Out Now! anthéne – asymmetry

We’re moving towards spring and have racked up 3 releases this year so far. Next the run count of 100 copies continues with another gatefold LP style packaging design, this time by Polar Seas label boss anthéne. Asymmetry not only provides a set of lulling synth and guitar drones laced with hiss and static but it also features two familiar names in Ambient music; Peter Nejedly returns with more beautiful photography and Ian Hawgood is on mastering duty. We’ll release this on or around the 6th of April 2019. The theme within asymmetry was originally about assembling unrelated and differing material. However, somewhere unintentionally, an indescribable theme emerges from nothing to blanket your eyes and ears. Those who follow artists such as Kyle Bobby Dunn, Stars of the Lid or Billow Observatory may enjoy this one!

Asymmetry 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/asymmetry

press release
“Anthéne is Toronto, Canada based artist Brad Deschamps who has been recording Ambient music since 2011, after also forming part of the duo North Atlantic Drift for which he’d performed alongside artists such as Benoit Pioulard and Bing and Ruth. Solo releases have emerged on leading labels such as Hibernate, Sound In Silence and most recently Home Normal, who released ‘weightless’ only last month which label boss Ian Hawgood describes on the website as ‘warm analog sleep echoes’. Brad also runs the magnificent Polar Seas Recording label, which has released material from artists such as Mikael Lind, Celer and Andrew Tasselmyer.

We’re pleased to present the next release in Brad’s catalog, which is entitled ‘asymmetry’ as he strived to explore different depths of sound. The title of the album was born out of his idea of recording in different ways to create narrow, saturated recordings as well as widescreen ambience yet trying to blend these works together as a cohesive whole. Guitar and effects pedals, synthesizers and field recordings are some of the elements that form the basis of this dynamic yet minimal range of compositions but a simple yet key ingredient can be heard in the warm and gentle tape hiss which underpins the record.

Whilst Brad’s ideas are rooted in joining disparate, unrelated textures, the resulting record is something that makes sense; the seven pieces have been lovingly mastered by Ian Hawgood, the sheer patience of each gently unfolding track will comfort even the most restless of soul and the packaging design features artwork from Peter Nejedly. Somewhere, unintentionally, an indescribable theme emerges from nothing to blanket your eyes and ears.”

credits
Written and produced by Brad Deschamps
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Photography by Peter Nejedly
Packaging design by Harry Towell

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Coming soon…anthéne – asymmetry

We’re moving towards spring and have racked up 3 releases this year so far. Next the run count of 100 copies continues with another gatefold LP style packaging design, this time by Polar Seas label boss anthéne. Asymmetry not only provides a set of lulling synth and guitar drones laced with hiss and static but it also features two familiar names in Ambient music; Peter Nejedly returns with more beautiful photography and Ian Hawgood is on mastering duty. We’ll release this on or around the 6th of April 2019. The theme within asymmetry was originally about assembling unrelated and differing material. However, somewhere unintentionally, an indescribable theme emerges from nothing to blanket your eyes and ears. Those who follow artists such as Kyle Bobby Dunn, Stars of the Lid or Billow Observatory may enjoy this one!

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
“Anthéne is Toronto, Canada based artist Brad Deschamps who has been recording Ambient music since 2011, after also forming part of the duo North Atlantic Drift for which he’d performed alongside artists such as Benoit Pioulard and Bing and Ruth. Solo releases have emerged on leading labels such as Hibernate, Sound In Silence and most recently Home Normal, who released ‘weightless’ only last month which label boss Ian Hawgood describes on the website as ‘warm analog sleep echoes’. Brad also runs the magnificent Polar Seas Recording label, which has released material from artists such as Mikael Lind, Celer and Andrew Tasselmyer.

We’re pleased to present the next release in Brad’s catalog, which is entitled ‘asymmetry’ as he strived to explore different depths of sound. The title of the album was born out of his idea of recording in different ways to create narrow, saturated recordings as well as widescreen ambience yet trying to blend these works together as a cohesive whole. Guitar and effects pedals, synthesizers and field recordings are some of the elements that form the basis of this dynamic yet minimal range of compositions but a simple yet key ingredient can be heard in the warm and gentle tape hiss which underpins the record.

Whilst Brad’s ideas are rooted in joining disparate, unrelated textures, the resulting record is something that makes sense; the seven pieces have been lovingly mastered by Ian Hawgood, the sheer patience of each gently unfolding track will comfort even the most restless of soul and the packaging design features artwork from Peter Nejedly. Somewhere, unintentionally, an indescribable theme emerges from nothing to blanket your eyes and ears.”

credits
Written and produced by Brad Deschamps
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Photography by Peter Nejedly
Packaging design by Harry Towell

[whitelabtapes] – wlr-t02 – [mixed by Andrew Sherwell]

Last year we made a small batch of 20 mixtapes available after a disagreement between my wife and I, as she didn’t think people still had tape players. I decided to prove her wrong and put together a special anonymous mix solely using Whitelabrecs material and the tapes sold out in hours.

I’m not sure why, but we haven’t made any more and I’d love this to become a series that anyone can get involved in – over the last few weeks I’ve been in touch with Andrew Sherwell who released ‘Orthodox Tales’ with us earlier this year and he’s kindly assembled the wlt-02!
Many record labels create compilation samplers of material but for our version of this, we decided that mixtapes would be a fun format to introduce people to the label, similar to how vinyl DJ mixes might have been home-taped back in the 1990s.

Andrew’s mix traverses two different paths over sides A and B,
with a dark opening to A unfolding to lighter, dreamy moments with the accompanying micro sounds of overlapping field recordings. Side B is more of the same, yet with added warmth. As always, the tracklist is anonymous as these tapes are intended to be works of art in their own right, rather than a compilation tape.

There are so many amazing releases on Whitelabrecs. 
I should imagine that it would be quite a daunting exercise, a label specific mix. Where to start? What tracks to choose? Or harder still, what tracks to leave out? Impossible.
Luckily for me, when Harry suggested the idea, I already had a head start. I was already working on a mix which contained quite a few Whitelabrecs tracks. It was a mix to accompany my habitual dusk-time walk along a wild and deserted estuary foreshore, next to which my elderly parents live. A few blustery moments in which to forget the pressing effects of the passing of time, to stop worrying about what is surely hurrying towards us, and to just be……present.
With quite a tricky limit of just under 23 minutes a side, I edited the mix down, keeping the Whitelabrecs tracks already there in place, adding others that suited the mood. Soon the two sides developed their own personalities. Side One: the walk from the house to the rock from which to watch the sun sink slowly into the mouth of the estuary. Side Two: the walk back to the house in the gathering gloom.
Recorded digitally within Ableton (my laptop is all I had with me.) Some tracks are edited, some have additional processing, some suffered both. Thanks to Harry for the invite and to all Whitelabrecs’ amazing artists. Apologies to those artists whose work I have mangled.
For my parents.-ANDREW SHERWELL

The cover artwork printed on the packaging was taken during a huge thunderstorm at the end of an extended period without rain.

Released August 17, 2018
Mixed by Andrew Sherwell
Artwork by Harry Towell

You can visit the dedicated page on the Whitelabrecs Bandcamp site where an order can be placed by clicking below or HERE

Out Now! Valotihkuu – Fragile Melodies

This morning we released our 39th release in our usual run of 50 vinyl-effect CDrs…

We’ve got something perfect for the spring/summer as we welcome Russian artist Valotihkuu with Fragile Melodies. This one’s full of warmth as bells, lap harp and guitar are resampled and treated with plenty of tape effects. This should appeal to those who follow Federico Durand, Darren Harper or Cass

Since releasing to our label subscribers last week, this release has absolutely flown out with nearly all copies going before it’s even officially released! Fortunately Sven will soon have some copies available via his Bandcamp page and you’ll be able to purchase a digital version from there or with us.

You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or grab one of the remaining copies or a digital version by clicking the bandcamp player or link below.

This went to out to our mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, we’ve still got some copies left. To find out more, 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

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/fragile-melodies

press release
Valotihkuu is Denis Davydov who is from the industrial Russian city of Cherepovets, with previous releases appearing on Russian independent labels such as Ветер в Ивах and Unline. Denis has been active since 2010 and has amassed a discography which also includes several self-released projects available by his Bandcamp page.
We fell in love with 2017’s ‘Spring and All’ and urged Denis to produce something for Whitelabrecs; he kindly obliged by sending us ‘Fragile Melodies’.

Denis tends to start his recording process by searching for interesting or unusual sounds whether this be background noise or the sounds of outdoors. He then marries these with musical instrument, tape and digital sampler experiments with plenty of resampling and layering as part of the process influenced by dreams, the natural world, stargazing and childhood memories.
In Fragile Melodies, we’re pleased to present a record that could be described as both frail and serene, with Denis having spent a great deal of time editing previously recorded samples of musical instruments. These include bells, lap harp, music box and guitar and he strived to manipulate the sounds so that they could tell a story separately without adding new elements, harmonies and melodic lines. The sounds transform in a unique way, as a sort of scent which floats into the air before you and each time you try to capture this, it dissolves. During the period that this album was created, Denis would walk a lot, listening and thinking about the fragments of sound he had been concocting, trying to reflect on how these could be presented as a light but elusive set of textures. With each walk, he’d be aware of the intangible nature of his own childhood memories as they flickered into focus for a fleeting second. He decided to use Fragile Melodies as a means to transfer such delicacy through sounds, textures and melodies.

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Denis Davydov
Photography by Denis Davydov
Artwork by Harry Towell
Catalog Number: WLR039

Coming soon…Valotihkuu – Fragile Melodies

We’ve taken another breather with our schedule as we had to hurry along and ship rather a lot of Sven Laux albums – thanks to all who supported his release!

