Coming soon…Ed Cooke – Little Fire

For our 45th limited edition release, which of course is a CDr presented to mimic a ’45’ vinyl record, we welcome aboard Ed Cooke. Ed has released previously with the likes of  Rural Colours, Audio Gourmet and Vent. ‘Little Fire‘ is a warm and exotic blend of guitar and percussion songs, a perfect reflection back over the summer months for those of us with seasons! For Ed, the record is a personal account of his family and work life between Thailand and Malaysia. For the rest of us, this not only serves as a window into this but also, as a sun-bleached transmission of far eastern climes. This one might appeal to those who enjoy Danny Paul Grody, Pullman or Padang Food Tigers.

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
Ed Cooke is a Londoner currently living in Malaysia and Thailand, who has previous releases on Rural Colours, Vent Sounds and Audio Gourmet. Ed began home recording in the late 1990s, not long after days of performing in a few bands. Ed’s approach begins with experiments with different guitar tunings and a search for a hook or melody which usually contains more sonic elements in the mix. He doesn’t leave things there, once the backbone of a song is created as a lot happens in the production stage, with careful editing of fades and subtly woven Asian textures inspired by his current lifestyle.

We’re informed that Ed has a widespread selection of influences but he cites Bert Jansch, Scott Tuma, Padang Food Tigers and Six Organs of Admittance as primary drivers to his own experiments with guitar and electro acoustic music. ‘Little Fire’ was designed to be meditative and distant and the varying tunings and harmonics help the sound wash over you as you listen. The album is centered around melodic arpeggio hooks on both acoustic and electric guitar, alongside layers of slide guitar and feedback, not to mention Asian Folk rhythms and texture. Wind and percussion sounds were made using local bamboo instruments. The sound structures blend cultures, as the album draws from colourful Eastern and Western Folk sounds and places these against a warmth reminiscent of 70s Dub production.
Little Fire contains autobiographical moments recorded during the first 7 years of Ed’s eldest son’s life. These songs are Ed’s tribute to him and the inspiration he and the rest of the family give him. The track ‘Waiting For Water’ was named because it was recorded when his family’s home was nearly flooded during the Bangkok floods of 2011. His wife also sings vocals on the track ‘Worth’. Some pieces were recorded during a time when Ed had to live away from his family for career reasons. ‘Closer To The Equator’ was made in Southern Malaysia where he felt a long way from his home in Thailand. It is also a tribute to his much missed Thai father-in-law, who sadly passed away during post-production.

Whilst to us the listener the sounds could not possibly map out all of Ed’s journeys and experiences, the tone and presentation of the recordings give an exotic, well-travelled account, which is full of warmth to fuel our own imagination.

credits
Written and produced by Ed Cooke
Mastered by James Armstrong
Photography by Ed Cooke
Artwork by Harry Towell

Out Now! Slow Heart Music – This Body Is Not Me

Next up on Whitelabrecs, we welcome Ben Rath under his Slow Heart Music moniker. Ben has released with labels such as Sound In Silence and Cathedral Transmissions and we’re pleased to present a debut under this new project, which sees an emphasis on his guitar in which limited electronic interference is applied. If you bought our releases by Finglebone or Ben McElroy then you’ll likely enjoy this, with a raw folk charm being a perfect way to end the summer. Also recommended if you like Francesco Morittu, Pullman or John Fahey. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.

This went to out to our mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, we’ve got copies still available – to find out more or grab a copy, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/this-body-is-not-me

press release
“Slow Heart Music is the acoustic side project of ambient music artist Ben Rath. Based in Manchester, UK, Ben has released music under his own name via labels such as Sound In Silence, Cathedral Transmissions, and Unkown Tone Records. As Slow Heart Music, Ben has released a short EP on Cape Town netlabel MoonSwing at the beginning of 2016 entitled ‘A Place To Forget’. ‘This Body Is Not Me’ is Ben’s full-legth debut as Slow Heart Music.

