Out Now! Anne Chris Bakker – A Sketch in Leaving

Our May releases are out today and in this edition we have an album by Netherlands based artist Anne Chris Bakker. This record follows last year’s collaborative album for Whitelabrecs alongside Andrew Heath, ‘How To Breathe Like A Stone’ and through these twelve tracks, we’re pleased to present ‘A Sketch in Leaving‘ which is a range of piano, synth and experimental compositions, themed around the Scandinavian landscape.

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press release
“In this edition we welcome back Anne Chris Bakker, a musician and composer from the Netherlands. Some may recall 2021’s collaboration with Andrew Heath, with their album ‘How To Breathe Like A Stone’ and we are pleased to be able to present this solo record, ‘A Sketch in Leaving’.

Anne Chris Bakker’s music makes use of electro acoustic sound sources, to create minimal and experimental ambient music. Releases have been made available through labels such as White Paddy Mountain, Dronarivm and Unknown Tone, as well as a further collaboration with Andrew Heath on Rusted Tone Recordings. There were also recordings as Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra on labels which include Low Point.

Bakker typically starts with small compositions created with guitar and for A Sketch in Leaving, a new approach was forged by using a piano and samples so that a new experimental path could be explored. Inspiration has been drawn from long walks in the Norwegian mountains and this album is in part based upon these experiences. The immense landscape, battered and bruised by the elements represents change and loss, as well as the emergence of freshly formed details. The titles of the album are mainly of places, people and concepts all set to the vast Scandinavian landscape, which is placed as a focal point within the packaging artwork.

credits
Written and produced by Anne Chris Bakker
Pre-mastered by Andrew Heath
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Packaging design by Andrew Heath

Out Now! Glåsbird – Himalaya

Our May releases are out today and the first sees the next installment of Glåsbird’sA Sonic Expedition‘ series. The next destination on the horizon for this anonymous artist, is the Himalayan mountain range and this album traces a fictitious mountain expedition to the summit, followed by an ascent back down from the peak. The sequence of the tracks trace this journey and the packaging contains imagery from an actual expedition in the Himalayas, provided by climber Jay Whiting. There are also some additional words that give further conceptual insight into this record, provided by Neil McRoberts.

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“Glåsbird’s A Sonic Expedition series continues, arriving at the Himalayas as the destination for the 6th album installment of this global exploration. For those of you who are unaware, this is a project for this anonymous producer to explore far-flung geographic themes over the course of 10 albums. The series began inside the Arctic circle, moved into Scandinavia and surrounding area, onto Siberia and in this second half, it emerges in the highest mountain range on earth. It moves from expansive open landscapes and onto a new theme of treacherous peaks.

Himalaya was created as a fictitious film soundtrack, tracking the struggles and triumphs of a climber as they embark on and summit an unspecified mountain. The album begins with an ancient quietude, follows to snow-damped hikes before it delves into high-altitude ascents, with the music becoming ever more dramatic and at times, triumphant. The album closes with a descent, as the music gradually softens again but it carries with it, a sense of weary achievement.

As usual, Glåsbird has spent hours trawling archive film footage and documentary series’ as well as studying the terrain, through old maps and Google Earth. The album package includes photography by climber Jay Whiting, with the front, inner and rear images taken in the Himalayas during an expedition. Inside the sleeve, you’ll find some words provided by Neil McRoberts which give a poignant reflection on the Himalayas themselves, and the symbolism of mountains as a mammoth challenge. There is much to be discovered from a struggle and we hope that in some way, this record can provide inspiration, encouragement and some kind of peace.

credits
Written and produced by Glåsbird
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Jay Whiting
Words by Neil McRoberts
Art and design by Andrew Heath

out now! edu comelles & rafa ramos sania – de camp

Here’s our second of two new releases for April. For this one, we welcome Valencia, Spain based artists Edu Comelles and Rafa Ramos Sania. In this album ‘de camp‘ which means from the field in Catalan, the many instrument sounds of Rafa Ramos Sania are arranged by Edu Comelles, and adapted into a form of contemporary chamber music, with sensitively added electronics.

The album download includes a bonus track, a 32 minute live performance at the VolumensFest in November 2021. There are also music videos for the tracks Argilaga, Heura and Lantana, created by Jorge Dabaliña.