We’re back now with something perfect for the spring/summer as we welcome Russian artist Valotihkuu with Fragile Melodies. This one’s full of warmth as bells, lap harp and guitar are resampled and treated with plenty of tape effects. This should appeal to those who follow Federico Durand, Darren Harper or Cass

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
Valotihkuu is Denis Davydov who is from the industrial Russian city of Cherepovets, with previous releases appearing on Russian independent labels such as Ветер в Ивах and Unline. Denis has been active since 2010 and has amassed a discography which also includes several self-released projects available by his Bandcamp page.
We fell in love with 2017’s ‘Spring and All’ and urged Denis to produce something for Whitelabrecs; he kindly obliged by sending us ‘Fragile Melodies’.

Denis tends to start his recording process by searching for interesting or unusual sounds whether this be background noise or the sounds of outdoors. He then marries these with musical instrument, tape and digital sampler experiments with plenty of resampling and layering as part of the process influenced by dreams, the natural world, stargazing and childhood memories.
In Fragile Melodies, we’re pleased to present a record that could be described as both frail and serene, with Denis having spent a great deal of time editing previously recorded samples of musical instruments. These include bells, lap harp, music box and guitar and he strived to manipulate the sounds so that they could tell a story separately without adding new elements, harmonies and melodic lines. The sounds transform in a unique way, as a sort of scent which floats into the air before you and each time you try to capture this, it dissolves. During the period that this album was created, Denis would walk a lot, listening and thinking about the fragments of sound he had been concocting, trying to reflect on how these could be presented as a light but elusive set of textures. With each walk, he’d be aware of the intangible nature of his own childhood memories as they flickered into focus for a fleeting second. He decided to use Fragile Melodies as a means to transfer such delicacy through sounds, textures and melodies.

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Denis Davydov
Photography by Denis Davydov
Artwork by Harry Towell

[whitelabtapes] – wlr-t01

For a good while, we’ve been meaning to put together a sampler mix to showcase some work from select releases in our catalog. Ever since recent studio experiments with tapeloops, we’ve taken an interest in the cassette format again and decided that our sampler would literally take the format of a mixtape, similar to how bootleg vinyl mixes might have been home-taped back in the 1990s.

The mix is a ‘guess-who’ of material from our discography, blending tracks harmonically into 22 minutes and 50 seconds each side of the tape. The mix is available digitally if you’ve sold your cassette player on a car boot sale but for anyone who still have a machine, the added hiss will surely add to your listening experience.

The cover artwork printed on the packaging was taken in a field a couple of hundred yards away from our home, on a warm summers day.
Our tape supplier has many colour options so these will change as this infrequent sub-series continues but naturally, we plumped for white in this inaugural edition.

released August 29, 2017
Mixed by Harry Towell
Artwork by Harry Towell

You can visit the dedicated page on the Whitelabrecs Bandcamp site where an order can be placed by clicking below or HERE


https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/wlr-t01

Coming soon…Ludmila – 1 Day 1 Track

We’ve another limited edition vinyl-effect CDr lined up on Whitelabrecs and this time we welcome Lyon, France based artist Ludmila. Jori Borla, the artist originally hails from Argentina and to date has only self released his material, meaning that 1 Day 1 Track is his first physical release. This record was made in a week during a holiday period when Jori would spend a short time recording live. The result is a beautiful electro-acoustic album that may appeal to anyone who enjoys Willamette, Hammock or Shaula. You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages 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
“Ludmila is an artist named Jori Borla who currently resides in Lyon, France but originally from Salta, Argentina. To date, Jori has largely self-released his material and we’re pleased to be able to offer his debut of sorts on Whitelabrecs. Jori has experience performing in bands as well as playing instruments such as guitar, cello and bass however he began his project as Ludmila a couple of years ago, after the birth of his son. Typically he would perch upon an uncomfortable stool by his amplifier and experiment with spontaneous tape loops.

In ‘1 Day 1 Track’, Jori set about recording one track every day for a week in which he describes it as the ‘best holidays ever’. Each track on the album is a cropped section of a recording session that lasted from between 10 and 20 minutes, a process repeated each day. In one very peaceful week, Jori recalls playing free from thought, with the takes being improvised without the aid of a computer. Often when artists embark on the creative process, rules and pressure are applied and a lack of quality time devoted to one’s craft can breed frustration. By taking time out during his holidays for just a short period each day, the music flowed and a beautifully cohesive album was born.

Jori also states that 1 Day 1 Track has an additional loose concept which is about finding himself in other lands. This is reflected in the cover artwork as a distant image of an ill-equipped human being can be seen free-falling from high in the sky, towards the unknown ground beneath them.”

Catalog number WLR026
Written and produced by Jori Borla
Mastered by David Georgos