Out Now! S.hel – Disconnect

For our next release then, we have something truly striking in the form of this debut album by Reykjavik’s S.hel. It will be released on Piano Day, combines piano and strings compositions with electronics and cinematic effects. To my ears, it sits somewhere between the quieter moments of Aphex Twin’s Drukqs, and then the work of composers such as Hauschka, Nils Frahm and perhaps even the artist’s mentor Mikael Lind, who mixed the album. For us, the artwork absolutely sets this album off in a truly unique way, thanks to the work of Sarah Maria Yasdani, helped by Rakel Ýr Stefánsdóttir. It really embodies the concept of this album which is disconnection and questions of origin. We have a feeling it may very well strike a chord with people right now, even though the concept for this album was born long before Covid 19 was a thing and is not actually related! Our message to the world right now is to think of the people all around you and care for one another. Get connected, even if it has to be at a distance. The album was released on Piano Day, Saturday the 28th of March

Disconnect was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab one of these 100 CDs. We do have some available however, please note, there will be a delay in shipping following the closure of our post office due to Covid 19. We aim to ship every order as soon as we can but please bear this in mind if you decide to order. You can also stream the album in full on Bandcamp as well as Spotify and of course, you can grab a digital version if you prefer, by clicking the player above or link below. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE: 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 or you can click HERE

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


press release

“There’s a well-known German saying ‘Ich bin Weltbürger: überall zu Hause, überall fremd’ which roughly translates to ‘I’m a world citizen: I am everywhere at home and everywhere a stranger’. S.hel believes this is a phrase which describes him well; London his birthplace, being partly raised in Germany and residing in Iceland.

Disconnect is a debut album by an emerging artist, arriving at a time of uncertainty and disarray, where terms such as self-isolation and social distancing are on everyone’s lips. However, this record’s theme is not born out of the adversity that coined these phrases. Instead, when creating these works the artist was informed by his thoughts around identity and how we perceive it as a whole. Do places of origin matter? He moved around a lot as a child and at times, felt he had no roots which left him feeling very disconnected at times. Some years on and settling in Iceland, he now realises the valuable lessons and skills the experience has brought.

Disconnect follows the self-released EP ‘Lucid’ in 2018 and the primary instrument is the piano. Aptly, we will be releasing this album for piano day as this unique record draws in wide influences including mentor Mikael Lind who mixed the album, S.hel’s piano teachers Sunna Gunnlaugs and Kjartan Valdemarsson as well as compatriots Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Guðnadóttir. Contemporary composers play their part too in the stimulus, such as Nils Frahm, Arvo Pärt and Max Richter. Disconnect flits between intimate and organic piano compositions and granulated or randomised electronic effects, interspersed with swathes of strings and synthesizer. Creaks and pensive moments navigate perceived silence and suspense, whilst the mood switches effortlessly to the grandeur of modern classical orchestration in equal measure.

This striking album package is complete with the wonderful concept artwork of Sarah Maria Yasdani and Rakel Ýr Stefánsdóttir who have also produced and directed accompanying music videos. The concept works hand in hand with the music and the themes of disconnection S.hel portrays and reflects on the loneliness resulting from being part of a society that has lost itself in daily routine. Currently the routine may be all we crave, but maybe amongst all this we can all find some way to connect again.”

credits
Written and produced by S.hel
Mixed by Mikael Lind
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Art concept and photography by Sarah Maria Yasdani and Rakel Ýr Stefánsdóttir

Coming soon…S.hel – Disconnect

The world is faced with a huge wave of adversity right now and the uncertainty will continue over the coming months and dare I say, beyond. Uncertainty isn’t anything new of course but I guess many of us get used to the status quo and find our normal. What do these times mean for Whitelabrecs? Well, the truth is – we don’t know in the short term. We’re pretty sure however, that the long term will be fine.
So with the rest of this year’s releases, we’ll be guided by you our listeners and followers and see what happens! For some regions, expect postal delays but for now here in the UK, my trusty postman assures me he still wants my business. So for now until I’m forced to stop, I’ll keep selling CDs and visiting him once or twice a week 🙂