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“de camp is the second album by the Spanish duo formed by sound artist Edu Comelles and multi-instrumentalist Rafa Ramos Sania. After their debut on Archives label with Botánica de Balcón, the two artists expand their sonic universe by refining their own style, aesthetics and sound design. The outcome is ‘de camp’, an album featuring five new compositions and Bleda, a piece originally released on El Muelle Records as part of a charity compilation album.

de camp encompasses a widening of the musical horizons of this duo, stretching the colour palette of their timbres and shedding some light to their darker first album on Archives. Botánica de Balcón revolved around setting up a dialogue between austere electronics and the sombre strength of the double bass. On de camp the composition process has been a back and forth exercise of recording and re-recording, dissolving the lines between instrumentation, electronics and field recordings and striving for a unity in language and aesthetics.

de camp means ‘from the field’ or ‘from land’ in Catalan. All track titles refer to Catalan names of plants found in the outskirts of Valencia, the city where both artists live.

credits

Recorded, composed and mixed by Edu Comelles & Rafa Ramos Sania between Patraix and Alboraia 2021

Edu Comelles: Electronics & Field Recordings
Rafa Ramos Sania: Double Bass, Cello, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Music Box and Objects

Videos by Jorge Dabaliña

Mastered by David Mata

Art and design by Andrew Heath

out now! matt atkins & slow clinic – earthtides I

Here’s the first of our two new releases for April. For this one, we welcome British label owners Matt Atkins (MRM) and James Edward Armstrong as Slow Clinic (Rusted Tone). They collaborated here in the album ‘Earthtides I‘, in which Matt provided his studio-recorded piano compositions for James’ additional processing, in which electric guitar and field recordings were added.

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“Matt Atkins is a London based sound and visual artist who uses various sources create sound collages. He runs the Minimal Resource Manipulation label and his music has appeared on labels such as Rusted Tone Recordings, Tone Burst and Anticipating Nowhere.

Slow Clinic is the solo performance and recording project of James Edward Armstrong. James has released music on labels including Archives, Assembly Field and Champion Version, as well as his own label Rusted Tone. In 2018 we released ‘Discarded Things Once Loved’ in a limited edition run of 50 CDrs, followed by 2019’s ‘Green Echo’, a collaboration with Jazzdefector.

Both of these artists are regular collaborators and ‘Earthtides I’ is the second album to come from a collaboration between Matt and James, following the release of ‘Enfolding’ via Rusted Tone Recordings in November 2020. Recorded between March and May 2021, this album began with a selection of piano loops recorded by Matt at OneCat Studio in Brixton, London. The piano loops were sent to James to layer heavily processed guitar, textural sounds, and field recordings gathered around the UK.

credits

Music by Matt Atkins & James Edward Armstrong

Piano recorded by John Clayton at OneCat Studio
Layout and design by Andrew Heath
Cover art by Harry Towell
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong

out now! morimoto naoki – soak

Here’s the second of our two new releases lined-up for the 12th of March. We’re pleased to be joined by Tokyo, Japan based artist morimoto naoki for this one, with an album that follows recent releases on Seil and ROHS! The melancholy blend of light electronics, field recordings and manipulated acoustics makes this record a pleasant listen from start to finish.

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“morimoto naoki is an electronic and ambient composer from Tokyo in Japan, with previous releases on labels that include Seil, Inner Ocean and ROHS!. He started writing music around a decade ago and his approach draws in various instrument samples and every day sounds which he captures from his daily routines.

There is an undoubted influence from the Japanese ambient and electronica scenes and his restful, lightly fractured acoustic sound stands up to that of his peers. In this new record ‘Soak’, morimoto’s breathes a sense of warmth and stillness into the world as acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizers, toy pianos and metallophones are woven into a tapestry of beautiful tones. Field recordings add narrative whilst cassette tape recordings give further warmth and charm.

The concept for this record is to ‘soak’ the listener into the happenstances of daily life around them. The idea came about during the recording process as the field recordings were captured; morimoto found that listening to the world around him revealed many ambient textures that might normally go unnoticed. The process of trying to absorb these consciously felt like a ‘soaking’ process.

credits
Written, Produced and Mastered by morimoto naoki
Photography by Harry Towell
Art and Design by Andrew Heath

out now! letna – starigrad

Here’s the first of two new releases out now! For this edition, we welcome Paris, France based artist Letna, an artist who we’ve admired for many years, after we enjoyed his early netlabel releases on the likes of SEM and Zymogen many years ago. The sounds in this new album are a restful blend of nostalgia and environmental bliss, with its fine details and soft drones.

