Out Now! 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.

This went to out to our mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, we’ve got copies still available – to find out more or grab a copy, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/this-body-is-not-me

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

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[whitelabtapes] – wlr-t01

For a good while, we’ve been meaning to put together a sampler mix to showcase some work from select releases in our catalog. Ever since recent studio experiments with tapeloops, we’ve taken an interest in the cassette format again and decided that our sampler would literally take the format of a mixtape, similar to how bootleg vinyl mixes might have been home-taped back in the 1990s.

The mix is a ‘guess-who’ of material from our discography, blending tracks harmonically into 22 minutes and 50 seconds each side of the tape. The mix is available digitally if you’ve sold your cassette player on a car boot sale but for anyone who still have a machine, the added hiss will surely add to your listening experience.

The cover artwork printed on the packaging was taken in a field a couple of hundred yards away from our home, on a warm summers day.
Our tape supplier has many colour options so these will change as this infrequent sub-series continues but naturally, we plumped for white in this inaugural edition.

released August 29, 2017
Mixed by Harry Towell
Artwork by Harry Towell

You can visit the dedicated page on the Whitelabrecs Bandcamp site where an order can be placed by clicking below or HERE


https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/wlr-t01

Out now! WLR026 Ludmila – 1 Day 1 Track

As posted on our website/Facebook, next up is Lyon, France based Argentinian Ludmila with 1 Day 1 Track. This is an album of 7 tracks, with the artist (Jori Borla) having recorded for around 10-20 minutes for each day of his holiday. The tracks were then cut and mastered to be presented in a beautiful electro-acoustic/Ambient album that may appeal to fans of HammockWillamette or Shaula.

This went to out to our mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, we’ve got copies still available – to find out more or grab a copy, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/1-day-1-track

We decided for the first time to run a ‘win a free copy’ competition on our Facebook page which was fun. We’ll be doing this again in the future so make sure to ‘like’ our page HERE so you have a chance to win too.

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press release
“Ludmila is an artist named Jori Borla who currently resides in Lyon, France but originally from Salta, Argentina. To date, Jori has largely self-released his material and we’re pleased to be able to offer his debut of sorts on Whitelabrecs. Jori has experience performing in bands as well as playing instruments such as guitar, cello and bass however he began his project as Ludmila a couple of years ago, after the birth of his son. Typically he would perch upon an uncomfortable stool by his amplifier and experiment with spontaneous tape loops.

In ‘1 Day 1 Track’, Jori set about recording one track every day for a week in which he describes it as the ‘best holidays ever’. Each track on the album is a cropped section of a recording session that lasted from between 10 and 20 minutes, a process repeated each day. In one very peaceful week, Jori recalls playing free from thought, with the takes being improvised without the aid of a computer. Often when artists embark on the creative process, rules and pressure are applied and a lack of quality time devoted to one’s craft can breed frustration. By taking time out during his holidays for just a short period each day, the music flowed and a beautifully cohesive album was born.

Jori also states that 1 Day 1 Track has an additional loose concept which is about finding himself in other lands. This is reflected in the cover artwork as a distant image of an ill-equipped human being can be seen free-falling from high in the sky, towards the unknown ground beneath them.”

Catalog number WLR026
Written and produced by Jori Borla
Mastered by David Georgos

Out now! WLR025 Steve Pacheco – The 4th

Next up on Whitelabrecs we welcome Steve Pacheco to the catalog who some of you may recognise for his excellent album ‘Constellate‘, recently released on Belgian imprint Dauw. Steve is based in Los Angeles but this album is about memories and loss following him leaving his former residence in Santa Fe for a new job opportunity back in LA. The material in ‘The 4th‘ is some of our most Ambient‘ work since the likes of Russell Glynn or Dave Kirby. This one may appeal to those who like Taylor DeupreeThe Humble Bee or Twincities.

At time of writing, we’ve got copies still available – to find out more or grab a copy, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/the-4th

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press release
“Steve Pacheco is an artist born and raised in Los Angeles, California who had spent a period of three years in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 2012 to 2015 before returning to LA. From an early age Steve could be seen carrying a red transistor radio set to a classical station and this lo-fi sound has stayed with him into his adult life. His debut album Constellate was released this year on Belgian label Dauw and like many of their releases, it has sold out.

Steve had actually agreed to release his first album ‘The 4th’ with Whitelabrecs however a change in schedule at Dauw meant that Constellate was moved from its scheduled release in fall 2017 meaning it became his debut.
Typically, Steve’s sound begins life as a simple melody or loop typically created using guitar, piano, kalimba, xylophone or other acoustic sources. These are then processed until a texture or drone is achieved and then stored to a library of sound. In the next stage, Steve will then look to assemble these loops and carve out different frequencies from them into a track and this process can take quite a long time. For an extreme example, the final track on this album ‘Completion’ was first drafted in 2010 as Steve does not set out to create something specific – he strives to work until something ‘reveals itself’ so the process is as much down to chance and persistence than anything else.

The 4th is an album themed around cherished memories, loss and letting go as each track is deeply connected to memories he experienced during his time in Sante Fe. The first three tracks are set in Santa Fe whereas the final piece ‘Completion’ is a reference to Steve’s return to Los Angeles for a new job opportunity. The title of the album is a reference to the Chakra system, with the fourth of these being the heart. Whilst the deeply personal events and circumstances that inspired the work within this album may not translate to you the listener, it is intended that the material will inspire memories and feelings dear to you as the warm textures will envelope you.”

Catalog number WLR025
Written and produced by Steve Pacheco
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Steve Pacheco

Whitelabrecs Box Set

We’re busy working behind the scenes on our next release which is imminent, however we’ve had the idea for a long time of putting together a Box Set of our first 20 releases so that there is at least some way of people new to the label being able to get a copy of our many sold out/out of print items.

We’ve made it clear that we won’t re-press any albums as we want to keep things small and collectable but for those looking to either preserve the collection or play ‘catch-up’ if they’ve only recently discovered us we think it’d be cool to make things available as a box set.

The package itself is simple and ‘DIY‘, very much like each of the CDr releases we put out with a card board box being the perfect size to comfortably house the 20 discs. The box will be hand-stamped in an ink colour of your choosing and the vinyl-style CDrs will be contained with a polaroid of the cover artwork and inside card sleeves. Again, you can choose the colour of the sleeves.
You’ll be contacted following your purchase and we’ll consult on your options and then we’ll order the materials, burn the discs and deliver to you securely!

You can visit our dedicated page on the Whitelabrecs Bandcamp site where an order can be placed by clicking below or HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/merch/whitelabrecs-cdr-box-set-1-20

Out now! WLR024 Sea Trials – S/T

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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.

At time of writing, we’ve got copies still available – to find out more or grab a copy, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/sea-trials

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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
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photo by Ian W. McCarthy
Artwork by Harry Towell

Out now! WLR023 Floor Overhead – Uses For Pavement

We’ve just returned from a fantastic holiday in Italy and at the weekend, we released our latest limited edition album which we’ll be shipping these throughout the week. Floor Overhead is a project by Andrew Farwell and Uses For Pavement is his debut album after a couple of self-released works. This record sees the catalog 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 TsoneDarren Harper or Field Rotation.

At time of writing, we’ve got copies still available – to find out more or grab a copy, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/uses-for-pavement

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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 – johnrcm.com