Sven Laux

ARTIST: Sven Laux
LOCATION: Berlin, Germany
FILE UNDER: Modern Classical, Ambient, Neo Classical
RELEASES: WLR038, WLR057

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Coming soon…Paper Relics – The Road Home

Next on Whitelabrecs, we’re set to increase the run count to 100 copies for the second time in our history, as we welcome brothers Harry and Stuart Towell to our catalog, as Paper Relics. Their last release emerged some 7 years ago on Time Released Sound, a set of lo-fi rustic folk/blues recordings. This time round, they’ve spent more time honing their craft, along with help from Sven Laux in a record that charts their personal progress since their debut album.

This one draws in many sub-genres from Post Rock, Shoegaze and Ambient to Neo Classical, Blues and some Folk and it may perhaps appeal to those who enjoy Mute Forest, Gentleman Losers or The Frozen Vaults. It will be made available in the Whitelabrecs store in two different versions – our classic white label vinyl-effect style CDrs as well as a deluxe printed version which imitates a gatefold vinyl LP.

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
“Paper Relics are brothers Harry and Stuart Towell who reside 16.1 miles apart. Their debut album was released back in the summer of 2011 on American imprint Time Released Sound, entitled ‘Over Exposure’. This was a record steeped in the past as they used lo-fi blues and folk guitar Ambience to reflect over childhood memories spent on a farm on which their grandparents live. The farm was set to become a housing development so the memories became all the more cherished through the recordings and accompanying artwork.

Now nearly 7 years on, the brothers’ follow-up record ‘The Road Home’ traces the journey from that very point of reflecting on childhood memories as young adults circa 2010/11, to now. The title might read to some as a return home, a struggle back to a family abode however, this record deals with the trials, triumphs and time in between, having both set out to forge their own paths to become homeowners with their respective wives. When they began recording, the brothers lived in the same home with their parents, each with a new relationship and a stuttering career. Yet whilst The Road Home tells the story of the last 7 years reflecting on what is now already history – it is an album firmly about the present as they enjoy the foundation for their futures, clinging onto what they’ve worked hard to achieve. The lyrics in ‘Timeframing’ are about freezing these moments and the dozens of clocks you can hear ticking at the beginning can also be heard in ‘Tinted by Time’ on Over Exposure. Harry revisited the same antique shop where these were originally captured to see if they were still there and was able to re-record them once more. This recording plays briefly as the track opens to focus your thoughts on time once more.

Opening track ‘Stoke’s Hall’ was something Stuart penned and recorded the night before Harry’s wedding and the title reflects the name of the venue. Likewise, Wyke’s Retreat harks back to Stuart’s wedding from the summer of 2017. Over Exposure was creaking with rustic charm, whereas The Road Home sees a more structured approach to production. There is more variety, as some pieces drone gloriously in an elegant daze, others are more alive as the subtle power of Stuart’s guitar takes centre stage. Then this time around Harry has provided vocals in ‘Timeframing’ and ‘Frost’ as well as building a couple of tracks that use drumloops and percussion, recalling some of his downtempo work as Spheruleus. To give one final twist to the presentation, Harry and Stuart enlisted the assistance of Berlin artist Sven Laux, who provided additional orchestration and sound mixing.

Paper Relics albums are never likely to be released on a regular basis due to the busy lifestyles the brothers lead, so we felt our usual run of 50 copies wouldn’t be enough to do this album justice. So The Road Home is available in two runs of 50 copies; our familiar ‘white label vinyl-effect CDr’ as well as a special printed CDr edition that looks just like a mini gatefold LP.”

credits
Paper Relics are Harry and Stuart Towell
Tracks were written, produced and recorded by Harry and Stuart Towell with additional sound mixing and orchestration by Sven Laux

Stuart Towell: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, eBow, Bass
Harry Towell: Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Violin, Harmonica, Zither, Electronics, Sampling, Field Recordings, Tapeloop

Artwork by Harry Towell

Out now! WLR009 Frank Baker – Silence Of The North

Soon we’ll have a short break for a couple of weeks when I’ll be off on holiday to Sorrento, Italy to recharge the batteries. There’s just enough time for one more release before then and next up is Stuttgart, Germany based artist Frank Baker with ‘The Silence Of The North’. This is a cinematic record centred around icey cold piano compositions captured over a three-hour late night recording session. 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 just a few 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/silence-of-the-north

 

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Press release
“Frank Baker is a composer/producer from Stuttgart, Germany who has mainly released music through his own label Frank Baker Music. He began recording guitar back in 1999 with cassette tape experiments and began recording under his own name around 4 years ago with his debut ‘Noctilucent’ being released in winter 2013. He also records Ambient/Drone material as Noonsize and Post-Rock as Hawks From The Ocean Abyss.
In Silence Of The North, we have a generous twelve track offering centred around recordings from a 1970s Yamaha grand piano as an imaginary soundtrack inspired by the Northern Hemisphere. Frank spent around 3 hours one evening, sat at the piano as he improvised into the dead of the night. The material has been whittled down to a dozen short pieces, and a familiar thread returns throughout the record which tells a story much like a movie. With the piano at the heart of everything, the sound is naturally cinematic and references colder climes with Frank having been inspired by visits to Canada and Scandinavia. Frank’s main idea was to record an album that characterises silence and whilst the lonely old piano would evoke that alone, his added sound design featuring prepared-sounding piano strings, cavernous noise and found sounds programmed into Logic delve further into the ideas of loneliness, isolation and silence.

With its clear film soundtrack aesthetic, it would be all too easy to reference classical music – Frank points out that he is not a piano player but instead, he used the piano notes to paint his picture in what has more to do with Ambient music than classical. As humans tend to search for warmth and reside nearer to the equator, Silence Of The North embraces a stark coldness that is often ever presence within the lesser populated Northern Hemisphere. Recommended if you like Hauschka, Nils Frahm or Dakota Suite.”

credits
Catalog number: WLR009
Written, produced and mastered by Frank Baker
Artwork by Frank Baker

Coming soon…Frank Baker | Silence Of The North

No time to wait, we’ve another release to put out before we’re off on holiday. ‘Silence Of The North‘ is the creation of Stuttgart, Germany based artist Frank Baker, which sees the careful assembly of 3 hour’s worth of late night piano recordings. This album condenses the recordings into around 45 minutes of cinematic neo-classical pieces which are joined by carefully crafted soundscaping. With its wintry charm, Silence Of The North will appeal to fans of Hauschka, Nils Frahm or Dakota Suite. 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
“Frank Baker is a composer/producer from Stuttgart, Germany who has mainly released music through his own label Frank Baker Music. He began recording guitar back in 1999 with cassette tape experiments and began recording under his own name around 4 years ago with his debut ‘Noctilucent’ being released in winter 2013. He also records Ambient/Drone material as Noonsize and Post-Rock as Hawks From The Ocean Abyss.

In Silence Of The North, we have a generous twelve track offering centred around recordings from a 1970s Yamaha grand piano as an imaginary soundtrack inspired by the Northern Hemisphere. Frank spent around 3 hours one evening, sat at the piano as he improvised into the dead of the night. The material has been whittled down to a dozen short pieces, and a familiar thread returns throughout the record which tells a story much like a movie. With the piano at the heart of everything, the sound is naturally cinematic and references colder climes with Frank having been inspired by visits to Canada and Scandinavia. Frank’s main idea was to record an album that characterises silence and whilst the lonely old piano would evoke that alone, his added sound design featuring prepared-sounding piano strings, cavernous noise and found sounds programmed into Logic delve further into the ideas of loneliness, isolation and silence.

With its clear film soundtrack aesthetic, it would be all too easy to reference classical music – Frank points out that he is not a piano player but instead, he used the piano notes to paint his picture in what has more to do with Ambient music than classical. As humans tend to search for warmth and reside nearer to the equator, Silence Of The North embraces a stark coldness that is often ever presence within the lesser populated Northern Hemisphere. Recommended if you like Hauschka, Nils Frahm or Dakota Suite.”

Out now! WLR006 Andrew Lang – Burnt Shades

We’re not just looking to work with established artists but we’d also like to be known for releasing débuts. The next of these is the very first album by Australian pianist/composer Andrew Lang entitled Burnt Shades. This is a record full of piano notes, varying in pace and timbre – recorded in a small music room which is adjacent to a busy road. As a result, accidental sounds from the world outside creep in between the creaky notes of Lang’s old piano. The album will appeal to anyone that routinely enjoys the work of Peter BroderickGoldmundNils Frahm or perhaps Andrew Lang’s compatriot Sophie Hutchings.

The album went live to our mailing list at the weekend and physical copies have nearly sold out already! There are still just a few available at time of writing and you can grab one of these by clicking HERE or the player above. Once it’s all sold out, you’ll still be able to purchase a digital version – to avoid missing out in the future, why not join our mailing list?