The ambient music Ben has released under his own name typically involves a lot of digital manipulation and arrangement of sound samples on a computer, and Slow Heart Music was conceived as a way to create music in a more spontaneous and live way, with minimal electronic interference and using a basic, lo-fi set-up.
The tracks on ‘This Body Is Not Me’ were recorded on a small classical guitar Ben purchased for £5 from a bring-and-buy sale in the basement of a cafe. Ben would improvise on this guitar in a relatively free and unstructured way until a theme or melody organically developed. He’d then press record on a digital audio recorder and create a spontaneous composition out of that theme. Most of the tracks that make up ‘This Body Is Not Me’ are first take recordings, with minimal post-editing. There are some subtle ambient elements in some sections where it seemed appropriate to add an extra dimension to the track.
Whilst the album does not have a clear, cohesive concept, the title and track names make loose reference to Ben’s interest in spirituality, which also informed the emphasis on flow, spontaneity, and improvisation in the writing and recording process. The sweet and delicate tones of Ben’s guitar playing provide a warm and pleasant soundtrack to the end of Summer and the fade into Autumn, capturing an abundance of warmth and sunshine with each note of this beautifully light set of recordings.”

Catalog number WLR027
Written and produced by Ben Rath
Mastered by Tim Diagram

Coming soon…Slow Heart Music – This Body Is Not Me

Next up on Whitelabrecs, we welcome Ben Rath under his Slow Heart Music moniker. Ben has released with labels such as Sound In Silence and Cathedral Transmissions and we’re pleased to present a debut under this new project, which sees an emphasis on his guitar in which limited electronic interference is applied. If you bought our releases by Finglebone or Ben McElroy then you’ll likely enjoy this, with a raw folk charm being a perfect way to end the summer. Also recommended if you like Francesco Morittu, Pullman or John Fahey. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages 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
“Slow Heart Music is the acoustic side project of ambient music artist Ben Rath. Based in Manchester, UK, Ben has released music under his own name via labels such as Sound In Silence, Cathedral Transmissions, and Unkown Tone Records. As Slow Heart Music, Ben has released a short EP on Cape Town netlabel MoonSwing at the beginning of 2016 entitled ‘A Place To Forget’. ‘This Body Is Not Me’ is Ben’s full-legth debut as Slow Heart Music.

The ambient music Ben has released under his own name typically involves a lot of digital manipulation and arrangement of sound samples on a computer, and Slow Heart Music was conceived as a way to create music in a more spontaneous and live way, with minimal electronic interference and using a basic, lo-fi set-up.
The tracks on ‘This Body Is Not Me’ were recorded on a small classical guitar Ben purchased for £5 from a bring-and-buy sale in the basement of a cafe. Ben would improvise on this guitar in a relatively free and unstructured way until a theme or melody organically developed. He’d then press record on a digital audio recorder and create a spontaneous composition out of that theme. Most of the tracks that make up ‘This Body Is Not Me’ are first take recordings, with minimal post-editing. There are some subtle ambient elements in some sections where it seemed appropriate to add an extra dimension to the track.
Whilst the album does not have a clear, cohesive concept, the title and track names make loose reference to Ben’s interest in spirituality, which also informed the emphasis on flow, spontaneity, and improvisation in the writing and recording process. The sweet and delicate tones of Ben’s guitar playing provide a warm and pleasant soundtrack to the end of Summer and the fade into Autumn, capturing an abundance of warmth and sunshine with each note of this beautifully light set of recordings.”

Catalog number WLR027
Written and produced by Ben Rath
Mastered by Tim Diagram

Out Now! WLR016 Finglebone – Sunlit Plumes Of Dust

We recently shared a preview of ‘Sunlit Plumes of Dust‘, which will be our final release of what has been a busy 2016. This record is produced by Adam Varney under his Finglebone alias and is a detailed blend of Folk and Electronica, with finger-picked guitar joining drones and hushed voices; an album themed around memory. The album should appeal to those who like Alexander TuckerBenoit Pioulard or Matt Christensen. It’s available now on Whitelabrecs in a very low run of just 50 CDrs.

