Out Now! 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.

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/little-fire

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

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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

Coming soon…Floor Overhead – Uses For Pavement

We’re keen to release more of the exciting collection of albums we have lined up for the summer months and next up our artist roster heads across the pond to Brooklyn, NYC, USA. Floor Overhead is a project by Andrew Farwell and Uses For Pavement is his debut album after a couple of self-released works. This one sees us return to our Ambient roots after a couple of more experimental/musical releases as Andrew’s Guitar drones will recall work by artists such as Tsone, Darren Harper or Field Rotation. 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
“Floor Overhead is Brooklyn, USA based artist Andrew Farwell who some may recognise from our recent compilation album ‘Whitelabsounds’. His previous output has seen a few self-released projects on Bandcamp and we’re now pleased to be able to present the debut album ‘Uses For Pavement’

Andrew has been playing guitar since the age of 12 and eventually migrated to making electronic and ambient music on computers some years later. His current approach to sound uses guitar recordings deconstructed and processed with inspiration drawn from industry heavyweights such as Steve Reich, Kevin Drumm, William Basinski and Fennesz.

Uses For Pavement is the product of quiet, happy accidents from guitar recordings that have been gently brushed over with some production to create a collage focused on spacing and permanence.
The album is an attempt to refuse the temptation to alter accident-prone inputs and superimpose the ‘shoulds’ of creation. Like thoughts, inputs are inherently unchangeable while our reaction to those inputs is negotiable. The result of this album is a heavy but structure-less space that serves as a shelter for otherwise lost ideas.”

Catalog number WLR023
Written and produced by Andrew Farwell
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by John Robert Clark Moore (http://johnrcm.com/)

 

Out now! WLR022 Covarino/Incorvaia – Granada

After the excitement of releasing our very first compilation which has all but sold out, we’re now keen to press on with the demos we have lined up as the summer months approach. Fittingly, we are pleased to present a live album by Francesco Covarino and Alessandro Incorvaia (Covarino/Incorvaia) entitled Granada which is full of warmth. The cover artwork features Granada’s signature cactus, the prickly pear and provides a focal point to this concept-free set of improvisations for guitar and drumsGranada draws on influences of Post Rock, Ambient and Free Jazz and should appeal to fans of Mogwai, Dirty Three or Godspeed You Black Emperor. It’s available now on Whitelabrecs in a very low run of just 50 CDrs.

At time of writing, copies are 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

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
“Covarino/Incorvaia are musicians Francesco Covarino (drums) and Alessandro Incorvaia (guitar), originally from Perugia in central Italy. Their debut release emerged last year on UK imprint Preserved Sound and was named after the artists’ hometown.
Both artists currently reside in countries further afield now with Alessandro based in London, UK and Francesco in Granada, Spain. So their follow-up album is named after the latter as they focused on a live and more improvised set as a duo, without the additional musicians included in ‘Perugia’.

Both artists grew up together and were in a band in the late nineties before it disbanded. It wasn’t until 2015 until Francesco and Alessandro re-united to work together musically as they set about recording over several sessions during the Christmas holidays. Their musical influences of Post Rock, Indie, Free Jazz and Ambient collide and spiral fluidly into the material that can be heard within ‘Granada’.
Over the course of six unedited live tracks, percussion and warm guitar meld together beautifully in one afternoon session, best enjoyed in daylight when there is at least a glimmer of sunshine. The cover artwork was fittingly taken in Granada, of a Prickly Pear Cactus plant on a clear-sky day.

The album is simply named after the location it was recorded and since it was spontaneous, the tracks do not have specific titles as the artists wish to leave the album as free from a concept as possible. It was felt that to add some fabric or stories to their work post-production would devalue the fact that this record was made off the cuff.”

Catalog number WLR021
Francesco Covarino: Drums, Classical guitar on #6
Alessandro Incorvaia: GuitarRecorded in Granada, may 1st, 2016, at Sonobalance by Marcos Muniz
Mixed by Marcos Muniz at Love Thy Neighbour Labs
Mastered at KadiforniaCover photo by Francesco Covarino

Coming soon…Covarino/Incorvaia – Granada

After the excitement of releasing our very first compilation which has all but sold out, we’re now keen to press on with the demos we have lined up as the summer months approach. Fittingly, we are pleased to present a live album by Francesco Covarino and Alessandro Incorvaia (Covarino/Incorvaia) entitled Granada which is full of warmth. The cover artwork features Granada’s signature cactus, the prickly pear and provides a focal point to this concept-free set of improvisations for guitar and drumsGranada draws on influences of Post Rock, Ambient and Free Jazz and should appeal to fans of Mogwai, Dirty Three or Godspeed You Black Emperor. 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
“Covarino/Incorvaia are musicians Francesco Covarino (drums) and Alessandro Incorvaia (guitar), originally from Perugia in central Italy. Their debut release emerged last year on UK imprint Preserved Sound and was named after the artists’ hometown.
Both artists currently reside in countries further afield now with Alessandro based in London, UK and Francesco in Granada, Spain. So their follow-up album is named after the latter as they focused on a live and more improvised set as a duo, without the additional musicians included in ‘Perugia’.

Both artists grew up together and were in a band in the late nineties before it disbanded. It wasn’t until 2015 until Francesco and Alessandro re-united to work together musically as they set about recording over several sessions during the Christmas holidays. Their musical influences of Post Rock, Indie, Free Jazz and Ambient collide and spiral fluidly into the material that can be heard within ‘Granada’.
Over the course of six unedited live tracks, percussion and warm guitar meld together beautifully in one afternoon session, best enjoyed in daylight when there is at least a glimmer of sunshine. The cover artwork was fittingly taken in Granada, of a Prickly Pear Cactus plant on a clear-sky day.

The album is simply named after the location it was recorded and since it was spontaneous, the tracks do not have specific titles as the artists wish to leave the album as free from a concept as possible. It was felt that to add some fabric or stories to their work post-production would devalue the fact that this record was made off the cuff.”

Catalog number WLR021
Francesco Covarino: Drums, Classical guitar on #6
Alessandro Incorvaia: Guitar

Recorded in Granada, may 1st, 2016, at Sonobalance by Marcos Muniz
Mixed by Marcos Muniz at Love Thy Neighbour Labs
Mastered at Kadifornia

Cover photo by Francesco Covarino