Home Diaries 029: Darkroom

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 this next Home Diaries release, we welcome UK artists Darkroom, who have been active since the 1990s. Darkroom consists of Andrew Ostler and Michael Bearpark and we have an album due on CD later this year. This Home Diaries was originally two live performances by Andrew, in which Michael was unable to join physically. So he used a cassette with Mike’s previously recorded guitar composition as part of the sessions, so that Mike could still have a presence as a key part of the performance. The resulting two tracks ebb and flow with detail, retaining a live feel yet adopting the quality of presentation you’d expect to come from a studio.

Each Home Diaries 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-029

-ARTIST LINK-
https://darkroomtheband.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-029

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 penultimate Home Diaries edition is the first and only collaboration as part of the series. UK duo Darkroom – Andrew Ostler and Michael Bearpark – have been active since the late 1990s with releases on Burning Shed and more recently via their Bandcamp site. They are renowned for their extended live performances: rarer following Andrew’s move to Scotland; now even more challenging with the pandemic and resulting lockdown.

Seeking and finding positives through the ‘new normal’, Andrew has been performing as part of streaming event series. Mike was present on these occasions from a distance via guitar recordings transferred to cassette: one from their Edinburgh performance towards the end of 2019, and another, inspired by Scotland, that seeded the recording of their full Whitelabrecs album planned for November 2020. The pieces evolve through multiple shades of colour and dynamics, retaining an open live feel; ‘Arrokoth’ and ‘The Uncut Stones of Night’ are very much of their time, yet combine to make a timeless album experience, with a total running time of 40 minutes.”

credits
Arrokoth

Original recording for Fuzz Bat Live Stream – 31st March 2020
Guitar: recorded at The Darkroom, 2nd February 2019

The Uncut Stones Of Night

Original recording for More Kicks Than Friends – 29th April 2020
Guitar: recorded at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, 13th November 2019

Recorded by Andrew Ostler
Edited, mixed, and produced by Darkroom
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong

Andrew Ostler – bass clarinet, modular synth, laptop
Michael Bearpark – guitar, field recordings

Special thanks: Stuart Fraser (Fuzz Bat), Ned Rush (More Kicks), Elif Yalvaç, New Horizons, Roy Fuller. Go well, LB

Home Diaries 027: The Inventors of Aircraft

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 edition, we welcome Phil Tomsett, who also records as The Inventors of Aircraft with releases on labels such as Home NormalHibernateFluid Audio and Time Released Sound. Phil had two albums lined up for release this year which have been delayed. One of these is ‘Velatore’ so when we explained there’d be a delay, Phil decided to create a Home Diaries. Twenty-third of the Third is a fully realised album, which he recorded in lockdown whilst staying with his friend Annie after he was unable to complete a planned house move. This album was created with a restrictive studio but a macro-approach to creativity as he filled his time.

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-027

-ARTIST LINK-
Coming soon…

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 next Home Diaries edition, we welcome Phil Tomsett who has revived his The Inventors of Aircraft moniker for this release. Between his own name and as TIOA, Phil has released with labels such as Time Released Sound, Hibernate, Home Normal and Fluid Audio. Last year he collaborated with Ian Hawgood to produce the album Fragmented Boundaries, released on Ian’s Home Normal label. This year, Phil had two solo albums delayed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Velatore is one of these, which we plan to release later this year.

When we broke the news that Velatore would be delayed, Phil responded by working on an album for our Home Diaries series. He was just about to move house before lockdown commenced and ended up staying with his friend Annie in South London. He’s been able to set up a temporary studio and make full use of the inspiration and resources that this new environment and circumstance provided. He switched from hardware synths to software, took several daily domestic field recordings, Annie is a professional sound recordist, so she provided some recordings of some dawn choruses and another good friend Ian contributed some slide guitar in a couple of the pieces. The production of this record began on Phil’s birthday, the day lockdown here in the UK commenced and this became the title of the album.”

credits
Written and produced by Phil Tomsett
Additional field recordings by Annie Needham
Slide Guitar in tracks 2 and 7 by Ian Bircumshaw
Purring by Haloumi
Mastered by James Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 026: Carter

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 edition, we welcome Bristol, UK’s Carter, who has recently released a digital collaboration with Slow Clinic as A Home For Ghosts, on Rusted Tone Recordings. The artist, Neil Carter has recently had a baby daughter who was 3 months old at the time of the UK lockdown. He has found the circumstances strange, like many of us, but this time has been particularly special for him and his young family. His Home Diaries edition documents this time, as well as a re-acquaintance with his musical equipment which had been in storage. The result is a mini album of three mid-length pieces, featuring evolving, almost child-like music using generative synths, which occasionally swell to crescendos of light noise.

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-026

-ARTIST LINK-
Coming soon…

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 next Home Diaries release, we are joined by Bristol, UK’s Neil Carter who records under his surname, Carter. We’ve worked with him before, with a free 15 minute EP on Audio Gourmet, called The Summer Before The Summer and he has many self-released works made available through his Bandcamp page too. He also works alongside James Armstrong (Slow Clinic) as the A Home For Ghosts project, with their most recent album being released digitally via Rusted Tone a few weeks back.

Neil’s Home Diaries album consists of three mid-length tracks, which were restful spaces for him to reacquaint himself with his musical equipment, which had been in storage for some time. He has recently become a father and at the point of lockdown, his daughter was just 3 months old. This album has become a deeply personal journal, in which he has documented this special time with his young family, during strange circumstances. The moments of each movement evolve, with generative patterns offering child-like looping melodies which occasionally flourish into echoing synth swells.”

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

Home Diaries 025: Sven Laux

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 edition, we welcome back Berlin, Germany’s Sven Laux, who has regularly collaborated with us over the years, including albums ‘Schachmatt‘ and ‘ODD‘. Sven’s Home Diaries entry is themed around separation and is a full album of fine cinematic modern classical music, clocking in at almost an hour.

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-024

-ARTIST LINK-
https://svenlaux.bandcamp.com/album/scattered-fragments-of-separation

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.

Next we welcome back a regular contributor to our catalog, Berlin’s Sven Laux. Sven has released albums ‘Schachmatt’ and ‘ODD’ with us as well as contribute remixes and compilation pieces. Aside from working with us, Sven has also released with labels such as Archives, Dronarivm and more recently Fluid Audio, in a collaborative release with our label owner Harry Towell. He also runs the Seasides On Postcards label.

Sven’s Home Diaries came about suddenly, after his experience of the pandemic saw him living away from home, some 100km from Berlin. He was staying with family for childcare purposes but the weeks away from his art drove him to head back home alone. Over some intense days in his studio, Sven had created ‘Scattered Fragments of Separation‘, a full and immersive album of modern classical compositions. The dreamy but emotive sound of the piano became the focus of his sound, as he wanted to both lose himself whilst also, channel his experiences into a documentary record which preserve this strange time.”

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

Home Diaries 011: Hymns57

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 go back over to Guelph, Canada as we welcome the other half of Aural Tethers and (ph)authersHymns57Steven de Taeye has run the Aural Tethers show for many years and of course, this cassette label in recent times. During the day, he works alongside Joel Cuthbert of the Stillness and The Dancing in a record store and this has been closed during the pandemic. Steven’s Home Diaries features plenty of dusty reel to reel tape textures, as the medium is used to degrade various synth and guitar recordings. The pieces are all entitled Emotioncodes as they captured the emotions felt on the day of recording. For you the listener, they’re intended to provide a welcome blanket of comfort.

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-011

-ARTIST LINK-
https://hymns57.bandcamp.com/album/emotioncodes

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 return to Guelph, Canada for this release as we welcome another man behind the Aural Tethers label, Steven de Taeye who records as Hymns57. Aural Tethers is also a show focusing on the modern Ambient music scene and this essentially evolved into the label, which he runs alongside Fossil Hunting Collective, who contributed Home Diaries 009.

Emotioncodes is a set of 7 tracks, where synth or guitar loops were created, recorded to quarter-inch tape and then played through a 16 track recorder, before being fed back onto reel to reel tape again for some extra dust. This approach, which Steven describes as a magnetised orchestra, carries the theme of him trying to convey a specific emotion from the day of recording. The tracks became Emotioncodes, for you the listener to decode and it is hoped that throughout this dusty record, that you will find comfort.”

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