At time of writing there are a few copies of this album left – to find out more or to secure your copy, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/sunlit-plumes-of-dust

press release
“Finglebone is the artist name for Adam Varney from Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. He has previously released music on labels including Best Kept Secret Tapes, Rural Colours and Cold Spring and also performs live from time to time, sharing stages with artists such as Loscil, Alasdair Roberts, Expo 70 and Barn Owl.

Adam has been recording as Finglebone since he was fifteen and strives to straddle the lines between folk/post-rock and electronic music. Adam has spent years building his own library of sounds and recordings and he regularly recycles this material, always looking to process it into something new. The songs in ‘Sunlit Plumes of Dust’ are all interrelated; call-backs to previous releases. They build upon melodies and phrases to create new spaces/compositions, like the muddled memories of a nostalgic old man, sat on a bench looking out to sea.

This is the sound track to those memories, good and bad; the emotions they conjure and the acceptance of it all, as his final moments play out sat beneath the setting sun.
Loosely based on Adam’s experience caring for his Grandfather during his final weeks, he witnessed how dementia would render him silent, lost in his own mind, but then release him back into reality. From the glassy-eyed expression to a smile as he regained his clarity of mind and memories.

This record combines electronica and folk inflected finger picked guitar to create an introspective world inhabited by the ghosts of memories, the looming spectre of death and the passing of time. Sunlit Plumes of Dust is presented as a journey through the central themes; melancholy, reverie and the feeling of alienation. This state of mind reflected in the pace and mood of the album as a whole.

credits
Catalog number: WLR016
Written and produced by Adam Varney
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Adam Varney

Coming soon…Finglebone | Sunlit Plumes of Dust

As we’re set to sign out for the year, there’s time for one last release… Next we welcome British Folk/Electronic artist Finglebone to Whitelabrecs, with ‘Sunlit Plumes of Dust‘. This album is recommended if you like the work of Alexander Tucker, Benoit Pioulard or Matt Christensen. 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
“Finglebone is the artist name for Adam Varney from Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. He has previously released music on labels including Best Kept Secret Tapes, Rural Colours and Cold Spring and also performs live from time to time, sharing stages with artists such as Loscil, Alasdair Roberts, Expo 70 and Barn Owl.

Adam has been recording as Finglebone since he was fifteen and strives to straddle the lines between folk/post-rock and electronic music. Adam has spent years building his own library of sounds and recordings and he regularly recycles this material, always looking to process it into something new. The songs in ‘Sunlit Plumes of Dust’ are all interrelated; call-backs to previous releases. They build upon melodies and phrases to create new spaces/compositions, like the muddled memories of a nostalgic old man, sat on a bench looking out to sea.

This is the sound track to those memories, good and bad; the emotions they conjure and the acceptance of it all, as his final moments play out sat beneath the setting sun.
Loosely based on Adam’s experience caring for his Grandfather during his final weeks, he witnessed how dementia would render him silent, lost in his own mind, but then release him back into reality. From the glassy-eyed expression to a smile as he regained his clarity of mind and memories.

This record combines electronica and folk inflected finger picked guitar to create an introspective world inhabited by the ghosts of memories, the looming spectre of death and the passing of time. Sunlit Plumes of Dust is presented as a journey through the central themes; melancholy, reverie and the feeling of alienation. This state of mind reflected in the pace and mood of the album as a whole.”

Written and produced by Adam Varney
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Adam Varney

Out now! WLR010 Ben McElroy – Bird-stone

We’re back from holiday and without wasting any further time, we’re excited 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. The album is available now on Whitelabrecs in a very low run of just 50 CDrs.

The album went out to our mailing list subscribers last weekend and we have a few remaining copies left at the time of writing. To find out more or secure your copy, you can click the link below or on the player above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

Take a look through this email to find out more or click the link below, or image above.

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/bird-stone

 

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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.”



credits
Catalog number: WLR010
Written and produced by Ben McElroy
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photography by Bethany Towell
Artwork by Harry Towell

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! WLR001 The Restless Fields

After a couple of months getting everything together, we’re finally able to announce our very first release! The self-titled The Restless Fields album went out to our mailing list last weekend and most copies have been snapped up – there are still a few available however and these last few can be grabbed by clicking HERE or the player above. Once it’s all sold out, you can purchase a digital version – to avoid missing out in the future, why not join our mailing list?

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press release
The Restless Fields is a collaborative project between Philipp Bückleand David Folkmann Drost. Although their eponymous debut album is centered mostly around live performance, the pair are spread out geographically; Philipp is from Dortmund, Germany whilst Dane David is currently residing in Malmö, Sweden. The Restless Fields project may be new to many, but some of you may be familiar with their solo work as these artists have built separate discographies listing labels such asEglantine Records, Morr Music, Tarkovsky Green and Dendron Records via their respective pseudonyms Teamforest and Moongazing Hare. Not to mention collaborative works with the likes of Monolyth & Cobalt andNils Quak.

The project began when there was a schedule problem for a ‘Beth Kleist‘ booking (Philipp’s  work alongside Nils Quak) at a festival in a church in Dortmund. Cue a speculative invite to a more than willing David Folkmann Drost, The Restless Fields were born as the pair took stage. They have also since performed at the Fanø Free Folk Festival, where they were lucky to appear alongside other headline acts includingSvarte Greiner.

In the self-titled album The Restless Fields, we have a four piece record which is near enough a completely live set. Both artists approached the recording in a different way as Philipp’s deliberate attention to detail combines with David’s more impressionistic approach. Philipp’s sonic arsenal included a Jazzmaster guitar, some Strymon pedals, a Moogerfooger and an OP-1 as well as field recordings he’d captured in Paris. David’s consisted of a bowed dulcimer, bells, some melodica, voice and various pedals. There was no pre-conceived idea of a concept or particular direction, other than sinking into a shared space.

The Restless Fields is the inaugral release on The White Lab and is 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: WLR001
Written and produced by Philipp Bückle and David Folkmann Drost
Artwork by David Folkmann Drost

Coming soon… The Restless Fields

Cover with border

Since launching the label site we’ve had a great response and have started to get some interest from artists, musicians and fans. We’re now pleased to be able to share with you a preview of our first ever release, which is a self-titled debut album from The Restless Fields.

Whitelabrecs releases will be made available suddenly without official release dates and the best way to keep informed is to join our mailing list – more news on this will be available soon once we have set it up. Just ahead of the release day we’ll post up pictures of the packaging so stay tuned to avoid missing out.

press release
The Restless Fields is a collaborative project between Philipp Bückle and David Folkmann Drost. Although their eponymous debut album is centered mostly around live performance, the pair are spread out geographically; Philipp is from Dortmund, Germany whilst Dane David is currently residing in Malmö, Sweden. The Restless Fields project may be new to many, but some of you may be familiar with their solo work as these artists have built separate discographies listing labels such as Eglantine Records, Morr Music, Tarkovsky Green and Dendron Records via their respective pseudonyms Teamforest and Moongazing Hare. Not to mention collaborative works with the likes of Monolyth & Cobalt and Nils Quak.

The project began when there was a schedule problem for a ‘Beth Kleist‘ booking (Philipp’s  work alongside Nils Quak) at a festival in a church in Dortmund. Cue a speculative invite to a more than willing David Folkmann Drost, The Restless Fields were born as the pair took stage. They have also since performed at the Fanø Free Folk Festival, where they were lucky to appear alongside other headline acts including Svarte Greiner.

In the self-titled album The Restless Fields, we have a four piece record which is near enough a completely live set. Both artists approached the recording in a different way as Philipp’s deliberate attention to detail combines with David’s more impressionistic approach. Philipp’s sonic arsenal included a Jazzmaster guitar, some Strymon pedals, a Moogerfooger and an OP-1 as well as field recordings he’d captured in Paris. David’s consisted of a bowed dulcimer, bells, some melodica, voice and various pedals. There was no pre-conceived idea of a concept or particular direction, other than sinking into a shared space.

The Restless Fields is the inaugral release on The White Lab and is 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.”