Out Now! Glåsbird – Grønland

Our discography for 2019 continues and for the second time in as many releases, we have increased the run count to 100 copies and opted for a special printed gatefold LP style packaging! Last December we privileged to present the debut Glåsbird release, a 2 track digital EP named Drift Stations. We’re very excited to present this anonymous artist’s debut album Grønland which is a cinematic suite of Modern Classical music with dramatic strings, frosty piano and hints of electric guitar. It releases on February 9th 2019 in a run of 100 copies. The album is a sonic expedition around Greenland and fittingly, the sound design feels icy cold, reminiscent of work by artists such as A Winged Victory For The Sullen, The Frozen Vaults and Sven Laux. This one features artwork by photographer Lennart Pagel, who travels the world and shares his images via Instagram.

Grønland 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/gr-nland

press release
“Glåsbird returns following the debut EP ‘Drift Stations’ which was a digital only release on Whitelabrecs just prior to Christmas last year. The eagerly awaited full-length debut album is something that this currently anonymous artist has carefully shaped over a lengthy period of time and it is entitled Grønland. Those looking to the themes of the North Pole and travel through the treacherous Arctic Circle which were contained within Drift Stations, will see a pattern of travel or rather, migration developing. Next stop – Greenland, the world’s largest island as well as one of the most uninhabited landmasses on the planet, which is thanks to stark temperatures and the permanent ice sheet which occupies most of this land.

Glåsbird imagined that they were assigned the task of scoring the soundtrack to a film about Greenland and spent a great deal of time researching the subject. Hours of documentaries, drone helicopter footage, NASA and satellite images, Instagram traveller accounts, 360° photos, web articles and maps were surveyed, to the point where this artist felt sufficiently immersed in this sub-zero but beautiful land. One such traveller/photographer who has physically witnessed the splendour of Greenland is Lennart Pagel, who kindly provided the cover image; the shot not only captures the essence of this country with its iced mountains, freezing lake and primary-coloured cabin but also there is a bold starkness which lends itself to this soundtrack.

Two releases in and whilst we’re no clearer as to who is behind this project, it is clear that Glåsbird is becoming synonymous with storytelling and specifically travel or migration, if you prefer.
The music itself adopts a Modern Classical approach with icy piano shards shimmering alongside glacial violin and cello drones as well as the occasional hint of grounding electric guitar. We’re told that the artist even recorded some sections of sounds to cassette before placing the tape in the freezer to give an added chill factor.

We’ve decided that such an impactful concept would suit a special ‘gatefold LP’ style packaging that we’ve run a couple of times as well as an increased run of 100 copies. Where will the Glåsbird land next?”

credits
Written and produced by
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Lennart Pagel (instagram.com/Lennart)

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Out now! WLR010 Ben McElroy – Bird-stone

We’re back from holiday and without wasting any further time, we’re excited to present our tenth release, in the form of Ben McElroy’s ‘Bird-stone‘ which sees us veer down a rural folk route, perfect for the summer. The spine of this five track record fuses painstakingly arranged strings including cello, viola and violin with additional sounds of guitar, voice and not to mention some subtly-captured home improvements courtesy of Ben’s next door neighbour! Ben has also performed as part of more traditional folk bands but his work for us sees this woven into slightly more ‘Ambient’ territory, appealing to fans of Plinth, Richard Skelton and Padang Food Tigers. The album is available now on Whitelabrecs in a very low run of just 50 CDrs.

The album went out to our mailing list subscribers last weekend and we have a few remaining copies left at the time of writing. To find out more or secure your copy, you can click the link below or on the player above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

Take a look through this email to find out more or click the link below, or image above.

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/bird-stone

 

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Press release
“Ben McElroy is a musician originally from The Wirral, near Liverpool (UK) who moved to Nottingham to do a music course around a decade ago and has lived there ever since. Ben’s sound is typically based around acoustic instruments such as guitar, strings and voice with a little additional computer based processing and his work is influenced by artists as diverse as Nick Drake, Gavin Bryars and Neu! as well as literary figures such as Virginia Woolf, David Mitchell and Philip K. Dick.

Ben’s previous material to date has seen various EPs released either under his own name or other moniker The Four Fishermen, one of which emerged on Dirty Demos back in 2008. He has also performed in various bands including folk-influenced Apples For Faces and Mucus Mules, electronica trio Howling Buddha and 8 piece pirate band Seas of Mirth. He also works writing and performing with theatre company Handmade Theatre.