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“Letna is Serbian artist Saša Vojvodić based close to Paris in France, whose projects began in the netlabel scene in the early 2000s, with early releases appearing on Standard Klik, Zymogen and Eko. He went on to form the SEM label in 2007 alongside Alexandre Navarro, from which his first CD album ‘Adria’ was released. His first cassette appeared on the Sunshine Ltd label in 2013 and since then, he has self-released occasional works.

Saša has also collaborated, with music made alongside Steven Preston as Bridges Buildings, Alexandre Navarro as Redfish and David Sutorus as Zvezdara. It was the latter project that made Whitelabrecs reach out to Saša to see if he would be willing to create something for release on our label. 2005’s ‘The Dawn of New Possibilities’ is one of our all-time favourite netlabel releases and we are delighted to present ‘Starigrad’ which translates to old town.

This record aims to be both contemplative and nostalgic, as if a family member is recalling tales from the memories that are evoked by an old photo album. Different times and ways of life are revealed, as stories from an old town are shared. This album serves as a time capsule, containing both the fictitious memories and album concept, alongside Saša’s own tales, contained within these field recordings, cassette tape experiments, guitar pedal swells and the everyday sounds of his own family.

credits
Written and produced by Sasa Vojvodic
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Harry Towell
Art and design by Andrew Heath

out now! andrew heath – quiet noise

Released today is the new album from our regular collaborator Andrew Heath, who our listeners may recognise from his 2021 collaboration with Anne Chris Bakker, or his participation in the recent A Speechless Body compilation. Those of you who read the sleeve notes will recognise him for his design work with Whitelabrecs. Quiet Noise clocks in at almost an hour, and is a melting pot of serene electro-acoustic details. 

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press release
“Andrew Heath is a UK-based soundscape artist and composer, who creates lower case ambient music based around piano, electronics and field recordings. His discography includes regular output on Toby Marks’ (Banco de Gaia’s) Disco Gecko label, along with contributions for White Paddy Mountain, Rusted Tone and Elm. He has collaborated with many artists, including Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Simon McCorry, Seigo Aoyama, Anne Chris Bakker and Mi Cosa de Resistance. With the latter two, the music has been released by Whitelabrecs, with How To Breathe Like a Stone and A Speechless Body respectively.

Andrew’s latest solo album, Quiet Noise, continues his obsession with small fragments of sound that we are continually surrounded by and exposed to in our everyday lives. Balancing these ‘lower case’ recordings with his fascination of texture and tone through extensive treatments and instruments such as piano and guitar, he explores this quiet and dreamlike world. Quiet Noise also develops a more recent trait in his work towards a warmer and more tonal sound. Andrew’s work is not static and is constantly changing, building and evolving as each piece in this stunning album unfolds.

Quiet Noise presented a perfect opportunity to work with his fellow collaborators within the side project, Konstruct and so thanks must go to cellist, Simon McCorry who adds a soulful elegance to the track Embers which opens this album and to Alexander Caminada (aka Phonsonic) for stunning and majestic, half-speed flute on the concluding piece, Building Mountains. The release is rounded off with packaging designed by Andrew himself, making use of the beautiful collage artwork produced by his wife Zoë.

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Andrew Heath
Collage by Zoë Heath
Image manipulation and artwork by Andrew Heath

out now! grotta veterano & francis gri – soolo

Released today is a collaborative album between two north-Italians, Grotta Veterano and Francis Gri. It’s free from a clear concept and instead concentrates on the minimal, sensitively electro-acoustic developed sounds that the pair arrived at.

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“Soolo is a collaboration between Grotta Veterano and Francis Gri, who are both artists residing in Northern Italy. Between these artists, their solo work has appeared on the likes of Slowcraft, Fluid Audio, Shimmering Moods, Time Released Sound, Fluid Audio, Elm and Dewtone. Not to mention appearances on Francis’ own Krysalisound label, and some of our early followers may recall Francis’ album ‘Apart’ which we released back in 2018.

