We’ve a special new feature to close the year out: we decided to ask some of our artists for their 5 favourite records of 2017 as well as have a general catch up.
First up, we caught up with Philipp Buckle, one half of The Restless Fields who kicked everything off on the label in our inaugural release. Philipp records as Teamforest and provides a selection of lo-fi electronica, drone and African music:
Amadou Binta Konté & Tidiane Thiam
“Is this African blues? Whatever it is, it’s highly addictive and didn’t leave my record player for quite some time.”
The Remote Viewer
Us. In Happier Times
“This isn’t exactly new but released now for the first time which is good enough for me. The liner notes say it’s a “musical panic room” and this is true. Known sounds but very consoling in cold times.”
“Christian Schoppik never lets you down. Weird German music.”
“Atmospheres and stuff. I really like it because it somehow bends reality.”
“Also released on Archival Recordings but so stunning that it could have very well been brand new.”
What have you been up to Philipp?
“Last year I have released two cassette albums “Abendlieder” on Awkward Formats, which are evening drones coming in a nice wooden box. Then there is “They Never Got The Message”, a split tape with Michael Potter on Null/Zone. John Kiran Fernandes from Olivia Tremor Control played clarinet and Antony Ryan from ISAN mastered my side. Caro Mikalef provided us with a one of a kind riso printed cover. This is probably one of my favourite releases ever so I constantly rant and brag.
The new year will bring us a new CD album on a Swedish label and finally the release of my “Paintings” album as a vinyl LP in March. I’ll make updates of more details when they are available. Also my short film “The Craftsman” seems to draw some festival attention. This is something I am especially excited about.”
You can find out more/buy Teamforest music here:
After a couple of months getting everything together, we’re finally able to announce our very first release! The self-titled The Restless Fields album went out to our mailing list last weekend and most copies have been snapped up – there are still a few available however and these last few can be grabbed by clicking HERE or the player above. Once it’s all sold out, you can purchase a digital version – to avoid missing out in the future, why not join our mailing list?
“The Restless Fields is a collaborative project between Philipp Bückleand David Folkmann Drost. Although their eponymous debut album is centered mostly around live performance, the pair are spread out geographically; Philipp is from Dortmund, Germany whilst Dane David is currently residing in Malmö, Sweden. The Restless Fields project may be new to many, but some of you may be familiar with their solo work as these artists have built separate discographies listing labels such asEglantine Records, Morr Music, Tarkovsky Green and Dendron Records via their respective pseudonyms Teamforest and Moongazing Hare. Not to mention collaborative works with the likes of Monolyth & Cobalt andNils Quak.
The project began when there was a schedule problem for a ‘Beth Kleist‘ booking (Philipp’s work alongside Nils Quak) at a festival in a church in Dortmund. Cue a speculative invite to a more than willing David Folkmann Drost, The Restless Fields were born as the pair took stage. They have also since performed at the Fanø Free Folk Festival, where they were lucky to appear alongside other headline acts includingSvarte Greiner.
In the self-titled album The Restless Fields, we have a four piece record which is near enough a completely live set. Both artists approached the recording in a different way as Philipp’s deliberate attention to detail combines with David’s more impressionistic approach. Philipp’s sonic arsenal included a Jazzmaster guitar, some Strymon pedals, a Moogerfooger and an OP-1 as well as field recordings he’d captured in Paris. David’s consisted of a bowed dulcimer, bells, some melodica, voice and various pedals. There was no pre-conceived idea of a concept or particular direction, other than sinking into a shared space.
The Restless Fields is the inaugral release on The White Lab and is available in a highly limited run of 50 handmade white label vinyl effect CDrs. Each copy is burnt, hand-stamped and shipped directly from the label along with a polaroid print of the cover artwork inside a circular vinyl style sleeve.”
Catalog number: WLR001
Written and produced by Philipp Bückle and David Folkmann Drost
Artwork by David Folkmann Drost