Out Now! Various Artists – The Home Diaries

We’re delighted to get back to making CDs again after our break over December. It was good to have some down time and to do some planning too but it’s wonderful to be back, with our exciting schedule for 2021.
We’d like to thank all of those who supported us over this period, getting involved with our winter sale. Our stock cupboard is looking lighter and at last there is some space in the drawer for this year’s release schedule!

First up is the double-album Home Diaries compilation, which includes a track from each of the 30 Home Diaries releases from last year. For those unfamiliar, Home Diaries was an invitation to artists to write a record about their situation in lockdown. It was a digital only series, put together to keep our label going after we had to stop releasing CDs.

We know that many prefer a physical edition and so we wanted to create something so that those who do are able to experience this series in some way. So we decided to go all out on the packaging for this one. There is a standard double gatefold edition as well as an ultra deluxe edition, in which the double gatefold CD is contained within a gold foil-printed matchbox, which also includes a booklet which contains a photo of each artist’s home.

There were only around 65 copies of the ultra deluxe to sell after artist allocations, and these have sold out already having been snapped up quickly by our subscribers. However, at the time of writing we have around 50 copies of the standard double album edition, which we feel is still quite a spectacle in itself. It’s complete with the cover artwork, which is an oil painting by Adrian Lane who re-imagined the original series cover.

Our 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 or you can click HERE

press release
“It’s fair to say that the events of the year 2020 will go down as quite a year and may form a large part of the history curriculum for the children of tomorrow. The pandemic is of course just part of the story, against a backdrop of political unrest, climate change and injustice too.

Whitelabrecs was affected with the closure of our local post office, meaning we were unable to ship our CDs. We also felt we had a duty not to hold up a queue of people and decided to stop production of our catalog. During that time, to make sure we still had a label left to return to, we launched the ambitious Home Diaries series. It ran for 3 months and in that relatively short space of time, the series reached 30 releases!

Home Diaries was an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrayed their own reflections uniquely, available as a digital only edition including a bonus interview and photos.
Each of the 30 digital editions in the Home Diaries series is an individual work of art, created to share the varying experiences felt by each artist.

This compilation album pulls together a track from each record, sequenced in a way that flows as a specially curated environment, over the course of two CDs. We have two versions available as follows:

A standard edition, which is a double-disc gatefold vinyl-effect CDr album, featuring a re-interpretation of the original cover artwork, painted by Adrian Lane.

A deluxe matchbox edition, in which the double-disc gatefold vinyl-effect CDr is housed inside a gold foil-etched box, which also contains a booklet which includes a photo from each artist’s home during lockdown. This version serves as a time capsule into the original series; a keepsake which is limited to just 70 copies.

If you opt for the digital version, this also includes the photo booklet as a bonus PDF item.

credits
Released January 23, 2021

Painting and artwork by Adrian Lane
Booklet images provided by each respective artist
Packaging layout by Harry Towell
Compilation curated by Harry Towell

All tracks mastered by James Edward Armstrong, except:
12 ‘Out In The Open’ Mastered by John Hannon
17 ‘Distance Learning’ Mastered by Michael Southard
29 -‘Stanze e Distanze (part 2)’ Mastered by Francis M. Gri

Home Diaries 002: Edu Comelles

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 sees the return of Edu Comelles, who released a CD album with us in February called Línia Pedra Paisatge Solc. Mirar Lluny is a single longform arrangement of modern classical tones, including unused recordings from past collaborators Isabel Latorre (piano) and Sara Galán (cello). The piece is meditative and restful, but evolves throughout its duration which Edu says is the exact time it takes to walk his dog!

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:

FROM WHITELABRECS:
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-002

DIRECT FROM THE ARTIST:
https://educomelles.bandcamp.com/album/mirar-lluny-home-diaries-002

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 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.

Next we welcome the return of Edu Comelles, who contributed the album Línia Pedra Paisatge Solc back in February this year. Edu is the founder of the Audiotalaia netlabel and has released music through labels such as Fluid Audio, Archives and Crónica. During the years of his work, he has collaborated with musicians such as Isabelle Latorre (piano) and Sara Galán (cello). It is during this time of ‘lockdown’, where his native Spain is being particularly hit hard, that he finds himself revisiting recordings made with these musicians.

He has had a busy 2020, with the arrival of his twin sons, his release with us and this extra time at home has given rise to Mirar Lluny, meaning to look far away in Catalan. The work was the small moments of time he had spare from caring for his newborn children and he looked to create a meditative sort of modern classical piece, which is surely his most musical yet.”

credits
Originally conceived in Valencia, Spring 2019. Finally composed, mixed and arranged by Edu Comelles between March 13th and April 5th 2020.

Written and produced by Edu Comelles
Grand Piano: Isabel Latorre
Cello: Sara Galán
Recordings: Edu Comelles
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork 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

Coming soon…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.

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 or you can click HERE

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