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 StefĂĄnsdĂłttir. 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 WeltbĂŒrger: ĂŒberall zu Hause, ĂŒberall 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 JĂłhann JĂłhannsson and Hildur GuĂ°nadĂłttir. Contemporary composers play their part too in the stimulus, such as Nils Frahm, Arvo PĂ€rt 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 StefĂĄnsdĂłttir 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! GlĂ„sbird – NorskfjÇ«rĂ°r

For our next release we welcome back GlĂ„sbird, an anonymous artist who debuted last year with two albums, both of which received plenty of critical acclaim. Both GrĂžnland and SvalbarĂ° sold out quickly, thanks in part to being picked up by Bandcamp’s ‘best Ambient’ feature and a few other trusty blogs, reviewers and radio shows. NorskfjÇ«rĂ°r sees the sonic expedition continue, with the destination this time being the Norwegian fjords, again, accompanied by the landscape photography of Aldona Pivoriene. The album uses familiar hints of modern classical orchestration alongside creaks, clangs and acoustic instruments.

NorskfjÇ«rĂ°r was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab one of these 200 CDs. They’ve been selling fast but we do still have copies available at the time of writing. 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:

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/norskfj-r-r

press release
“GlĂ„sbird’s anonymous and imaginary travels to far flung locations continues, with this next excursion landing at the Norwegian fjords. The first two releases dealt with the more treacherous locations of Greenland and Svalbard but in NorskfjÇ«rĂ°r, the dramatic and breathtaking landscape is underpinned by a road network which connects islands, peninsulas and mountains. A human thread of highway runs through this wild and rugged setting, passing lonely wood cabins and flashes of green.

To reflect this landscape, GlĂ„sbird imagined a journey north to the edge of the Arctic sea over several days, stopping to capture the intimate acoustics of painted wooden shacks and drawing in the landscape through tiny window panes. Whilst the previous releases use reverb-heavy strings or tape-decaying piano to reflect the cold, stark expanse of snow, NorskfjÇ«rĂ°r makes use of more acoustic instruments with more emphasis on the raw sound. Various creaks and scrapes rustle underneath these melodies to reflect the sound from inside the cabin, micro-sound fragments being all the more audible due to the silent outdoors. A hint of folk is present at times in the form of bowed and plucked strings, to reflect the fauna and flora present across the West of Scandinavia. The familiar modern classical tones of piano and strings breathe a stark and chilling spine from time to time before the gently dramatic Endeligfjord marks the end of the journey, looking back out to the Barents sea.”

credits
Written and produced by GlÄsbird
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Aldona Pivoriene
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Coming soon…GlĂ„sbird – NorskfjÇ«rĂ°r

For our next release we welcome back GlĂ„sbird, an anonymous artist who debuted last year with two albums, both of which received plenty of critical acclaim. Both GrĂžnland and SvalbarĂ° sold out quickly, thanks in part to being picked up by Bandcamp’s ‘best Ambient’ feature and a few other trusty blogs, reviewers and radio shows. NorskfjÇ«rĂ°r sees the sonic expedition continue, with the destination this time being the Norwegian fjords, again, accompanied by the landscape photography of Aldona Pivoriene. The album uses familiar hints of modern classical orchestration alongside creaks, clangs and acoustic instruments. The album will be released officially on Saturday the 14th 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
“GlĂ„sbird’s anonymous and imaginary travels to far flung locations continues, with this next excursion landing at the Norwegian fjords. The first two releases dealt with the more treacherous locations of Greenland and Svalbard but in NorskfjÇ«rĂ°r, the dramatic and breathtaking landscape is underpinned by a road network which connects islands, peninsulas and mountains. A human thread of highway runs through this wild and rugged setting, passing lonely wood cabins and flashes of green.

To reflect this landscape, GlĂ„sbird imagined a journey north to the edge of the Arctic sea over several days, stopping to capture the intimate acoustics of painted wooden shacks and drawing in the landscape through tiny window panes. Whilst the previous releases use reverb-heavy strings or tape-decaying piano to reflect the cold, stark expanse of snow, NorskfjÇ«rĂ°r makes use of more acoustic instruments with more emphasis on the raw sound. Various creaks and scrapes rustle underneath these melodies to reflect the sound from inside the cabin, micro-sound fragments being all the more audible due to the silent outdoors. A hint of folk is present at times in the form of bowed and plucked strings, to reflect the fauna and flora present across the West of Scandinavia. The familiar modern classical tones of piano and strings breathe a stark and chilling spine from time to time before the gently dramatic Endeligfjord marks the end of the journey, looking back out to the Barents sea.”

credits
Written and produced by GlÄsbird
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Aldona Pivoriene
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Out Now! Luis Miehlich – Timecuts

Onto our penultimate release of the year then and for this, we welcome Heidelberg, Germany based artist Luis Miehlich with an album which follows his much acclaimed debut Silences, which appeared on Archives. Timecuts’ was re-created through careful development and adaptation of material that Luis had recorded between 2013 and 2015. It presents seven tracks to form the basis of the album, followed with further adaptations by Erder, SineRider, Gallery Six and GlĂ„sbird. This record clocks in at a generous hour long and has plenty of variation, as droning bells, electro acoustic compositions, solitary piano, drone and modern classical orchestration fill a wide open sound-palette. This will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies  and we’ll release this officially on or around the 2nd of November 2019. This one might appeal to artists such as Halftribe, Asuna and Opitope or Marcus Fischer.

Timecuts was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy and these have been selling fast! You can stream the album on Bandcamp and of course, grab one of the remaining physical copies or a download if you prefer by clicking the link below or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

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

 

press release
“For our next release, we are pleased to present Luis Miehlich, an artist based in Heidelberg, South Germany. Luis has contributed compilation pieces to labels such as Eilean and Dronarivm as well as an EP on Kage Recordings and most prominently, his debut album Silences on Archives. Whilst he is relatively young when compared with many of his Ambient peers, Luis has been performing music since the age of five thanks to a musical household and over recent years has drawn influence from composers Jean-Michel Jarre, Steve Reich and BĂ©la BartĂłk as well as Ambient labels such as Hibernate, Home Normal and Archives.

In ‘Timecuts’ we have the follow-up record to ‘Silences’ which builds upon some unused/rediscovered material from between 2013 and 2015. These were heavily processed and then expanded upon with additional compositions and instrument sounds. The reworking of past material became a concept of sorts, as matching the old with the new became an important part of the process. Luis decided to extend a wider invitation to adapt these works to other artists, with a brief to reinterpret rather than simply remix. Erder and SineRider were logical participants, after both having featured in the ‘Silences’ album. Then our own GlĂ„sbird as well as Gallery Six joined to complete the line-up.

Timecuts clocks in generously at just over an hour, starting with Luis’ seven pieces. Everything from bells, drones, static, guitar, piano and radio static becomes a woven fabric to this beautifully varied album which is a tapestry of short dreams. The invited artists were given the stems from the original works rather than Luis’ own recreations, to help give further room for experimentation. The remixes add an extra dimension, which becomes every bit as crucial a part of a record steeped around themes of adaptation.”

credits
Written and produced by Luis Miehlich
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Luis Miehlich
Artwork by Harry Towell

Coming soon…Luis Miehlich – Timecuts


Onto our penultimate release of the year then and for this, we welcome Heidelberg, Germany based artist Luis Miehlich with an album which follows his much acclaimed debut Silences, which appeared on Archives. Timecuts’ was re-created through careful development and adaptation of material that Luis had recorded between 2013 and 2015. It presents seven tracks to form the basis of the album, followed with further adaptations by Erder, SineRider, Gallery Six and GlĂ„sbird. This record clocks in at a generous hour long and has plenty of variation, as droning bells, electro acoustic compositions, solitary piano, drone and modern classical orchestration fill a wide open sound-palette. This will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies  and we’ll release this officially on or around the 2nd of November 2019. This one might appeal to artists such as Halftribe, Asuna and Opitope or Marcus Fischer.

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
“For our next release, we are pleased to present Luis Miehlich, an artist based in Heidelberg, South Germany. Luis has contributed compilation pieces to labels such as Eilean and Dronarivm as well as an EP on Kage Recordings and most prominently, his debut album Silences on Archives. Whilst he is relatively young when compared with many of his Ambient peers, Luis has been performing music since the age of five thanks to a musical household and over recent years has drawn influence from composers Jean-Michel Jarre, Steve Reich and BĂ©la BartĂłk as well as Ambient labels such as Hibernate, Home Normal and Archives.

In ‘Timecuts’ we have the follow-up record to ‘Silences’ which builds upon some unused/rediscovered material from between 2013 and 2015. These were heavily processed and then expanded upon with additional compositions and instrument sounds. The reworking of past material became a concept of sorts, as matching the old with the new became an important part of the process. Luis decided to extend a wider invitation to adapt these works to other artists, with a brief to reinterpret rather than simply remix. Erder and SineRider were logical participants, after both having featured in the ‘Silences’ album. Then our own GlĂ„sbird as well as Gallery Six joined to complete the line-up.

Timecuts clocks in generously at just over an hour, starting with Luis’ seven pieces. Everything from bells, drones, static, guitar, piano and radio static becomes a woven fabric to this beautifully varied album which is a tapestry of short dreams. The invited artists were given the stems from the original works rather than Luis’ own recreations, to help give further room for experimentation. The remixes add an extra dimension, which becomes every bit as crucial a part of a record steeped around themes of adaptation.”

credits
Written and produced by Luis Miehlich
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Luis Miehlich
Artwork by Harry Towell

Out Now! Emanuele Errante – This World

It’s been a busy week after having sold out of our GlĂ„sbird release before it had even been up for pre-order. Hot on its tails, we welcome Italian sound artist Emanuele Errante, who some may recognise from his collaborations with Dakota Suite or Dag Roseqvist. ‘This World‘ is a 10 track journey through memories of old, levelled against thoughts of the present as electronics and organic instruments layer together. Errante uses field recordings, synth and guitar as well as some piano from Bruno Sanfilippo and also, oboe and saxophone by Max Fuschetto. Artwork is provided by SoWhat Musica magazine’s Peppe Trotta. This will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies  and we’ll release this officially on or around the 24th of August 2019. This one might appeal to artists such as Midori Hirano, Jens Pauly or M. Ostermeier.

This World was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy and the CDs have been going well! You can stream the album on Bandcamp and of course, grab one of the remaining physical copies or a download if you prefer by clicking the link below or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/this-world

press release
“Emanuele is a sound artist from Baia a little coastal town in the Phlegraean Fields in Southern Italy. He has released albums with labels such as Karakoe Kalk, Somnia and Apeginine as well as collaborating with artists such as the Dakota Suite, Dag Rosenqvist and compatriots Enrico Coniglio and Elisa Marzorati. Live performances have seen Emanuele share a stage with artists including Deaf Center, Biosphere, Vladislav Delay, Tim Hecker, Xela, Marsen Jules and Ulrich Schnauss.

Since the age of 6, he started playing a bontempi organ, a Christmas gift given by his parents before progressing through synthesizers and performing in local bands. With some years spent creating music using a computer, these days, Emanuele’s workflow is returning to his origins of live playing, usually with a synthesizer. His work is now imbued with an acoustic quality, sitting comfortably alongside electronic aesthetics. The natural sounds of field recordings add an almost tangible dimension to his work and it is here, in the outdoors, that his latest album is immersed.

‘This World’ is a deep and intimate exploration of what our planet and its inhabitants have become today which Emanuele is honest enough to admit, he doesn’t particularly like much of what he sees. Each of these 10 tracks is a reflection of what the world once was not so many years ago and what it is now. The path meanders both memories and present considerations, beginning with sparse, minimal notes to initiate contemplation, before more expansive, lush arrangements take hold as the album progresses. Emanuele narrates a deeply personal account throughout This World, but these tales are both vague and provocative enough for the listener to contemplate the journey for themselves.

credits
Written and produced by Emanuele Errante
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Cover artwork by Peppe Trotta
Internal photo by Emanuele Errante
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Guest Musicians:
Max Fuschetto – Oboe on ‘Anema’, Saxophone on ‘Azimut’
Bruno Sanfilippo – Piano on ‘Out There’

Coming soon…Emanuele Errante – This World

It’s been a busy week after having sold out of our GlĂ„sbird release before it had even been up for pre-order. Hot on its tails, we welcome Italian sound artist Emanuele Errante, who some may recognise from his collaborations with Dakota Suite or Dag Roseqvist. ‘This World‘ is a 10 track journey through memories of old, levelled against thoughts of the present as electronics and organic instruments layer together. Errante uses field recordings, synth and guitar as well as some piano from Bruno Sanfilippo and also, oboe and saxophone by Max Fuschetto. Artwork is provided by SoWhat Musica magazine’s Peppe Trotta. This will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies  and we’ll release this officially on or around the 24th of August 2019. This one might appeal to artists such as Midori Hirano, Jens Pauly or M. Ostermeier.

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
“Emanuele is a sound artist from Baia a little coastal town in the Phlegraean Fields in Southern Italy. He has released albums with labels such as Karakoe Kalk, Somnia and Apeginine as well as collaborating with artists such as the Dakota Suite, Dag Rosenqvist and compatriots Enrico Coniglio and Elisa Marzorati. Live performances have seen Emanuele share a stage with artists including Deaf Center, Biosphere, Vladislav Delay, Tim Hecker, Xela, Marsen Jules and Ulrich Schnauss.

Since the age of 6, he started playing a bontempi organ, a Christmas gift given by his parents before progressing through synthesizers and performing in local bands. With some years spent creating music using a computer, these days, Emanuele’s workflow is returning to his origins of live playing, usually with a synthesizer. His work is now imbued with an acoustic quality, sitting comfortably alongside electronic aesthetics. The natural sounds of field recordings add an almost tangible dimension to his work and it is here, in the outdoors, that his latest album is immersed.

‘This World’ is a deep and intimate exploration of what our planet and its inhabitants have become today which Emanuele is honest enough to admit, he doesn’t particularly like much of what he sees. Each of these 10 tracks is a reflection of what the world once was not so many years ago and what it is now. The path meanders both memories and present considerations, beginning with sparse, minimal notes to initiate contemplation, before more expansive, lush arrangements take hold as the album progresses. Emanuele narrates a deeply personal account throughout This World, but these tales are both vague and provocative enough for the listener to contemplate the journey for themselves.

credits
Written and produced by Emanuele Errante
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Cover artwork by Peppe Trotta
Internal photo by Emanuele Errante
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Guest Musicians:
Max Fuschetto – Oboe on ‘Anema’, Saxophone on ‘Azimut’
Bruno Sanfilippo – Piano on ‘Out There’

Out Now! GlĂ„sbird – SvalbarĂ°

We’re excited to welcome back GlĂ„sbird after having released the debut album GrĂžnland back in February. This sold out in no time at all so we imagine that copies of the follow-up record SvalbarĂ° will be similarly sought-after. As the title suggests, this one’s another geographic expedition and this time, in the isles of Svalbard. GlĂ„sbird continues the themes of icy modern classical music but this time the sound is less polished as the artist turns to tape saturation effects. Artwork is in the form of location photography on Svalbard, by travelling photographer Aldona Pivoriene. This will be available in 2019’s signature gatefold-LP style CD, in a run of 100 copies  and we’ll release this officially on or around the 10th of August 2019. This one might appeal to artists such as Ben Lukas Boysen, Ian Hawgood or Anthene.

SvalbarĂ° was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend and we’re afraid that all CD copies have sold out before the official release date! You can still stream the album on Bandcamp and of course, grab a digital copy in a range of formats by clicking the link below or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

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

press release
“In February 2019 we released the debut album by an anonymous artist named GlĂ„sbird, in the form of GrĂžnland, a sonic expedition of Greenland. The album received much critical acclaim despite being from an anonymous artist and was even featured on Bandcamp Daily under their ‘best Ambient’ feature. CD copies of this record have long since sold out, but the GlĂ„sbird continues its flight to a new destination: Svalbard.

Svalbard lies 78 degrees north, is inside the Arctic Circle and had a population of around 2600 people and an estimated 3000 polar bears! Its calendar year divides between the midnight sun and the polar nights. The former is a period of constant daylight and the latter is the opposite. However, the dark season is broken from time to time by spectacular Northern Lights.

In Svalbarð, GlÄsbird became immersed once more in this next excursion, through means of Google Earth, 360° photos, blogger accounts of the isles, maps and also, videos by Efterklang who were an obvious reference point with the band having visited.
This time, we are treated to a greater number of tracks, as ten movements weave Modern Classical influenced Ambient soundscapes. The pristine, polished reverb of Grþnland is replaced with a slightly muddier, more lo-fi approach to the sound as the artist strived to present a tape-eroded aesthetic to their work. The recordings deal with dramatic landscapes, glaciers, an abandoned coal community, a seed vault, the Island’s capital city Longyearbyen and of course, polar bears. Each piece feels icy cold, yet the warmth and hiss provided by the decaying tape effects provide a comfort blanket for the listener as perhaps you take in these scenes from a lonely cabin, at one with isolation and natural beauty.

The packaging for the album includes photography from Svalbard itself, courtesy of Aldona Pivoriene who is a professional photographer based in Norway. We are also set to release the next GlĂ„sbird album next year. Where will the destination be? For now, we hope you enjoy immersing yourself in this new set of works exploring Svalbard.”

credits
Written and produced by GlÄsbird
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Aldona Pivoriene (http://www.aldonapivoriene.com)
Packaging design by Harry Towell