Onto our next release then, we have something truly striking in the form of this debut album by Reykjavik’s S.hel. It will be released on Piano Day, combines piano and strings compositions with electronics and cinematic effects. To my ears, it sits somewhere between the quieter moments of Aphex Twin’s Drukqs, and then the work of composers such as Hauschka, Nils Frahm and perhaps even the artist’s mentor Mikael Lind, who mixed the album. For us, the artwork absolutely sets this album off in a truly unique way, thanks to the work of Sarah Maria Yasdani, helped by Rakel Ýr Stefánsdóttir. It really embodies the concept of this album which is disconnection and questions of origin. We have a feeling it may very well strike a chord with people right now, even though the concept for this album was born long before Covid 19 was a thing and is not actually related! Our message to the world right now is to think of the people all around you and care for one another. Get connected, even if it has to be at a distance.

The album will be released officially on Piano Day, Saturday the 28th of March but if you join our mailing list using the link below, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear.

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 or you can click HERE

press release
“There’s a well-known German saying ‘Ich bin Weltbürger: überall zu Hause, überall fremd’ which roughly translates to ‘I’m a world citizen: I am everywhere at home and everywhere a stranger’. S.hel believes this is a phrase which describes him well; London his birthplace, being partly raised in Germany and residing in Iceland.

Disconnect is a debut album by an emerging artist, arriving at a time of uncertainty and disarray, where terms such as self-isolation and social distancing are on everyone’s lips. However, this record’s theme is not born out of the adversity that coined these phrases. Instead, when creating these works the artist was informed by his thoughts around identity and how we perceive it as a whole. Do places of origin matter? He moved around a lot as a child and at times, felt he had no roots which left him feeling very disconnected at times. Some years on and settling in Iceland, he now realises the valuable lessons and skills the experience has brought.

Disconnect follows the self-released EP ‘Lucid’ in 2018 and the primary instrument is the piano. Aptly, we will be releasing this album for piano day as this unique record draws in wide influences including mentor Mikael Lind who mixed the album, S.hel’s piano teachers Sunna Gunnlaugs and Kjartan Valdemarsson as well as compatriots Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Guðnadóttir. Contemporary composers play their part too in the stimulus, such as Nils Frahm, Arvo Pärt and Max Richter. Disconnect flits between intimate and organic piano compositions and granulated or randomised electronic effects, interspersed with swathes of strings and synthesizer. Creaks and pensive moments navigate perceived silence and suspense, whilst the mood switches effortlessly to the grandeur of modern classical orchestration in equal measure.

This striking album package is complete with the wonderful concept artwork of Sarah Maria Yasdani and Rakel Ýr Stefánsdóttir who have also produced and directed accompanying music videos. The concept works hand in hand with the music and the themes of disconnection S.hel portrays and reflects on the loneliness resulting from being part of a society that has lost itself in daily routine. Currently the routine may be all we crave, but maybe amongst all this we can all find some way to connect again.”

credits
Written and produced by S.hel
Mixed by Mikael Lind
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Art concept and photography by Sarah Maria Yasdani and Rakel Ýr Stefánsdóttir

Out Now! Sven Laux – ODD

Our next highly limited edition gatefold vinyl-effect CD sees Berlin, Germany based artist Sven Laux return, who released the now out of print Schachmatt with us in 2018. ODD is an emotional and personal album for Sven, following the birth of his daughter and a move to a new house with a new studio. It’s the first album he created in his new environment and it is a beautiful Modern Classical album, featuring the monochrome photography of Peter Nejedly. As usual for 2019, this will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies. Based on how quickly Schachmatt sold out, it’s recommended to grab a copy quick as these won’t hang around! We’ll release this officially on or around the 8th of June 2019. Those who follow artists such as Max Richter, Ben Frost or Glåsbird should enjoy this!

ODD is available now after having been released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy. These have been going well but we still have a few left and you can buy one of these or grab a digital copy by clicking the link or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

http://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/odd

press release
“We’re pleased to welcome back Berlin based artist Sven Laux, responsible for the now out of print Schachmatt which we released in 2018. Sven has been no stranger to the Ambient and Modern Classical scenes since then, with a release on Archives, a collaboration with Daniela Orvin as well as working on his new label Seasides On Postcards.

