Home Diaries 009: Fossil Hunting Collective

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

We’re pleased to announce Fossil Hunting Collective joining the series, as Guelph, Canada based artist Jamie Jones joins following a recent cassette release which he put out on the Aural Tethers label which he runs alongside Steven de Taeye (Hymns 57)Aperture is a thoroughly detailed record full of guitarssynthspedals, indoor and outdoor field recordings, answer machines, slow rhythmsdrones and goodness knows what else. It was made as the slow passing of time coincided with Jones’ recovery from surgery. He had all the time in the world to work on his album, but pain and recovery stopped him taking this too quickly. The result is a genius myriad of documentary sound.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-009

-ARTIST LINK-
https://fossilhuntingcollective.bandcamp.com/album/aperture-2

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

We stick on the North American continent, as the series heads to Guelph, Canada where we’re joined by Fossil Hunting Collective, a project from former Epigram member Jamie Jones. Jones also forms part of the Aural Tethers cassette label alongside Steven de Taeye and visual artist Richelle Forsey. This formed a home for his recent album The Fear Of Landing On Water and we’re pleased to welcome him to our Home Diaries catalog, with this follow-up.

Aperture is a 44 minute album dealing with the artist’s experience of lockdown, which he shared with his family. It began following surgery, so recovery and finding a way back to making music played a big part in this record. There is a sense that time stands on end, through guitar drones, slow and subtle rhythms as well as both indoor and outdoor field recordings. Recovery from the operation forced a gradual approach to this album but thankfully, the extra time at home has allowed Jones to build in a remarkable level of detail throughout. The nuances in each daily routine is captured and set to a range of techniques which stretch far and away beyond flares of sleepy drone. This one should retain your interest from start to finish and sounds just as good with the volume dial set to loud, as it does when turned down.”

credits
Written and produced by Jamie Jones
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 008: Sebastian Paul

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

Our next album is by Sebastian Paul who has also released with labels such as Lagerstätte and Shimmering Moods. This Cleveland, USA based artist joins us with a truly restful album, deliberately mastered at a slightly quieter volume for maximum calmness. Far-flung field recordings and slow drones make for an exotic  listening environment, one which is best enjoyed in headphones.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-008

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

For our eighth contribution to this series, we welcome Cleveland, US based artist Sebastian Paul who has released on labels such as Lagerstätte and Shimmering Moods. The artist is someone who is normally used to staying at home but nevertheless he has been moved by the impact of the pandemic, like many around the world. His contribution to the Home Diaries series is a full album experience, of wide and restful exotic Ambient music.

Each of the ten pieces unfolds slowly and carefully, placing field recordings of the outdoors at its core as calming drones emit into the environment that is created. There is a clear fascination of Japan in Sebastian Paul’s work, with previous work nodding in the direction of the far Eastern country. In this Home Diaries edition, he opens with the track ‘Tokyo’, as one of the most populous cities in the world has its bustling acoustics dampened. Watery, dream-like mirages are woven throughout the album until the final piece ‘Paradise’ closes this sleepy chapter. The album has been deliberately mastered at a slightly quieter level, to reflect the level of calm that the artist intends for the listener and we find this is best enjoyed with headphones late at night.”

credits
Written and produced by Sebastian Paul
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 007: Jazzdefector

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

Next sees the return of Jazzdefector who contributed the album ‘Solo‘ back in 2016 and also, last year’s collaboration ‘Green Echo‘ with Slow Clinic. Sebastian Buccheri, the man behind this project has amassed a huge discography of Ambient guitar performances as he feeds his improvised guitar compositions through various pedals. A Quiet World was created after his first realisation that he was destined to remain indoors, when his trip to China was cancelled. The work is mostly melancholic ambient guitar but occasionally, the drones transcend into a burst of energy.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-007

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

In this edition, Jazzdefector returns with an album called A Quiet World. It follows a collaboration with Slow Clinic for 2019’s Green Echo and 2016’s Solo, which we released as part of our catalog. The artist is UK based Sebastian Buccheri, who was actually due to go to China at the beginning of April for a cultural tour, in which he was looking to deepen his knowledge of Tai Chi. Unfortunately due to world events and the impact on travel, he was forced to stay indoors and has used the time to work on his music.

A Quiet World was produced using a 7 string Ibanez guitar and several pedals, with added field recordings from around the house. The album is presented as a diary, with tracks arranged as days, counting from 1 to 10. It is a reflection of the quiet world around us, as lockdown conditions dampen acoustics across the globe. During the recording process, Sebastian got a terrible cold and his fears of whether he had contracted the virus were reflected into his music, as these calm guitar moods are contrasted by some more intense swells of transcending drones.”

credits
Written and produced by Sebastian Buccheri
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 006: Spheruleus

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking overat this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

Next we welcome our label owner Harry, who records as Spheruleus. He hasn’t released with Whitelabrecs since the year we launched back in 2016 and his Home Diaries submission follows last year’s Light Through Open Blinds on Lost Tribe Sound. Canvas Homes is the working title and it makes use of guitar and ukulele sketches made whilst working from home and then when furloughed from work, whilst his daughter Isla played around the house. In the evenings, Harry expanded these sketches into electro-acoustic compositions, adding field recordings and orchestral textures using a MIDI keyboard.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-006

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

For our sixth release, our label owner Harry Towell returns to the catalog for the first time since 2016’s Obsolarium. Harry records as Spheruleus and has released with labels such as Hibernate, Home Normal and most recently, Lost Tribe Sound with vinyl edition Light Through Open Blinds. This was an album about Harry’s first year or so as a home owner, when he recorded acoustic instruments and set it against various household recordings to preserve the experience.

This new Spheruleus album effectively became the spark to create the Home Diaries series. Harry recorded short guitar or ukulele sketches during the day as his daughter Isla played, before adapting these into tracks at night. Canvas Homes is a sonic diary of the events that unfolded, telling tales of Harry’s experience of lockdown, as he spent the time at home with his family. The work takes on the raw and unplanned nature of the acoustic sketches, adorned with documentary field recordings and orchestral MIDI textures.”

credits
Written and produced by Harry Towell
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 005: Pruski

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

Next we have an artist who was actually going to release a CD with us later this year. Fingers crossed that this can still happen but in the meantime, Pruski has created a longform piece called I Need Space, which is a building drone of modular synth sounds, field recordings and the subtlest of lo-fi undertones.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-005

-PRUSKI ON SPOTIFY-
https://open.spotify.com/artist/25pMn6OremNFW2pRX909Ib

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

Our series continues, as we are joined by Krakow, Poland based artist Pruski who has previously released music through the Four Tapes Records label. We had already planned to release an album from this artist later this year, named ‘Playground’ and when we broke the news of a delay in our schedule, he embraced the Home Diaries theme and put together a beautiful longform drone.

I Need Space helped provide somewhere for Pruski to carve out a place, in which to channel the uncertainty of the situation, with restful modular synth tones underpinned with gentle field recordings. The sound of nature becomes a comforting backdrop for the mind, as the sounds of tired, failing computers are not powerful enough to break this thoroughly tranquil peace setting.”

credits
Written and produced by Paweł Pruski
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 004: Andrew Sherwell

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

For our next release, we welcome back Andrew Sherwell. Some of you may recall his album Orthodox Tales from 2018, which has long-since sold out. He returns with a mini-album of deep and vacant drones, with ghostly tones riding a bed of field recordings.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also studio and artist profile images as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-004

-ARTIST LINK-
https://andrewsherwell.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-004

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series direct from the artist themselves or on Spotify if you prefer.

For our next release, we are pleased that Andrew Sherwell returns to our label with a mini album, after having released Orthodox Tales with us back in 2018. This collection of recordings was composed in an empty Evesham (UK), against a backdrop of struggles. It captures the routine he has established, between balancing his business in this difficult time, his brief time outdoors during quiet walks to and from work and the evenings, which he fills with music to contrast the silence of the day.

This album makes use of small fragments of unused sound from his previous work, as these snapshots of a previous life are woven into the fabric of the present. He wanted to capture the solitude and repetition of the days he spends and made use of domestic field recordings along the way. He wanted to shine a light into the mundane and reveal the hidden beauty of solitude. Whilst the music is deep and textured, it can be all too easy to sink into its vacant, ghost-town environments as the concept of routine wrestles quietly within a situation that is eerily new.”

credits
Written and produced by Andrew Sherwell
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 003: Brusgenerator

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

In our next release, we welcome Berlin composer/musician Felix Gebhard as a separate project named Brusgenerator. Felix has released with our former labels Tessellate and Audio Gourmet, as well as Analogpath and Sleep Lab Library. We’ve always seen his sound as warm and organic, but this one’s brooding and electronic, as guitars and synths are fed through various pedals. The work was originally intended for a theatre production which got cancelled due to the virus outbreak, so Felix spent his time in lockdown working on this material from his 5th floor apartment.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also studio and artist profile images as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-003

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the Covid19 outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We also interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series direct from the artist themselves or on Spotify if you prefer.

For our next edition in this series, we welcome Berlin’s Felix Gebhard who for this album recorded as Brusgenerator. We worked with Felix a few years back with releases on both Tessellate and the Audio Gourmet netlabel and he’s also released with labels such as Analogpath, Sleep Lab Library and Hangover Central Station. Our experience of Felix’s sound has generally been warm, organic guitar and field recordings. For this side project, he has adopted the guise of Brusgenerator and turns in a dense and brooding album of electronic Ambience.

This body of work was originally conceived as a theatre soundtrack, but due to the Covid 19 outbreak, the show was cancelled, meaning it sat incomplete. Felix was keen to work on this from his 5th floor apartment, as not to discard these creations. The extra time to focus on these recordings enabled him to develop these without a deadline and we’re delighted to release this set of 8 recordings, which have retained their story-telling qualities from the originally intended theatre performance. Albeit, these stories have become about home cooking, sights from the balcony and watching movies, all told from the comfort of a 5th floor apartment.”

credits
Written and produced by Felix Gebhard
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell