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 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

Home Diaries 001: Mi Cosa de Resistance

Two days after we released our most recent album ‘Disconnect‘ by S.hel, we were hit with the news from our local post office that they were closing until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak with fears for staff and customer safety alike. We had already announced that we planned a short break from releasing CDs anyway, as we do not wish to make regular visits to the post office to put people at risks.

So now, we have to diversify a little in these times to help keep our bills paid until the point where we can hopefully release some of the wonderful albums we had lined up!

So we had the idea to launch ‘Home Diaries‘, 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 outbreak of the virus. 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 first album is from Buenos Aires, Argentina based artist Fernando Perales, under his Mi Cosa de Resistance alias. His record is a fuzzy haze of melancholic drones, carved out on the morning of Sunday 29th of March from 8am. All of the pieces were created on that day, 12 days into the lockdown conditions imposed by the Argentinian government. Usually recording multiple tracks in a day can feel like a pressure to achieve something, with distractions often preventing success. But currently, time stands on end and this transcendence finds its way into these restful, labyrinthine 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:

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-001

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.

For our inaugural album in this collection, we begin in Buenos Aires, Argentina as we welcome Fernando Perales who records as Mi Cosa de Resistance. Fernando was a member of Argentinian experimental band Reynols during the 1990s but in recent years, he has released with labels such as Aural Tethers, Elm Records and Left Tapes.
His sound is achieved through sampling, reel to reel recording and other experimental techniques.

The Mi Cosa de Resistance Home Diary is a fuzzy haze of melancholic drones, carved out on the morning of Sunday 29th of March from 8am. All of the pieces were created on that day, 12 days into the lockdown conditions imposed by the Argentinian government. Usually recording multiple tracks in a day can feel like a pressure to achieve something, with distractions often preventing success. But currently, time stands on end and this transcendence finds its way into these restful, labyrinthine recordings.”

credits
Recorded in Le Silence Studios, Buenos Aires
Written and produced by Fernando Perales
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell