealth of musical genres blend together yet the sound ebbs and flows as quieter, more reflective moments are overlapped by drums, jazz and rock inspired passages. Clocking in at 28 minutes, you’ll find that the album can easily be listened to in one sitting as it flits between moods and themes, as if reflecting on a life well-lived.
At the end, thoughts return to Mr Whitehurst as this colourful journey curtails suddenly – on reflection you’ll be left breathless as you contemplate the ups and downs of the constantly evolving Wing-Half.”

Catalog number WLR020
Written and produced by Lawrence Berry
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Lawrence Berry

Coming soon…David Kolhne | Granular Canvas

We’ve yet another highly limited edition release for you, this time from an anonymous artist named David Kolhne. David has self-released a couple of works via his Bandcamp page but ‘Granular Canvas‘ is his first physical release on a label. The artist behind the project is actually well known in the Ambient scene, having been active for over 15 years but chooses to remain anonymous for this project. The 6 mid length tracks here could be loosely filed under Ambient, Drone and Electronic and should appeal to fans of Paul Jebanasam, Tim Hecker or labels such as Kranky or 12k. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“David Kolhne is an anonymous experimental artist that has been active under other guises since the turn of the millennium. We are told that the artist behind this mysterious project is inspired by releases from labels such as 12k and Kranky; his sound straddles the lines between modern Ambient composition incorporating electro acoustic methods. The David Kolhne project started life in 2016 and has seen the occasional self-released work emerge from his Bandcamp page.
It is suggested that David’s location is Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) however as with many anonymous artists, this may in fact be a smokescreen. Not much can be gleaned from the artist’s profile image either, as a ghostly figure only adds to the disguise.

Typically, Kolhne’s work is structured from soft and hard synth recordings along with recordings of his custom-built instruments, transformed into carefully assembled environments of micro sound. ‘Granular Canvas’ is no different as it sets off on a journey through some 54 minutes of carefully formulated Ambient paintings. However, they are not so much pictures or paintings as they are colour washes, as deep strokes of blue, grey and green dominate the palette. Such tones evoke a sort of sea-spray shade and as you listen, you will be struck by a suggestion of pressure yet somehow, a sense of relaxation. The sounds have the power to both immerse and sooth as you take your own thoughts and ideas to them each listen, day or night, rain or shine.
Kolhne works completely free from concept however, particularly within Granular Canvas as he strips away all narrative in favour of allowing the sounds, noises and tones a voice in which to tell a story. A blank canvas, if you will.”

Written and produced by David Kolhne
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by David Kolhne/Harry Towell

 

Coming soon…net | HS

Hot on the heels of our release in January, we’ve gone from South America to Finland as we welcome Tampere based artist netEdward Trethowan is an experimental artist that straddles the lines between Ambient, Electronica and Sound Art and his album ‘HS‘ is an immersive and progressive listen over the course of nearly an hour. You’ll likely enjoy this album if you like artists such as Legiac, Machinefabriek or Strië. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we share it.

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press release
“net is a British sound artist named Edward Trethowan, currently based in Tampere, Finland who has also recorded as N.E Trethowan. Edward has recorded material for Linear Obsessional, Finnish label Kaukana Väijyy Ambient and his own imprint TVEI. Edward’s influences are widespread, enlisting artists such as Autechre, Éric Cordier and Ursula Le Guin as well as everything from landscapes, wildlife, spiders and retro-futuristic sci-fi as his source of inspiration. Edward has been recording one way or another since the turn of the millennium and these days his sound usually starts life as a MIDI sequence, field recording or sample fed to different instruments or effects chains until an appealing texture or motif develops. He then builds on this with more parts, piece by piece with no set plans. A particular focus is to ensure that the sounds develop, avoiding the temptation to repeat phrases over and over so that the work progresses.

Last year Edward made the decision to shorten the former N.E Trethowan guise into the abbreviated ‘net’, which brings to mind the texture of a net or web and the natural accumulation of unrelated and foreign semiotic bits and pieces that could get caught in it. Both the structure of the net and its contents form part of the bigger picture, as Edward decided to make the project sound less authored and allow you to delve more into the sound itself, which is often as much down to chance and sporadic ideas as Edward’s sole vision.

HS is an album full of gentle granular textures that weighs in generously at 55 minutes and is pristinely mastered by Fraser McGowan, who suggested that Edward approached Whitelabrecs as a home for the project. HS is a sort of spiritual successor to RS which was released in 2012, with both records being dedications to Edward’s maternal grandparents. In fact, opening track ‘Ptarmigan’ includes a sample of his grandmother singing back in the 1940s.
Aside from this, HS is free from a set concept as the net traps and envelopes many of Edward’s unrelated experiences and ideas during the album’s creation: ‘Plaza’ was inspired by the overwhelming metropolis of the planet Trantor in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. ‘Werel’ is an attempt to capture the beauty, stillness and vast, textured summer evening skies of the Rauhaniemi beach in Tampere. In the summer of 2014, several days before the birth of their son, Edward and his wife Annika chanced upon a nestling bird helpless on the pavement in an old red-brick industrial area of Tampere. Unsure from where it had fallen, they took it in and kept it fed overnight. The next day, they located the nest in the wall and returned the chick safely. This bird is the fellow that can be heard chirping in ‘Nestling’.

HS is a record that captures a series of snapshots from the time in Edward’s life when the album was being created, rounded off by the cover artwork which was taken by Annika.”

Written and produced by Edward Trethowan
Mastered by Fraser McGowan
Photography by Annika Trethowan