Out Now! Miguel Otero – Brief Tales

Our June releases are out today and in this edition we have an album by Spanish artist Miguel Otero. ‘Brief Tales’ is a collection of classical guitar and synth tape loops, themed around the UK city of Cambridge, tapping into the artist’s fond memories of his time living in this historic city.

Brief Tales is out now in a run of 100 copies! The best way to keep informed about our low-run releases, is to join our mailing list, and we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear!

press release
“Miguel Otero is a multi-instrumentalist composer, sound designer and music producer based in Spain. His multidisciplinary skills include production, post-production, mixing and mastering of his own creations. Otero’s music is characterized by distorted synthesizers, very slow harmonies and processed sound fields of complex textures that the listener can get lost in.

In Brief Tales, Miguel recalls the time he spent in the historic city of Cambridge, UK and the track titles and artwork act as reference points for the music to tell its stories. Each of the tales take us to a oneiric reality, in which Miguel revives memories from this inspiring place, full of harmony and quietness, which is contrasting to the nature of his present. Whilst literally this record is very much attached to a single city, its stories are of the emotions we treasure in our memory for ourselves, of places that we are no longer part of in the here and now.

The core of this album is built around synthesiser loops, classical guitar fragments and tape recorder texture. It’s a fond and heart-warming encounter, navigating the cherished memories of the artist as you overlay your own thoughts. Brief Tales is presented with both an intro and outro, which allow the classical guitar to take centre stage. These two pieces have all the warmth and charm of a spring stroll through quiet backstreets, as a busker serenades you into, and out of a space of memories.

credits
Written and produced by Anne Chris Bakker
Pre-mastered by Andrew Heath
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Packaging design by Andrew Heath

Out Now! Anne Chris Bakker – A Sketch in Leaving

Our May releases are out today and in this edition we have an album by Netherlands based artist Anne Chris Bakker. This record follows last year’s collaborative album for Whitelabrecs alongside Andrew Heath, ‘How To Breathe Like A Stone’ and through these twelve tracks, we’re pleased to present ‘A Sketch in Leaving‘ which is a range of piano, synth and experimental compositions, themed around the Scandinavian landscape.

A Sketch in Leaving is out now in a run of 100 copies! The best way to keep informed about our low-run releases, is to join our mailing list, and we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear!

press release
“In this edition we welcome back Anne Chris Bakker, a musician and composer from the Netherlands. Some may recall 2021’s collaboration with Andrew Heath, with their album ‘How To Breathe Like A Stone’ and we are pleased to be able to present this solo record, ‘A Sketch in Leaving’.

Anne Chris Bakker’s music makes use of electro acoustic sound sources, to create minimal and experimental ambient music. Releases have been made available through labels such as White Paddy Mountain, Dronarivm and Unknown Tone, as well as a further collaboration with Andrew Heath on Rusted Tone Recordings. There were also recordings as Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra on labels which include Low Point.

Bakker typically starts with small compositions created with guitar and for A Sketch in Leaving, a new approach was forged by using a piano and samples so that a new experimental path could be explored. Inspiration has been drawn from long walks in the Norwegian mountains and this album is in part based upon these experiences. The immense landscape, battered and bruised by the elements represents change and loss, as well as the emergence of freshly formed details. The titles of the album are mainly of places, people and concepts all set to the vast Scandinavian landscape, which is placed as a focal point within the packaging artwork.

credits
Written and produced by Anne Chris Bakker
Pre-mastered by Andrew Heath
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Packaging design by Andrew Heath

New series: eRecords

Whitelabrecs was set-up in 2016, originally releasing hand made CDrs that looked just like mini white label vinyl, complete with accompanying Polaroid art and title stamped in coloured ink. In 2018 we switched to printed gatefold vinyl effect CDrs and since the beginning, we’ve occasionally released digital work too.

We’re aware that the listening habits of future generations will change, with their needs increasingly likely to search for something immediate, streamable to Bluetooth speakers, space saving, and not impacting the environment. We still love our CDs, we still love vinyl, but we do love digital too and this format will always have a place in our catalog. The problem however has been that we love designing concepts, coming up with creative packaging ideas and sourcing high quality artwork. We’ve felt that digital has its drawbacks in terms of design and conveying that special feeling you get when you hold a physical edition.

Slowly, we have been working on a new series of digital editions to supplement our CDs. This will be a new space for artists to experiment, collaborate, record anonymously, promote themselves, not to mention an increased chance of featuring in our catalog. We receive so many quality demos that would be a good fit for the label, but making CDs is expensive and we have to agonise over every penny spent on making them, such is the landscape of selling physical music nowadays. This is an opportunity for us to work with more talented people, share more music, and for us to experiment more too.

Our new series takes an image of a vinyl sleeve and blank labelled disc, with a rubber-stamped logo and frame, and typewritten artist and title. For each release, colours and artists will change, but the dusty old sleeve design ideas remain the same. You’ll only hear one track on the release’s Bandcamp page and the rest are hidden. Everything is contained within the download which includes a range of high quality audio file format options and a PDF scrapbook which features liner notes, a Polaroid image of the cover art (reminiscent of our early releases), tracklist, credits, additional images and links from the artist. The duration of the music will not exceed the maximum length of a normal vinyl album and we hope that our digital releases are the closest they can be to capturing that magical feeling of holding a physical album, in a digital form.

Our first edition of the new eRecords series is from Whitelabrecs’ very own Harry Towell, under his Spheruleus project which has been active since 2008. The EP will be out on the 26th of February and fittingly, is entitled ‘Inaugurate’ as the series commences.

For eRecords, we will not create the 5 minute Soundcloud previews of all the tracks. Instead, we will share one full track or an excerpt from the record to give you a hint of what the full release sounds like.
Click on the player above, where you can take a listen to ‘a blank horizon’ from the very first eRecord in this new series.