Home Diaries 013: Pie Are Squared

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

Pie Are Squared is a project for Ravenna, Italy based Egyptian Mohammed Ashraf, who has released with labels such as Handstitched and Lost Children, as well as an album on Eilean Recs as one half of Śruti, in which he collaborates with Omrr. At the beginning of the year and prior to the pandemic, we were chatting with Mo about a forthcoming album he is set to release with us and unfortunately, our catalog was paused and we’ve had to shelve it for the time being. So wasting no time, he joined us on our Home Diaries series with ‘muri‘.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-013

-ARTIST LINK-
https://piearesquared.bandcamp.com/album/muri-home-diaries-013

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

Pie Are Squared is a project for Ravenna, Italy based Egyptian Mohammed Ashraf, who has released with labels such as Handstitched and Lost Children, as well as an album on Eilean Recs as one half of Śruti, in which he collaborates with Omrr. At the beginning of the year and prior to the pandemic, we were chatting with Mo about a forthcoming album he is set to release with us and unfortunately, our catalog was paused and we’ve had to shelve it for the time being. So wasting no time, he joined us on our Home Diaries series with ‘muri’.

He set himself the objective of placing the listener in his studio, situated in central Ravenna. Field recordings captured the daily routine from indoors as well as those caught from just beneath the windows, on the outside. These run all the way through the album, which has been adorned with dense soundscapes created from pretty much all of the equipment he owns. Disappointment has been a thread after gigs for his bands Void of Sleep and Postvorta were cancelled, we postponed the release of the forthcoming album and also, a trip back to Cairo was cancelled. However, there is a positive approach to this artist’s situation which results in a grounded, well-balanced set of six tracks, placing all the noise and chaos right alongside a sheer and enveloping calm.”

credits
Written and produced by Mohammed Ashraf
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 012: James Osland

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

Next up is the return of James Osland from Devon, UK. James released Gone For A While with us back in 2018 and has also released with labels such as Rusted Tone, Shimmering Moods and Audio Gourmet. His Home Diaries entry was inspired by noise pollution or at least, a lack of it as the lack of active industry has brought the sounds of the natural world to centre stage. His record sees field recordings and subtle, minimal Ambient drones share the same space comfortably in a truly restful sound environment.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-012

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

In this Home Diaries edition, we welcome back Devon, UK’s James Osland, whose album ‘Gone For A While’ was released by us back in 2018. James has also released music through Rusted Tone Recordings, Shimmering Moods and Green Field Recordings and also runs his own label, Elm Records.

James has continued working throughout the pandemic due to being a key worker, but he has found the general pace of life to have slowed considerably. This has given him more time to read, relax and write music and this record is influenced by noise pollution, as unwanted noise has disappeared. The natural world now has centre stage and this became the backdrop for an album in which field recordings are the main focus. Natural sounds are accompanied with only the gentlest placement of ambient drones for a subtle but detailed listen. It is best enjoyed in a quiet setting free from noise pollution; indoors or outdoors for a three dimensional listen, where you can bring further natural sounds to this environment.”

credits
Written and produced by James Osland
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 011: Hymns57

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

Next, we go back over to Guelph, Canada as we welcome the other half of Aural Tethers and (ph)authersHymns57Steven de Taeye has run the Aural Tethers show for many years and of course, this cassette label in recent times. During the day, he works alongside Joel Cuthbert of the Stillness and The Dancing in a record store and this has been closed during the pandemic. Steven’s Home Diaries features plenty of dusty reel to reel tape textures, as the medium is used to degrade various synth and guitar recordings. The pieces are all entitled Emotioncodes as they captured the emotions felt on the day of recording. For you the listener, they’re intended to provide a welcome blanket of comfort.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-011

-ARTIST LINK-
https://hymns57.bandcamp.com/album/emotioncodes

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

We return to Guelph, Canada for this release as we welcome another man behind the Aural Tethers label, Steven de Taeye who records as Hymns57. Aural Tethers is also a show focusing on the modern Ambient music scene and this essentially evolved into the label, which he runs alongside Fossil Hunting Collective, who contributed Home Diaries 009.

