Out Now! vau – ways of stillness

For our penultimate release of 2018, we welcome Portuguese artist vau with his debut album ways of stillness. For his first solo album, Nuno Craveiro spent four years since 2014, building the intricate finer detai to this electro acoustic masterpiece. The record is designed to be a resting space for its listeners and should appeal to fans of  Ghost and Tape, Hummingbird or Ben Rath might enjoy.

This album was announced to our mailing list last weekend and there are but a few copies left at the time of writing. You can listen to the album in full by hitting play above or clicking the link below, where you can purchase a physical or digital version. To avoid missing out on our future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/ways-of-stillness

press release
vau is a Portuguese artist named Nuno Craveiro and Ways Of Stillness is his debut release after having started recording the album in 2014. Nuno is also one of the lead members of the duo Névoa, in which he has performed in festivals alongside bands such as Swans, Mono, Kayo Dot and Anna Von Hausswolff.

Under his solo project, Nuno usually makes music at home, beginning by either playing an instrument or sampling his own recordings that consist of field recordings and past experiments. Once a song begins to develop, he may then record specific instruments on purpose if required, either at home or at a friend’s studio for example.
‘Ways of Stillness’ took four years to complete in its entirety and so lots of experiences and memories are etched into it: places, moments and relationships. All of its sounds have stories attached to them and they are very much a reflection of Nuno’s own thoughts as an individual and musician. He considers the album to be the most personal record he could have wished to create but to us, these stories can only be experienced through the medium of sound, as these six pieces imbue a sense of stillness.

The main ideas behind the concept to this body of music, was to create something which could perfectly fill the listener’s surroundings. Using field recordings, some virtual synthesizers, nyckelharpa, piano, ukulele, sounds sampled from saxophone, Portuguese guitar, Korg Volca Keys and other instruments, Nuno was interested in making sound almost as comfortable as silence. Looking to create a kind of slower time frame, introspection and self-awareness becomes effortless. These conditions may not always be achievable when you first hit play, but it is hoped that Ways of Stillness can unfold its tiny and unobtrusive detail to leave you the listener feeling weightless as it progresses. Vau is the Portuguese word for ‘ford’, so he wanted this debut to be a shallow place amidst the water. A harbour in a way, safe and peaceful.

credits
Written and produced by Nuno Craveiro
Mastered by Luís Neto
Photograph by Leonor Freitas

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Coming soon…vau – ways of stillness

For our penultimate release of 2018, we welcome Portuguese artist vau with his debut album ways of stillness. For his first solo album, Nuno Craveiro spent four years since 2014, building the intricate finer detai to this electro acoustic masterpiece. The record is designed to be a resting space for its listeners and should appeal to fans of  Ghost and Tape, Hummingbird or Ben Rath might enjoy.

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
vau is a Portuguese artist named Nuno Craveiro and Ways Of Stillness is his debut release after having started recording the album in 2014. Nuno is also one of the lead members of the duo Névoa, in which he has performed in festivals alongside bands such as Swans, Mono, Kayo Dot and Anna Von Hausswolff.

Under his solo project, Nuno usually makes music at home, beginning by either playing an instrument or sampling his own recordings that consist of field recordings and past experiments. Once a song begins to develop, he may then record specific instruments on purpose if required, either at home or at a friend’s studio for example.
‘Ways of Stillness’ took four years to complete in its entirety and so lots of experiences and memories are etched into it: places, moments and relationships. All of its sounds have stories attached to them and they are very much a reflection of Nuno’s own thoughts as an individual and musician. He considers the album to be the most personal record he could have wished to create but to us, these stories can only be experienced through the medium of sound, as these six pieces imbue a sense of stillness.

The main ideas behind the concept to this body of music, was to create something which could perfectly fill the listener’s surroundings. Using field recordings, some virtual synthesizers, nyckelharpa, piano, ukulele, sounds sampled from saxophone, Portuguese guitar, Korg Volca Keys and other instruments, Nuno was interested in making sound almost as comfortable as silence. Looking to create a kind of slower time frame, introspection and self-awareness becomes effortless. These conditions may not always be achievable when you first hit play, but it is hoped that Ways of Stillness can unfold its tiny and unobtrusive detail to leave you the listener feeling weightless as it progresses. Vau is the Portuguese word for ‘ford’, so he wanted this debut to be a shallow place amidst the water. A harbour in a way, safe and peaceful.

credits
Written and produced by Nuno Craveiro
Mastered by Luís Neto
Photograph by Leonor Freitas

Out Now! Daliah – Holy Mountain

This morning we’re proud to have released our 40th record, which means the second of our 20 disc box set series will be due out imminently.
For those who are collecting the originals, please read on…

Next up, our roster of artists hops back to USA as we welcome Nashville, Tennessee artist John Clubb, who records as Daliah. John’s output to date consists of a tape release on Chilean label No Problema and he also has self-released material available on his Bandcamp page. ‘Holy Mountain‘ is a curious blend of Ambient drones and electronic sampling techniques, as piano and synth are blended with glitching, light noise and hiss. It also sees the return of our regular collaborator Federica Jeanne de Luca, who has now contributed artwork to three of our releases. This one might be enjoyed by fans of Clark, Tsone or Aphex Twin’s Ambient Works.

You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or grab one of the remaining copies or a digital version by clicking the bandcamp player or link below.

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

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/holy-mountain

press release
Daliah is a Nashville, TN based Californian named John Clubb whose output to date has consisted of a tape on Chilean label NO PROBLEMA as well as self releases work. He has been mixing and recording for around a decade and his current approach is based around simple melodies, recorded on the fly with a portable midi controller and laptop. He then goes through a layering process which enables him to escape from reality as he gets lost within the loops.

John has a wide-ranging set of influences to his sound, however he cites Japanese musician Hitoshi Yoshimura’s Music For 9 Postcards as a particular inspiration behind his album for Whitelabrecs.

This formed a starting point for ‘Holy Mountain’ as John was transfixed by how Yoshimura conveyed his memory of several moments of time into sound.

Holy Mountain is a set of recordings which serve as sombre drones and/or sleepy lullabies. The curious approach to production blends live instrument recordings with an electronic sampling approach and includes tiny fragments of detail such as field recordings and the subtle sound of breathing.

Breathing leads onto how John sees his creation process and for him, writing, playing and recording Ambient music is his form of meditation.
Holy Mountain is a sonic journal which documents John’s journey through good and bad, over a two year period. He keeps the exact content of this journal close to his chest and we the listeners are left with a suite of beautiful sound in which we can only dream of how his accompanying postcard memories might appear. As you too get lost inside the loops of John’s journey, you can gaze at the accompanying artwork by Federica Jeanne de Luca, which helps set an abstract scene.

credits
Written and produced by John Clubb
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Federica Jeanne de Luca

Coming soon…Philippe Lamy | Inner Stretch

Recently we shared a preview of our next release which is by French sound artist Philippe Lamy. With a subtly glitch and noise drenched record called, ‘Inner Stretch‘ is out today. Philippe has released on labels such as Dronarivm, Mystery Sea and Audio Gourmet and he has collaborated with artists such as Pleq and Darius Ciuta. His sound is unique but it will likely appeal to anyone who enjoys Entia Non, Janek Schaefer or Eliane Radigue. The stunning artwork was provided by Federica Jeanne De Luca. 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.

We released the album to our mailing-list subscribers last weekend and many copies have sold already. At time of writing there are some 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/inner-stretch

press release
“Philippe Lamy is a Toulouse, France based sound artist and painter originally from Casablanca, Morocco. He began recording in 2005 and has since had material release through labels such as Dronarivm, Wist Records and Taalem as well as netlabel work through the likes of Audio Gourmet and Nowacki. He has also collaborated with artists such as Pleq, Darius Ciuta and Philippe Neau.

Philippe’s approach to sound is unmistakable: he uses a wealth of different sound textures and techniques to build layers of environmental sound. Field recordings, software instruments and voices are processed, layered, processed and then layered again to create a collage not dissimilar to the approach he takes with painting. Philippe views sound recordings as materials and sets about building and transforming them into new objects of living matter.

The resulting sound environment you’ll hear in ‘Inner Stretch’ is clearly minimal, yet beneath the strong, deep and curious sounds lies a great complexity through many ‘coats’. The tracks do not hang suspended as a particular sound is stretched and repeated. Instead, Philippe has created something with great variety and unpredictability, decorated with many strokes of sonic material. One moment you may only be able to detect a few pops and rumbles of bass frequencies but before long, a deep drone will creep into view, if only for a brief period of time. Philippe approaches his work with sound just as he would with paint: rules and random, strength and lightness, layers and layers, light and silence, destruction and creation, always trying, again and again.”

Written and produced by Philippe Lamy
Artwork by Federica Jeanne De Luca (http://infofedericadeluca.tumblr.com)
Mastered by Tim Diagram

Coming soon…Philippe Lamy | Inner Stretch

There’s no let up this year – we’ve another released lined up which will be out this month. Next we welcome French sound artist Philippe Lamy to our catalog with a subtly glitch and noise drenched record called ‘Inner Stretch‘, full of minimal detail. Philippe has released on labels such as Dronarivm, Mystery Sea and Audio Gourmet and he has collaborated with artists such as Pleq and Darius Ciuta. His sound is unique but it will likely appeal to anyone who enjoys Entia Non, Janek Schaefer or Eliane Radigue. The stunning artwork was provided by Federica Jeanne De Luca. 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
“Philippe Lamy is a Toulouse, France based sound artist and painter originally from Casablanca, Morocco. He began recording in 2005 and has since had material release through labels such as Dronarivm, Wist Records and Taalem as well as netlabel work through the likes of Audio Gourmet and Nowacki. He has also collaborated with artists such as Pleq, Darius Ciuta and Philippe Neau.

Philippe’s approach to sound is unmistakable: he uses a wealth of different sound textures and techniques to build layers of environmental sound. Field recordings, software instruments and voices are processed, layered, processed and then layered again to create a collage not dissimilar to the approach he takes with painting. Philippe views sound recordings as materials and sets about building and transforming them into new objects of living matter.

The resulting sound environment you’ll hear in ‘Inner Stretch’ is clearly minimal, yet beneath the strong, deep and curious sounds lies a great complexity through many ‘coats’. The tracks do not hang suspended as a particular sound is stretched and repeated. Instead, Philippe has created something with great variety and unpredictability, decorated with many strokes of sonic material. One moment you may only be able to detect a few pops and rumbles of bass frequencies but before long, a deep drone will creep into view, if only for a brief period of time. Philippe approaches his work with sound just as he would with paint: rules and random, strength and lightness, layers and layers, light and silence, destruction and creation, always trying, again and again.”

Written and produced by Philippe Lamy
Artwork by Federica Jeanne De Luca (http://infofedericadeluca.tumblr.com)
Mastered by Tim Diagram

Out now! WLR011 Spheruleus – Obsolarium

Next up on the Whitelabrecs catalog, we have an album by our label owner Harry Towell under his Spheruleus guise. This record sees our catalog return toAmbient territory but Harry is renowned for creating an Ambient sound that is put together using mainly acoustic sources. ‘Obsolarium‘ is an album inspired by an abandoned Bass Maltings brewery complex with Harry providing photography from the grounds of the Grade II listed building.

Harry’s work is influenced by a variety of genres as his music taste draws in Ambient, Folk, Downtempo Electronica, Jazz, Modern Classical and Deep House to name but a few. Particular artist influences include The Gentleman Losers, Richard Skelton and Offthesky. ‘Obsolarium’ is available now on Whitelabrecsin a very low run of just 50 CDrs.

The album went out to our mailing list subscribers last weekend and most copies have sold – there are just a few left however at time of writing. To find out more or 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

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

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/obsolarium

 

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Press release
“Spheruleus is Lincolnshire, UK based sound artist Harry Towell who has previously released work through labels such as Eilean, Home Normal, Hibernate and Under The Spire. Harry has been active as Spheruleus since 2009 with his discography starting on netlabels before progressing to limited edition physical records. Over the years Harry’s musical projects have included blogging, DJing and more recently, running record labels. He is responsible for netlabel Audio Gourmet, occasional physical label Tessellate Recordings and House/Techno label Warehouse Decay.

Harry has been making music one way or another for over 15 years, with early work being more in the Deep House field when he also used to DJ. In his DJing days, Harry’s chosen format was always vinyl which is where the inspiration for his new label for 2016 came from; Whitelabrecs specialises in highly limited edition runs of vinyl-effect CDrs, inspired by some of the white label bootlegs he purchased during the early 2000s. So far we’ve amassed a discography of ten albums varying in style and next, Harry presents an album as Spheruleus entitled ‘Obsolarium’. The record is inspired by the abandoned Bass Maltings complex which is located in Sleaford, Lincolnshire and was formerly used to brew beer up until the late 1950s. The buildings have been pretty much abandoned ever since and due to their impressive stature and Grade II listed status, they have remained an ever present fixture of the landscape surrounding Sleaford, as development or demolition continues to stall.

Harry was simply fascinated by this towering set of buildings and also, its abandoned state of decay which has been a feature in his work for many years. It is not possible to legally enter the premises, so Harry took a series of photos and field recordings standing at the gates and Obsolarium was born. Harry set about weaving decaying sounds of acoustic instruments, samples, drone loops and various lo-fi VST effects. Instruments and sounds used include an out of tune piano at his local village pub, (recorded after everyone had left), a detuned piano at a friend’s house, a violin, classical guitar, voice, harmonica, zither, a warped music box, a cello iPad app and vinyl samples.

Obsolarium tells a story starting with the commercial success of a powerful brewery, the rail links used to distribute the produce before descending into a melancholy reflection of what once was, accompanied all the while with a crumbling disintegration. Whilst everything unravels and fragments, the series of structures remain.”



credits
Catalog number: WLR011
Written and produced by Harry Towell
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photography by Harry Towell

Coming soon…Spheruleus | Obsolarium

Full steam ahead as usual and next on the Whitelabrecs discography we welcome Spheruleus to the catalog. Some of our followers/fans will know that the man behind the label is Harry Towell who also records Ambient music as Spheruleus and we’re sure they’ll have anticipated a highly limited Whitelabrecs release from Harry at some point. ‘Obsolarium‘ moves us back to Ambient territory with the label but with the acoustic sound sources typical of the Spheruleus sound taking centre stage. Harry’s work here sees piano, classical guitar, violin, voice zither and harmonica recordings woven into a crumbling ten track tapestry inspired by an abandoned brewery complex near to his home town. 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
“Spheruleus is Lincolnshire, UK based sound artist Harry Towell who has previously released work through labels such as Eilean, Home Normal, Hibernate and Under The Spire. Harry has been active as Spheruleus since 2009 with his discography starting on netlabels before progressing to limited edition physical records. Over the years Harry’s musical projects have included blogging, DJing and more recently, running record labels. He is responsible for netlabel Audio Gourmet, occasional physical label Tessellate Recordings and House/Techno label Warehouse Decay.

Harry has been making music one way or another for over 15 years, with early work being more in the Deep House field when he also used to DJ. In his DJing days, Harry’s chosen format was always vinyl which is where the inspiration for his new label for 2016 came from; Whitelabrecs specialises in highly limited edition runs of vinyl-effect CDrs, inspired by some of the white label bootlegs he purchased during the early 2000s. So far we’ve amassed a discography of ten albums varying in style and next, Harry presents an album as Spheruleus entitled ‘Obsolarium’. The record is inspired by the abandoned Bass Maltings complex which is located in Sleaford, Lincolnshire and was formerly used to brew beer up until the late 1950s. The buildings have been pretty much abandoned ever since and due to their impressive stature and Grade II listed status, they have remained an ever present fixture of the landscape surrounding Sleaford, as development or demolition continues to stall.

Harry was simply fascinated by this towering set of buildings and also, its abandoned state of decay which has been a feature in his work for many years. It is not possible to legally enter the premises, so Harry took a series of photos and field recordings standing at the gates and Obsolarium was born. Harry set about weaving decaying sounds of acoustic instruments, samples, drone loops and various lo-fi VST effects. Instruments and sounds used include an out of tune piano at his local village pub, recorded after everyone had left, a detuned piano at a friend’s house, a violin, classical guitar, voice, harmonica, zither, a warped music box, a cello iPad app and vinyl samples.

Obsolarium tells a story starting with the commercial success of a powerful brewery, the rail links used to distribute the produce before descending into a melancholy reflection of what once was accompanied all the while with a crumbling disintegration. Whilst everything unravels and fragments, the series of structures remain.