Home Diaries 010: Chris Dooks

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 now at 10 releases in our Home Diaries series today, as we welcome Edinburgh, Scotland’s Chris Dooks. Chris has released with labels such as HibernateEilean and Idioholism and has even worked with Machinefabriek in a collaboration! Drones for The Borders is a five track mini-album of dynamic synthsfield recordings and short wave radio. It includes music/video drone footage of the landscape near to the border, not far from where he lives. This record deals with this landscape, the drone footage and themes of failing communication too.

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-010

-ARTIST LINK-
https://chrisdooks.bandcamp.com/album/drones-for-the-borders

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 tenth release, we’re joined by Edinburgh, UK based artist Chris Dooks who as well as being active in the photographic field, has releases on Hibernate, Eilean Rec, Idioholism and Komino. The latter was a collaboration with the prolific Machinefabriek for an album titled The Eskdalemuir Harmonium which was pressed to red vinyl back in 2012.

Chris and his family have remained indoors more frequently than others during lockdown, to shield themselves from risk. Drones for The Borders is a five track mini album of synth, field recordings and short wave radio. The work is full of dynamic character and wide ranging moods lending themselves to the landscape of the borders, which Chris captures during recorded drone flights. Themes of communication failure also bleed into the grand, wide-open spaces of this record, as the fuzz of short-wave radio hums. A short video for Soutra Aisle has been included as a bonus item as part of this Home Diaries release.”

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

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