Emotioncodes is a set of 7 tracks, where synth or guitar loops were created, recorded to quarter-inch tape and then played through a 16 track recorder, before being fed back onto reel to reel tape again for some extra dust. This approach, which Steven describes as a magnetised orchestra, carries the theme of him trying to convey a specific emotion from the day of recording. The tracks became Emotioncodes, for you the listener to decode and it is hoped that throughout this dusty record, that you will find comfort.”

credits
Written and produced by Steven de Taeye
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 010: Chris Dooks

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

We’re now at 10 releases in our Home Diaries series today, as we welcome Edinburgh, Scotland’s Chris Dooks. Chris has released with labels such as HibernateEilean and Idioholism and has even worked with Machinefabriek in a collaboration! Drones for The Borders is a five track mini-album of dynamic synthsfield recordings and short wave radio. It includes music/video drone footage of the landscape near to the border, not far from where he lives. This record deals with this landscape, the drone footage and themes of failing communication too.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also additional photos provided by the artist as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

-LABEL LINK-
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-010

-ARTIST LINK-
https://chrisdooks.bandcamp.com/album/drones-for-the-borders

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series on Spotify if you prefer, which will be available to stream in due course.

For our tenth release, we’re joined by Edinburgh, UK based artist Chris Dooks who as well as being active in the photographic field, has releases on Hibernate, Eilean Rec, Idioholism and Komino. The latter was a collaboration with the prolific Machinefabriek for an album titled The Eskdalemuir Harmonium which was pressed to red vinyl back in 2012.

Chris and his family have remained indoors more frequently than others during lockdown, to shield themselves from risk. Drones for The Borders is a five track mini album of synth, field recordings and short wave radio. The work is full of dynamic character and wide ranging moods lending themselves to the landscape of the borders, which Chris captures during recorded drone flights. Themes of communication failure also bleed into the grand, wide-open spaces of this record, as the fuzz of short-wave radio hums. A short video for Soutra Aisle has been included as a bonus item as part of this Home Diaries release.”

credits
Written and produced by Chris Dooks
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

Home Diaries 003: Brusgenerator

We’ve taken a pause from our schedule of CD albums due to our local post office closing, following the outbreak of Covid19. We launched a digital series called Home Diaries, in which we’ll release EPs and albums by an international line-up of artists, with the music created during lockdown and social distancing conditions.

The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release.

In our next release, we welcome Berlin composer/musician Felix Gebhard as a separate project named Brusgenerator. Felix has released with our former labels Tessellate and Audio Gourmet, as well as Analogpath and Sleep Lab Library. We’ve always seen his sound as warm and organic, but this one’s brooding and electronic, as guitars and synths are fed through various pedals. The work was originally intended for a theatre production which got cancelled due to the virus outbreak, so Felix spent his time in lockdown working on this material from his 5th floor apartment.

We have an exciting line-up to follow and each release will include bonus PDF liner notes, which has an interview with the artist on how they made the album, what their situation is like, what they have planned, their influences and what equipment/techniques they used.  There are also studio and artist profile images as part of the PDF too. Click on the link below to check it out:

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-003

press release
“Home Diaries is an invitation to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions that are upon us, due to the Covid19 outbreak. The series reflects a range of sounds, styles and ideas, as each artist portrays their own reflections uniquely. Each release is digital only for now, as we hope to raise what we can to help keep our label ticking over at this time. The releases feature a recurring polaroid image of a small lonely house, with a coloured filter chosen by the artist for each respective release. We also interview each artist and this is included as a bonus PDF with the download. You can also check out the Home Diaries series direct from the artist themselves or on Spotify if you prefer.

For our next edition in this series, we welcome Berlin’s Felix Gebhard who for this album recorded as Brusgenerator. We worked with Felix a few years back with releases on both Tessellate and the Audio Gourmet netlabel and he’s also released with labels such as Analogpath, Sleep Lab Library and Hangover Central Station. Our experience of Felix’s sound has generally been warm, organic guitar and field recordings. For this side project, he has adopted the guise of Brusgenerator and turns in a dense and brooding album of electronic Ambience.

This body of work was originally conceived as a theatre soundtrack, but due to the Covid 19 outbreak, the show was cancelled, meaning it sat incomplete. Felix was keen to work on this from his 5th floor apartment, as not to discard these creations. The extra time to focus on these recordings enabled him to develop these without a deadline and we’re delighted to release this set of 8 recordings, which have retained their story-telling qualities from the originally intended theatre performance. Albeit, these stories have become about home cooking, sights from the balcony and watching movies, all told from the comfort of a 5th floor apartment.”

credits
Written and produced by Felix Gebhard
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell