Out Now! blochemy – nebe

Our next release is out now, which is by Czech Republic artist Blochemy. Nebe is a woozy Ambient album full of fine, lo-fi detail. Nebe means sky in Czech and this record was inspired by the constantly shifting tones and cloud structures of the sky. We welcome back our regular photographic collaborator Peter Nejedly for the cover artwork which sits neatly against a white border and complimented by a vintage type-writer font. Those who enjoy music by Jens Pauly, Valotihkuu and Magnetophonique should love this. The album will be released officially on Saturday the 22nd of February but if you join our mailing list using the link below, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear.

Nebe was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy and the CDs. These have been selling fast but we do still have copies available. You can also stream the album in full on Bandcamp and of course, grab a digital version if you prefer, by clicking the player above or link below. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE:

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/nebe

 

press release
“Blochemy is an artist from the Czech Republic, with previous releases on labels such as Clean Error Records and Sun Sea Sky Production. The latter release featured remixes by Halftribe, Sinerider and Stray Theories. Blochemy has been making music one way or another since the late nineties, following the Ambient and IDM scenes, informed by the likes of Warp and Ghostly International. His current sound is inspired by labels such as Home Normal, Spekk, Dronarivm and 12k.

His work is produced in a small home studio, as a form of escapism from the daily routine; for relaxation and self-expression.
We’re pleased to welcome the Blochemy sound to Whitelabrecs with his new album ‘Nebe’, which translates to sky in Czech. The album was created using a combination of software and hardware and is a beautiful blend of lo-fi Ambient drones, full of rich melodic tones.

Nebe expresses into sound a fascination of the variability and complexity of the sky. Its form and tone constantly evolve, as shapeshifting clouds decorate the full spectrum of blue hues. Sometimes, they disappear completely and sometimes, darkness is dotted by glittering stars.”

credits
Written and produced by Blochemy
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Peter Nejedly
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Out Now! Edu Comelles – Línia Pedra Paisatge Solc

We’re ready to begin an exciting catalog of artist albums for 2020, starting with Línia  Pedra Paisatge Solc by Barcelona based artist Edu Comelles. This two track album of mid-length drones was mastered by Pedro Pina and was composed based on the skyline which can be seen from the castle of Culla. The pieces are drone soundscapes, full of evolving textural detail from acoustic instruments. Those who like Greg Haines, The Humble Bee and Ben McElroy. The album will be released officially on Saturday the 8th of February but if you join our mailing list using the link below, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear.

Línia  Pedra Paisatge Solc was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy and the CDs. Many have sold already but we still have some copies available. You can also stream the album in full on Bandcamp and of course, grab a digital version if you like, by clicking the link below or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/l-nia-pedra-paisatge-solc

press release
“Línia / Pedra / Paisatge / Solc (Line, stone, landscape and groove in Catalan) is a sound composition in two parts, based on the skyline that can be seen from the top of the ruins of the castle of Culla, a small village inland of the Castelló province (Eastern Spain). The first piece (Línia / Pedra) is composed based on the skyline between northeast and southwest. The second piece (Paisatge / Solc) has been composed using the skyline between southwest and northeast.

The line is the voice that describes the landscape. The stone is the central element, a source of history, legacy and shelter for those who live in this hard land. The landscape is all around us, it extends in-clemently into the stratified and muffled horizon. The groove is the drawing of man in this land, a cut on the ground, and the groove where the sound travels in this album.

Both sonic pieces were recorded and composed at the old school at Pla del Sabater nearby Culla, during October 2018. All sound sources used in the production of this work were captured during a period of a week living in residence on that isolated place. Sound sources include field recordings and voice, nothing else.

Weeks after the residency period at Culla, double bass was overdubbed in Valencia by Rafa Ramos. Mastering for the vinyl version was done by Pedro Pina in Barcelona. Four unique vinyl discs enclosed each on handcrafted wooden boxes, which have been left in Culla as artistic objects to be preserved and listened to there in its definitive format. The project is a commission of the Culla City Hall as part of a contemporary art program held on this small village. ■ Edu Comelles”

credits
Written and produced by Edu Comelles
Mastered by Pedro Pina
Photography by Edu Comelles
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Out Now! Emanuele Errante – This World

It’s been a busy week after having sold out of our Glåsbird release before it had even been up for pre-order. Hot on its tails, we welcome Italian sound artist Emanuele Errante, who some may recognise from his collaborations with Dakota Suite or Dag Roseqvist. ‘This World‘ is a 10 track journey through memories of old, levelled against thoughts of the present as electronics and organic instruments layer together. Errante uses field recordings, synth and guitar as well as some piano from Bruno Sanfilippo and also, oboe and saxophone by Max Fuschetto. Artwork is provided by SoWhat Musica magazine’s Peppe Trotta. This will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies  and we’ll release this officially on or around the 24th of August 2019. This one might appeal to artists such as Midori Hirano, Jens Pauly or M. Ostermeier.

This World was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy and the CDs have been going well! You can stream the album on Bandcamp and of course, grab one of the remaining physical copies or a download if you prefer by clicking the link below or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/this-world

press release
“Emanuele is a sound artist from Baia a little coastal town in the Phlegraean Fields in Southern Italy. He has released albums with labels such as Karakoe Kalk, Somnia and Apeginine as well as collaborating with artists such as the Dakota Suite, Dag Rosenqvist and compatriots Enrico Coniglio and Elisa Marzorati. Live performances have seen Emanuele share a stage with artists including Deaf Center, Biosphere, Vladislav Delay, Tim Hecker, Xela, Marsen Jules and Ulrich Schnauss.

Since the age of 6, he started playing a bontempi organ, a Christmas gift given by his parents before progressing through synthesizers and performing in local bands. With some years spent creating music using a computer, these days, Emanuele’s workflow is returning to his origins of live playing, usually with a synthesizer. His work is now imbued with an acoustic quality, sitting comfortably alongside electronic aesthetics. The natural sounds of field recordings add an almost tangible dimension to his work and it is here, in the outdoors, that his latest album is immersed.

‘This World’ is a deep and intimate exploration of what our planet and its inhabitants have become today which Emanuele is honest enough to admit, he doesn’t particularly like much of what he sees. Each of these 10 tracks is a reflection of what the world once was not so many years ago and what it is now. The path meanders both memories and present considerations, beginning with sparse, minimal notes to initiate contemplation, before more expansive, lush arrangements take hold as the album progresses. Emanuele narrates a deeply personal account throughout This World, but these tales are both vague and provocative enough for the listener to contemplate the journey for themselves.

credits
Written and produced by Emanuele Errante
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Cover artwork by Peppe Trotta
Internal photo by Emanuele Errante
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Guest Musicians:
Max Fuschetto – Oboe on ‘Anema’, Saxophone on ‘Azimut’
Bruno Sanfilippo – Piano on ‘Out There’

Out Now! Glåsbird – Svalbarð

We’re excited to welcome back Glåsbird after having released the debut album Grønland back in February. This sold out in no time at all so we imagine that copies of the follow-up record Svalbarð will be similarly sought-after. As the title suggests, this one’s another geographic expedition and this time, in the isles of Svalbard. Glåsbird continues the themes of icy modern classical music but this time the sound is less polished as the artist turns to tape saturation effects. Artwork is in the form of location photography on Svalbard, by travelling photographer Aldona PivorieneThis will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies  and we’ll release this officially on or around the 10th of August 2019. This one might appeal to artists such as Ben Lukas Boysen, Ian Hawgood or Anthene.

Svalbarð was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend and we’re afraid that all CD copies have sold out before the official release date! You can still stream the album on Bandcamp and of course, grab a digital copy in a range of formats by clicking the link below or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/svalbar

press release
“In February 2019 we released the debut album by an anonymous artist named Glåsbird, in the form of Grønland, a sonic expedition of Greenland. The album received much critical acclaim despite being from an anonymous artist and was even featured on Bandcamp Daily under their ‘best Ambient’ feature. CD copies of this record have long since sold out, but the Glåsbird continues its flight to a new destination: Svalbard.

Svalbard lies 78 degrees north, is inside the Arctic Circle and had a population of around 2600 people and an estimated 3000 polar bears! Its calendar year divides between the midnight sun and the polar nights. The former is a period of constant daylight and the latter is the opposite. However, the dark season is broken from time to time by spectacular Northern Lights.

In Svalbarð, Glåsbird became immersed once more in this next excursion, through means of Google Earth, 360° photos, blogger accounts of the isles, maps and also, videos by Efterklang who were an obvious reference point with the band having visited.
This time, we are treated to a greater number of tracks, as ten movements weave Modern Classical influenced Ambient soundscapes. The pristine, polished reverb of Grønland is replaced with a slightly muddier, more lo-fi approach to the sound as the artist strived to present a tape-eroded aesthetic to their work. The recordings deal with dramatic landscapes, glaciers, an abandoned coal community, a seed vault, the Island’s capital city Longyearbyen and of course, polar bears. Each piece feels icy cold, yet the warmth and hiss provided by the decaying tape effects provide a comfort blanket for the listener as perhaps you take in these scenes from a lonely cabin, at one with isolation and natural beauty.