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Press release
“Andrew Lang is a pianist and composer from Adelaide, Australia and ‘Burnt Shades’ is his debut album which follows a free EP released via his Bandcamp page. His influences are varied but he cites fellow pianists/composers Max Richter, Nils Frahm and Philip Glass as being particularly important. He also mentions another key inspiration in books, as he began to read again whilst recording ‘Burnt Shades’ – in fact, some of the track titles stem from literary references.

We’re pleased to be able to present Andrew’s first long-player, a moody and creaky but magical album that retains a live feel. This raw, honest effect was achieved by simply playing and recording piano improvisations in his music room, which is situated near a busy road and park. Andrew began to embrace the sounds of the outdoors as the world went on by whilst he sat recording, with birds, creaks and traffic noises accidentally making their way onto the album.

The piano itself was purchased by his parents several years ago, having formerly been used in a church crèche. For that reason, it has seen better days; physically worn in appearance and the keys themselves sometimes create odd sounds due to kids with sticky fingers and biscuit crumbs. Andrew wouldn’t have it any other way, cherishing the sound of his old piano with its creaking pedals and the noticeably audible resonances of hammers at work.

Andrew had been writing an album for some time, only to scrap it as he grew frustrated at the dead ends he’d encounter. Then at the turn of 2015 on New Year’s Day, Andrew started work on Burnt Shades with a fresh determination; he wanted to build on his previous work by approaching the recording process a little differently. Previously he’d taken to working tirelessly on recordings taken on a mobile phone, by applying several EQ chains; this time he wanted to change his approach by focusing purely on his piano as well as upgrading his recording techniques.. So Andrew began to record into a DAW with a pair of carefully placed microphones and simply applied some compression and EQs. He also gave himself the challenge of playing the piano using just two fingers at any one time to rid himself of the constraints of complex playing – this allowed him to focus more on building the tracks carefully, with more freedom.

The result of Andrew’s work through 2015 is a short but beautiful set of tracks that will appeal to fans of Nils Frahm, Goldmund and Modern Classical Ambient music in general, featuring artwork from Slovakian photographer Milan Očenáš.”

credits
Catalog number: WLR006
Written, produced and mastered by Andrew Lang
Artwork by Milan Očenáš

Coming soon…Andrew Lang | Burnt Shades

We’ve recently posted a preview of our sixth release, which sees us veer in a modern classical direction in the form of Andrew Lang’sBurnt Shades‘ The record is Lang’s debut and features delicate piano compositions recorded in a music room on an old church piano – this will appeal to fans of Goldmund, Nils Frahm or Peter Broderick. You can check out a preview of the album using the Soundcloud player below or keep an eye on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we decide to 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
“Andrew Lang is a pianist and composer from Adelaide, Australia and ‘Burnt Shades’ is his debut album which follows a free EP released via his Bandcamp page. His influences are varied but he cites fellow pianists/composers Max Richter, Nils Frahm and Philip Glass as being particularly important. He also mentions another key inspiration in books, as he began to read again whilst recording ‘Burnt Shades’ – in fact, some of the track titles stem from literary references.

We’re pleased to be able to present Andrew’s first long-player, a moody and creaky but magical album that retains a live feel. This raw, honest effect was achieved by simply playing and recording piano improvisations in his music room, which is situated near a busy road and park. Andrew began to embrace the sounds of the outdoors as the world went on by whilst he sat recording, with birds, creaks and traffic noises accidentally making their way onto the album.

The piano itself was purchased by his parents several years ago, having formerly been used in a church crèche. For that reason, it has seen better days; physically worn in appearance and the keys themselves sometimes create odd sounds due to kids with sticky fingers and biscuit crumbs. Andrew wouldn’t have it any other way, cherishing the sound of his old piano with its creaking pedals and the noticeably audible resonances of hammers at work.

Andrew had been writing an album for some time, only to scrap it as he grew frustrated at the dead ends he’d encounter. Then at the turn of 2015 on New Year’s Day, Andrew started work on Burnt Shades with a fresh determination; he wanted to build on his previous work by approaching the recording process a little differently. Previously he’d taken to working tirelessly on recordings taken on a mobile phone, by applying several EQ chains; this time he wanted to change his approach by focusing purely on his piano as well as upgrading his recording techniques.. So Andrew began to record into a DAW with a pair of carefully placed microphones and simply applied some compression and EQs. He also gave himself the challenge of playing the piano using just two fingers at any one time to rid himself of the constraints of complex playing – this allowed him to focus more on building the tracks carefully, with more freedom.

The result of Andrew’s work through 2015 is a short but beautiful set of tracks that will appeal to fans of Nils Frahm, Goldmund and Modern Classical Ambient music in general, featuring artwork from Slovakian photographer Milan Očenáš.”