Coming soon…Ben McElroy | Bird-stone

We’re back from holiday and without wasting any further time, we’re exited to present our tenth release, in the form of Ben McElroy’s ‘Bird-stone‘ which sees us veer down a rural folk route, perfect for the summer. The spine of this five track record fuses painstakingly arranged strings including cello, viola and violin with additional sounds of guitar, voice and not to mention some subtly-captured home improvements courtesy of Ben’s next door neighbour. Ben has also performed as part of more traditional folk bands but his work for us sees this woven into slightly more ‘Ambient’ territory, appealing to fans of Plinth, Richard Skelton and Padang Food Tigers. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we share it.

Whitelabrecs low-run releases will be made available suddenly without official release dates, meaning they’re likely to sell out fast. The best way to keep informed is to join our mailing list which can be located through our website menu.

press release
“Ben McElroy is a musician originally from The Wirral, near Liverpool (UK) who moved to Nottingham to do a music course around a decade ago and has lived there ever since. Ben’s sound is typically based around acoustic instruments such as guitar, strings and voice with a little additional computer based processing and his work is influenced by artists as diverse as Nick Drake, Gavin Bryars and Neu! as well as literary figures such as Virginia Woolf, David Mitchell and Philip K. Dick.

Ben’s previous material to date has seen various EPs released either under his own name or other moniker The Four Fishermen, one of which emerged on Dirty Demos back in 2008. He has also performed in various bands including folk-influenced Apples For Faces and Mucus Mules, electronica trio Howling Buddha and 8 piece pirate band Seas of Mirth. He also works writing and performing with theatre company Handmade Theatre.

For Whitelabrecs, Ben has produced ‘Bird-Stone’ which features pieces that are based mostly around his long and improvised recordings of cello, viola and violin set into a five track album that tells a story. The story isn’t clearly defined, however a warm and muted essence of traditional folk music portrays something that is rustic, of the outdoors and reminiscent of the British countryside. At times, voice and guitar join the strings with the recordings also capturing a neighbours home improvement projects which is fitting, given the title: ‘Bird-stone’ sets about drawing the lines between structures, inanimate objects and man-made buildings with nature, animals and mankind. It is pleasant and enveloping but a sadness can be detected, as Ben’s love for the natural world turns to fear of what humans are doing to the planet, nature and our future generations.”

Out now! WLR003 Guy Gelem – Entirety

Our third highly limited edition album is available today, in a run of just 50 copies! ‘Entirety‘ by Israeli artist Guy Gelem is an album of brooding cello, guitar and atmospherics. The album went up for sale to our mailing list last weekend with most copies gone already. There are just a few available still and these remaining copies can be grabbed by clicking HERE or the player above. Once it’s all sold out, you’ll still be able to purchase a digital version – to avoid missing out in the future, why not join our mailing list?

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press release
“Guy Gelem is a well travelled cellist and experimental artist from Israel with previous work made available through labels such as Quiet Design, Time Released Sound, Rural Colours and Mini50.
Guy’s sound is underpinned by the unique sound of his cello which is accompanied by recordings of other instruments such as guitars and an old Casio keyboard and typically his approach to composition is to layer the recordings, adding subtle passages of drone and textured field recordings.
His distinctive sound is striking so it’s no wonder that his musical influences are wide; these range from Radiohead, John Cage and Thelonius Monk, onto North African and traditional Jewish composers as well as taking in influences from nature, film and philosophy.

In ‘Entirety’ we are proud to present Guy Gelem’s first body of work since 2014, mastered by Tim Diagram (Maps & Diagrams, Hessien). The record is a brooding listen from start to finish as the cello takes centre stage, weaving through hints of the oriental and Arabic music that Guy has been reunited with over the last couple of years. Followers of his work will find enough familiarity within the record to recognise his extraordinary style, although the added eastern charm gives a whole new dimension. It is this sound that provides the main theme within ‘Entirety’ as Guy strives to reflect his roots having returned to his homeland after living overseas.
Another key element to this record are the track titles, which subtly reference themes from Jewish philosophy and belief.

‘Entirety’ will be the third release on Whitelabrecs and will be made available in a highly limited run of 50 handmade white label vinyl effect CDrs. Each copy is burnt, hand-stamped and shipped directly from the label along with a polaroid print of the cover artwork inside a circular vinyl style sleeve.

credits
Catalog number: WLR003
Written and produced by Guy Gelem
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photography by Milan Očenáš

Coming soon…Guy Gelem | Entirety

As hinted on our Facebook page recently, we’ve another highly limited released lined up. This time, it’s in the form of ‘Entirety‘ by Israel based cellist/artist Guy Gelem. Entirety will be available to order within the next week or so and will appeal to fans of the modern classical and eastern sub genres of Ambient music. You can listen to a preview of the album using the Soundcloud player below or keep an eye on our Facebook page to see a preview of the packaging.

Whitelabrecs low-run releases will be made available suddenly without official release dates, meaning they’re likely to sell out fast. The best way to keep informed is to join our mailing list which can be located through our website menu.

press release
“Guy Gelem is a well travelled cellist and experimental artist from Israel with previous work made available through labels such as Quiet Design, Time Released Sound, Rural Colours and Mini50.
Guy’s sound is underpinned by the unique sound of his cello which is accompanied by recordings of other instruments such as guitars and an old Casio keyboard and typically his approach to composition is to layer the recordings, adding subtle passages of drone and textured field recordings.
His distinctive sound is striking so it’s no wonder that his musical influences are wide; these range from Radiohead, John Cage and Thelonius Monk, onto North African and traditional Jewish composers as well as taking in influences from nature, film and philosophy.

In ‘Entirety’ we are proud to present Guy Gelem’s first body of work since 2014, mastered by Tim Diagram (Maps & Diagrams, Hessien). The record is a brooding listen from start to finish as the cello takes centre stage, weaving through hints of the oriental and Arabic music that Guy has been reunited with over the last couple of years. Followers of his work will find enough familiarity within the record to recognise his extraordinary style, although the added eastern charm gives a whole new dimension. It is this sound that provides the main theme within ‘Entirety’ as Guy strives to reflect his roots having returned to his homeland after living overseas.
Another key element to this record are the track titles, which subtly reference themes from Jewish philosophy and belief.

‘Entirety’ will be the third release on Whitelabrecs and will be made available in a highly limited run of 50 handmade white label vinyl effect CDrs. Each copy is burnt, hand-stamped and shipped directly from the label along with a polaroid print of the cover artwork inside a circular vinyl style sleeve.