ODD is the first album Sven has created in his new studio, after moving into a new place following the birth of his daughter. Whilst working on the album, he always had in mind that there are calm parts in life followed by faster parts. He depicts the peaks and troughs of our existence through soft swathes of orchestral ambience interspersed by moments of rhythmic strings and electronic pulses.
Sven draws inspiration from the film soundtrack greats and constantly strives to build a bridge between classical music and Ambient; in ODD he created an entirely digital album but worked hard to program the right timbres to achieve a realistic orchestral sound.

There is a settled feeling to ODD thanks to long passages of repetitive strings and this forms the backdrop of the album as a broadly melancholic listen, laced with emotion from Sven’s own experiences. These are intended to draw the listener into the stories and absorb them. An overwhelming new dawn of possibilities becomes the theme for Sven with his new home, studio and indeed the new life of his baby daughter beginning this chapter.
What does ODD stand for? One Dramatic Day? Opening Doors? Is it a phrase in German? Does it mean anything? It will remain undefined. For us, these seven untitled pieces serve as a cinematic milieu, with the monochrome packaging presented as close-up film reels covered in dust.

credits
Written and produced by Sven Laux
Mastered by Tobias Lorsbach
Artwork by Peter Nejedly
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Out Now! Glåsbird – Grønland

Our discography for 2019 continues and for the second time in as many releases, we have increased the run count to 100 copies and opted for a special printed gatefold LP style packaging! Last December we privileged to present the debut Glåsbird release, a 2 track digital EP named Drift Stations. We’re very excited to present this anonymous artist’s debut album Grønland which is a cinematic suite of Modern Classical music with dramatic strings, frosty piano and hints of electric guitar. It releases on February 9th 2019 in a run of 100 copies. The album is a sonic expedition around Greenland and fittingly, the sound design feels icy cold, reminiscent of work by artists such as A Winged Victory For The Sullen, The Frozen Vaults and Sven Laux. This one features artwork by photographer Lennart Pagel, who travels the world and shares his images via Instagram.

Grønland is available now after having been released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy. These have been going well after some reviews, particularly on Stationary Travels but we still have a few left and you can buy one of these or grab a digital copy by clicking the link or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/gr-nland

press release
“Glåsbird returns following the debut EP ‘Drift Stations’ which was a digital only release on Whitelabrecs just prior to Christmas last year. The eagerly awaited full-length debut album is something that this currently anonymous artist has carefully shaped over a lengthy period of time and it is entitled Grønland. Those looking to the themes of the North Pole and travel through the treacherous Arctic Circle which were contained within Drift Stations, will see a pattern of travel or rather, migration developing. Next stop – Greenland, the world’s largest island as well as one of the most uninhabited landmasses on the planet, which is thanks to stark temperatures and the permanent ice sheet which occupies most of this land.

Glåsbird imagined that they were assigned the task of scoring the soundtrack to a film about Greenland and spent a great deal of time researching the subject. Hours of documentaries, drone helicopter footage, NASA and satellite images, Instagram traveller accounts, 360° photos, web articles and maps were surveyed, to the point where this artist felt sufficiently immersed in this sub-zero but beautiful land. One such traveller/photographer who has physically witnessed the splendour of Greenland is Lennart Pagel, who kindly provided the cover image; the shot not only captures the essence of this country with its iced mountains, freezing lake and primary-coloured cabin but also there is a bold starkness which lends itself to this soundtrack.

Two releases in and whilst we’re no clearer as to who is behind this project, it is clear that Glåsbird is becoming synonymous with storytelling and specifically travel or migration, if you prefer.
The music itself adopts a Modern Classical approach with icy piano shards shimmering alongside glacial violin and cello drones as well as the occasional hint of grounding electric guitar. We’re told that the artist even recorded some sections of sounds to cassette before placing the tape in the freezer to give an added chill factor.

We’ve decided that such an impactful concept would suit a special ‘gatefold LP’ style packaging that we’ve run a couple of times as well as an increased run of 100 copies. Where will the Glåsbird land next?”

credits
Written and produced by
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Lennart Pagel (instagram.com/Lennart)

Coming soon…Glåsbird – Grønland

Our discography for 2019 continues and for the second time in as many releases, we have increased the run count to 100 copies and opted for a special printed gatefold LP style packaging! Last December we privileged to present the debut Glåsbird release, a 2 track digital EP named Drift Stations. We’re very excited to present this anonymous artist’s debut album Grønland which is a cinematic suite of Modern Classical music with dramatic strings, frosty piano and hints of electric guitar. It releases on February 9th 2019 in a run of 100 copies. The album is a sonic expedition around Greenland and fittingly, the sound design feels icy cold, reminiscent of work by artists such as A Winged Victory For The Sullen, The Frozen Vaults and Sven Laux. This one features artwork by photographer Lennart Pagel, who travels the world and shares his images via Instagram.

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 or you can click HERE

press release
“Glåsbird returns following the debut EP ‘Drift Stations’ which was a digital only release on Whitelabrecs just prior to Christmas last year. The eagerly awaited full-length debut album is something that this currently anonymous artist has carefully shaped over a lengthy period of time and it is entitled Grønland. Those looking to the themes of the North Pole and travel through the treacherous Arctic Circle which were contained within Drift Stations, will see a pattern of travel or rather, migration developing. Next stop – Greenland, the world’s largest island as well as one of the most uninhabited landmasses on the planet, which is thanks to stark temperatures and the permanent ice sheet which occupies most of this land.

Glåsbird imagined that they were assigned the task of scoring the soundtrack to a film about Greenland and spent a great deal of time researching the subject. Hours of documentaries, drone helicopter footage, NASA and satellite images, Instagram traveller accounts, 360° photos, web articles and maps were surveyed, to the point where this artist felt sufficiently immersed in this sub-zero but beautiful land. One such traveller/photographer who has physically witnessed the splendour of Greenland is Lennart Pagel, who kindly provided the cover image; the shot not only captures the essence of this country with its iced mountains, freezing lake and primary-coloured cabin but also there is a bold starkness which lends itself to this soundtrack.

Two releases in and whilst we’re no clearer as to who is behind this project, it is clear that Glåsbird is becoming synonymous with storytelling and specifically travel or migration, if you prefer.
The music itself adopts a Modern Classical approach with icy piano shards shimmering alongside glacial violin and cello drones as well as the occasional hint of grounding electric guitar. We’re told that the artist even recorded some sections of sounds to cassette before placing the tape in the freezer to give an added chill factor.

We’ve decided that such an impactful concept would suit a special ‘gatefold LP’ style packaging that we’ve run a couple of times as well as an increased run of 100 copies. Where will the Glåsbird land next?”

credits
Written and produced by
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Lennart Pagel (instagram.com/Lennart)

Out Now! Glåsbird – Drift Stations EP

We recently announced our final release of the year and a winter sale, ready to put our feet up and relax for the rest of the year.
We’ve decided to scrap that and release an EP we’d lined up for next year a little early, so that we can introduce a project that we’re particularly excited about – Glåsbird.
Drift Stations is a 2 track EP of Modern Classical soundtrack music, recommended if you enjoy Hammock, Stars of the Lid or The Frozen Vaults and this digital only release tracks the beginning of the journey as the artists heads from the North Pole, towards the chosen theme of the debut album – Greenland.

press release
Glåsbird is an anonymous project by an established artist within the Ambient/Modern Classical scene. To date this artist name has not produced any work that has been published and we’re proud to present both the first ever Glåsbird release as well as the debut album, due out early next year.

The Glåsbird sound is undefined and we’re told that it will be used to demonstrate working to themes, ideas and soundtracks. The artist studies their chosen topic intently before crafting electro-acoustic recordings into evocative cinematic soundscapes. The debut album Grønland is a sonic expedition to Greenland, tracking the enormous frozen ice cap, the colourful scandi huts and its lack of human inhabitants.
The preceding Drift Stations EP features two tracks which tell the story of embarking on this imaginary journey to Greenland, as it begins in the North Pole before traversing the frozen Arctic Circle sea towards the monolithic landmass.

In a brief section of recording space, the artist has stitched together a shrill and lonely coldness using violin, cello, sparse piano notes and other digitally effected acoustic instruments. Drift Stations is then set off with a magnificent photograph, taken on Greenland by photographer and tour guide Lasse Kyed.

credits
Written and produced by Glåsbird
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Lasse Kyed (https://www.instagram.com/greenland_explorer)