The packaging for the album includes photography from Svalbard itself, courtesy of Aldona Pivoriene who is a professional photographer based in Norway. We are also set to release the next Glåsbird album next year. Where will the destination be? For now, we hope you enjoy immersing yourself in this new set of works exploring Svalbard.”

credits
Written and produced by Glåsbird
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Aldona Pivoriene (http://www.aldonapivoriene.com)
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Out Now! Spring Quintet – Raven, Raven, Raven

The summer schedule continues, as we welcome a collaboration between Montreal, Canada based artist Stefan Christoff and Milan, Italy based sound artist Matteo Uggeri. The record sees a live recording between Stefan and his fellow musicians at Casa Del Popolo, a music venue  in Montreal passed to Matteo who provided further processing, samples and field recordingsRaven, Raven, Raven is a modern classical micro-symphony, featuring piano, cello, violin, double bass and tabla and the packaging includes the paintings of Chris Day. This will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies  and we’ll release this officially on or around the 27th of July 2019. This has wide influences so is difficult to classify but should appeal to you if you like Peter Broderick and Machinefabriek, Andrea Ferraris and Matteo Uggeri or Guy Gelem.

Raven, Raven, Raven is available now after having been released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy. These have been going well but we still have some copies left at the time of writing and you can buy one of these or grab a digital copy by clicking the link below or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/raven-raven-raven

 

 

press release
“We’re pleased to announce our sixtieth release, which is a collaborative project between renowned musician and Montreal, Canada activist Stefan Christoff and Italian sound artist Matteo Uggeri, as well as musicians Claire Abraham (Cello), Fern O’Dactyl (Violin), Peter Burton (Double Bass) and Will Eizlini (Tabla).

‘Raven, Raven, Raven’ is a longform piece which originates from a live performance at Casa Del Popolo in Montreal, between Christoff and the aforementioned musicians. The ensemble performance was for a benefit show at the Native Friendship Centre and at a later date this was subsequently passed to Milan-based artist Matteo Uggeri, who had previously collaborated with Stefan through their mutual contact Vasco Viviani, owner of Old Bicycle Records. Matteo was tasked with the opportunity to deconstruct, rearrange and rebuild this raw recording as well as to adorn it with additional layers of sounds. Matteo’s own take on the original work took up a new approach to something that was originally live and flowing and once each artist had their own space in which to bring their own separate ideas, they then spent a slow period of regular communication via email during which the project gathered the momentum to eventually achieve the final results which have been beautifully mastered by Ian Hawgood.

‘Raven, Raven, Raven’ still flows like a live record, as if Matteo was there, present at this intimate live music venue, playing to the small crowd. Field recordings, samples and radio static blend through the individual movements of this modern classical micro-symphony in a seamless way. The album is intended to be gapless, playing continually both as the single track on the CD or as the split 5 movements within the stream or digital version.

The title to this body of work reflects back to how the original concert performance was set up to help support indigenous programs for people struggling with homelessness and poverty, with birds not only being particularly important in poetics, but also in different indigenous cultures too. It is often a symbol and this motif repeats itself within the recurring themes throughout this recording both within the music and the beautiful packaging, which features paintings by Chris Day and graphic design which Matteo also contributed to. Both Stefan and Matteo care deeply about human rights and the playful composition they have produced alongside this group of musicians represent this, with characterful glints of hope and freedom.”

credits
Originally recorded live at Casa del Popolo, Montreal 2017
Written and produced by Stefan Christoff and Matteo Uggeri
Claire Abraham (Cello)
Fern O’Dactyl (Violin)
Stefan Christoff (Piano)
Will Eizlini (Tabla)
Peter Burton (Double Bass)
Matteo Uggeri (Field Recordings, Effects, Samples)
Assembled and mixed by Matteo Uggeri between 2017 and 2018
Mastered by Ian Hawgood in 2019
Artwork by Chris Day
Packaging design Matteo Uggeri

Out Now! Logic Moon – I See Planets

The show must go on and we’re over mid-way through our busy schedule for 2019. Next we’re back in Germany as we welcome Mainz based artist Tobias Lorsbach who records as Logic MoonI See Planets is a deep and dense Ambient/Drone album created using guitar and retro synths and it features the collage artwork of Thomas Easton. This will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies with packaging design arranged by the artists themselves. The album is out today and has plenty of detail, so should not be viewed as a pure drone album. It should appeal to those who follow artists such as Truthiscolor, Hotel Neon or Tone Color.