The Grotta Veterano project has been active for just a couple of years, working creatively within a limited space, to apply recorded instruments, effects and field recordings through digital processing. Francis Gri has been active under his own name since 2011, exploring his improvised style, typically using guitar or piano as the focal point. This collaboration began as a collection of small sketches by Grotta Veterano, built around substantially long and controlled improvisations, using a piano. The same first melodic and rhythmic line of the piano was twisted out of phase and subsequently superimposed onto the original one, allowing chords, melodies and timbres to be created. Sensing that the work was not yet complete, he invited Francis to develop the work, knowing that he would add just the right amount of magic, to develop the work into soundscapes. Francis added guitar and electric piano as his chosen instruments to embellish these sounds but he allowed the sparse, cascading minimalism between the notes to breathe. You can hear all kinds of details in between the keys, as field recordings, fading notes, light noise and blurred electronics interact with the compositions.

The final collection, Soolo is free from a clear concept as the artists decided to focus less on themes to work to, for fear of falling into a cliché all too common within the ambient genre. Instead, the collaboration and sounds itself becomes its own path, as the artists worked remotely, with little communication. The music became a form of communication in its own right, as each artist reacted to what they heard as sonic interpretations developed. The cover photography provides a feint visual backdrop to accompany the music, with the misty landscape giving an ambiguous stimuli for the listener, as they decode this body of spacious sound.

credits
Written and produced by Grotta Veterano and Francis Gri
Mastered by Francis Gri
Photography by Harry Towell
Art and design by Andrew Heath

out now! various artists – a speechless body

Released today is a various artists compilation album called A Speechless Body. This is a concept album idea, originally conceived by Argentinian artist Mi Cosa de Resistance who then invited Andrew Heath, Ciro Berenguer, Hymns57 and Pepo Galan to create 2 tracks each, relating back to the previous track. The idea is that the album plays as a series of ‘chapters’, as if it were a book.

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“Take five ambient composers from around the world. Ask them to create two pieces or chapters each which in turn relate, just as in a book, to the previous chapter but all constructed in two halves as a palindrome and you have an amazing and intriguing ambient work – A Speechless Body.

Originally conceived by the Argentinian experimental musician, Mi Cosa de Resistance, it quickly grew to include Ciro Berenguer, Pepo Galán, Hymns 57 and Andrew Heath and became an incredible journey from one place to another and then back again, taking in some beautiful ambient scenes along the way.

Diverse? Yes but delightfully so and it’s testament to these artist’s wonderful craft that everything works seamlessly. It guides you along this stunning ambient journey and is finally set into its own cohesive world by the mastering skills of James Edward Armstrong who frames the work perfectly. The stories and narrative within these ‘chapters’ is told through track titles, sound and the album artwork only. The rest, is to your own imagination.

credits
Written and produced by Mi Cosa de Resistance, Andrew Heath, Ciro Berenguer, Hymns 57, Pepo Galán
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Art and design by Andrew Heath

out now! various artists – sleeplaboratory3.0

Released today is a various artists compilation album called sleeplaboratory3.0. This is the third in the series, after a two year break and the concept for these albums is for the curated artists to produce their interpretation of sleep music. The result is CDr packed full of tracks designed to help induce the listener to sleep and this edition features work by the likes of Federico Mosconi, The Lifted Index, Stijn Hüwels, Tapes and Topographies, Andrew Heath and Ian Hawgood, who also mastered the album.

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“Sleeplaboratory3.0 is the third edition of Whitelabrecs’ long-standing concept compilation, a series that aims to induce the listener into a peaceful sleep. The series began in 2019 to mark the 50th release in the label’s catalog and was followed up with a second edition in 2020. It has seen contributions from the likes of Offthesky, Janek Schaefer, M.grig, The Green Kingdom, Warmth and Halftribe as well as artists from the label, including Mikael Lind, Gray Acres, Sven Laux, Glåsbird and Valotihkuu.

Sleeplaboratory compilations are typically released in January and after a two year break, 3.0 continues the themes established in the previous two records. Each artist in the line-up takes the brief of creating ‘sleep music’ and paints the sonic field with their own ideas. Some artists develop restful electro-acoustic compositions, whilst others sketch out soothing drones or vacant ambient textures. With a varied spectrum of warmth and cold, light and floaty, weighted and deep, this new collection features label-regulars such as Andrew Heath, blochemy and Pruski alongside the likes of Ian Hawgood, The Lifted Index, Federico Mosconi and Stijn Huwels. The track titles tend to tie back to the central album theme with words synonymous with rest, phases of sleep or calm places. This album can be experienced in many ways, such as at low volume with headphones, or streamed through hi-fi in a dimly lit room, consciously, or subconsciously.

credits
All rights reserved with the artists
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Curated by Harry Towell
Art and design by Tom Tebby