I See Planets is available now after having been released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy. These have been going well but we still have copies left at the time of writing and you can buy one of these or grab a digital copy by clicking the link or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/i-see-planets

 

press release
“Logic Moon is Tobias Lorsbach, an artist from Mainz, Germany. His previous releases have appeared on labels such as Archives, Archipel and his own spontanMusik imprint across all physical and digital formats. He spent many years in the minimal techno scenes since the early 2000s and whilst out on a field recording excursion, he fell upon the idea of layering some Ambient drones. From here, his debut album as Logic Moon was born, Herbst11.

Tobias’ musical background has drawn in a widescreen of genres with him having performed guitar in a death metal band, embarked on a DJ career and now as an Ambient musician. His varied experiences have only served to give birth to a range of ideas which are evident in his latest album ‘I See Planets’, clocking in at just over an hour.
Compositions typically start life as a sketch on guitar before synth and additional components were added to build an environment.

Retro-futurism is the over-arching concept to I See Planets, something which Tobias does not map out for you the listener to read so you’re clear. Instead, this bewildering atmosphere is a heady journey that requires the time and space for it to unfold carefully.
The title track opens proceedings over 8 minutes, taking its time to wash over science fiction tales from the 70s. ‘Somnia’ follows, hinting of a drowsy night’s gaze into the black sky above as you imagine all kinds of stars, galaxies and planets. Fleeting moments of warmth are interspersed with themes of artificial intelligence, comprehension of time and darkness.

We’ve teamed up with Thomas Easton for the artwork, who produces retro-futuristic collages. We discovered his work through Instagram and we’re pleased to find a work of art which truly encapsulates the tales of I See Planets.”

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Tobias Lorsbach
Artwork by Thomas Easton
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Out Now! Sven Laux – ODD

Our next highly limited edition gatefold vinyl-effect CD sees Berlin, Germany based artist Sven Laux return, who released the now out of print Schachmatt with us in 2018. ODD is an emotional and personal album for Sven, following the birth of his daughter and a move to a new house with a new studio. It’s the first album he created in his new environment and it is a beautiful Modern Classical album, featuring the monochrome photography of Peter Nejedly. As usual for 2019, this will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies. Based on how quickly Schachmatt sold out, it’s recommended to grab a copy quick as these won’t hang around! We’ll release this officially on or around the 8th of June 2019. Those who follow artists such as Max Richter, Ben Frost or Glåsbird should enjoy this!

ODD is available now after having been released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy. These have been going well but we still have a few left and you can buy one of these or grab a digital copy by clicking the link or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

http://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/odd

press release
“We’re pleased to welcome back Berlin based artist Sven Laux, responsible for the now out of print Schachmatt which we released in 2018. Sven has been no stranger to the Ambient and Modern Classical scenes since then, with a release on Archives, a collaboration with Daniela Orvin as well as working on his new label Seasides On Postcards.

ODD is the first album Sven has created in his new studio, after moving into a new place following the birth of his daughter. Whilst working on the album, he always had in mind that there are calm parts in life followed by faster parts. He depicts the peaks and troughs of our existence through soft swathes of orchestral ambience interspersed by moments of rhythmic strings and electronic pulses.
Sven draws inspiration from the film soundtrack greats and constantly strives to build a bridge between classical music and Ambient; in ODD he created an entirely digital album but worked hard to program the right timbres to achieve a realistic orchestral sound.

There is a settled feeling to ODD thanks to long passages of repetitive strings and this forms the backdrop of the album as a broadly melancholic listen, laced with emotion from Sven’s own experiences. These are intended to draw the listener into the stories and absorb them. An overwhelming new dawn of possibilities becomes the theme for Sven with his new home, studio and indeed the new life of his baby daughter beginning this chapter.
What does ODD stand for? One Dramatic Day? Opening Doors? Is it a phrase in German? Does it mean anything? It will remain undefined. For us, these seven untitled pieces serve as a cinematic milieu, with the monochrome packaging presented as close-up film reels covered in dust.

credits
Written and produced by Sven Laux
Mastered by Tobias Lorsbach
Artwork by Peter Nejedly
Packaging design by Harry Towell