For Whitelabrecs, Ben has produced ‘Bird-Stone’ which features pieces that are based mostly around his long and improvised recordings of cello, viola and violin set into a five track album that tells a story. The story isn’t clearly defined, however a warm and muted essence of traditional folk music portrays something that is rustic, of the outdoors and reminiscent of the British countryside. At times, voice and guitar join the strings with the recordings also capturing a neighbours home improvement projects which is fitting, given the title: ‘Bird-stone’ sets about drawing the lines between structures, inanimate objects and man-made buildings with nature, animals and mankind. It is pleasant and enveloping but a sadness can be detected, as Ben’s love for the natural world turns to fear of what humans are doing to the planet, nature and our future generations.”



credits
Catalog number: WLR010
Written and produced by Ben McElroy
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photography by Bethany Towell
Artwork by Harry Towell

Coming soon…Ben McElroy | Bird-stone

We’re back from holiday and without wasting any further time, we’re exited to present our tenth release, in the form of Ben McElroy’s ‘Bird-stone‘ which sees us veer down a rural folk route, perfect for the summer. The spine of this five track record fuses painstakingly arranged strings including cello, viola and violin with additional sounds of guitar, voice and not to mention some subtly-captured home improvements courtesy of Ben’s next door neighbour. Ben has also performed as part of more traditional folk bands but his work for us sees this woven into slightly more ‘Ambient’ territory, appealing to fans of Plinth, Richard Skelton and Padang Food Tigers. 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
“Ben McElroy is a musician originally from The Wirral, near Liverpool (UK) who moved to Nottingham to do a music course around a decade ago and has lived there ever since. Ben’s sound is typically based around acoustic instruments such as guitar, strings and voice with a little additional computer based processing and his work is influenced by artists as diverse as Nick Drake, Gavin Bryars and Neu! as well as literary figures such as Virginia Woolf, David Mitchell and Philip K. Dick.

Ben’s previous material to date has seen various EPs released either under his own name or other moniker The Four Fishermen, one of which emerged on Dirty Demos back in 2008. He has also performed in various bands including folk-influenced Apples For Faces and Mucus Mules, electronica trio Howling Buddha and 8 piece pirate band Seas of Mirth. He also works writing and performing with theatre company Handmade Theatre.

For Whitelabrecs, Ben has produced ‘Bird-Stone’ which features pieces that are based mostly around his long and improvised recordings of cello, viola and violin set into a five track album that tells a story. The story isn’t clearly defined, however a warm and muted essence of traditional folk music portrays something that is rustic, of the outdoors and reminiscent of the British countryside. At times, voice and guitar join the strings with the recordings also capturing a neighbours home improvement projects which is fitting, given the title: ‘Bird-stone’ sets about drawing the lines between structures, inanimate objects and man-made buildings with nature, animals and mankind. It is pleasant and enveloping but a sadness can be detected, as Ben’s love for the natural world turns to fear of what humans are doing to the planet, nature and our future generations.”

Out now! WLR008 Russell Glynn – Examples Of

Today we can announce the official release date of our next highly limited physical edition. WLR008 is Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA) based artist Russell Glynn. In ‘Examples Of Russell presents an album of guitar and violin drones that will appeal to fans of William Basinski, Stars Of The Lid and Kyle Bobby Dunn. The cover artwork is provided by the artist and the album sees the return of Maps and Diagrams on mastering duty.

The album went out to the Whitelabrecs mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, just 9 physical copies remain! To grab one of these remaining copies simply click HERE or on the Bandcamp player above. Once it’s all sold out, you’ll still be able to purchase a digital version – to avoid missing out in the future, why not join our mailing list?

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Press release
“Russell Glynn is a Cambridge, MA, US-based musician. ‘Examples Of’ is Russell’s first album to be released for label distribution, the homespun result of freewheeling experimentation and careful tinkering.

Russell picked up a violin at age nine, with guitar and keyboard following shortly thereafter. True to his lineage in makeshift home recording, Russell’s work is driven by improvisation and sonic spontaneity. Russell starts by building a barebones structure from a loop, then hits record and allows layers to crystallise naturally. As the inspiration to improvise wanes, Russell digs up previously recorded sessions, eventually committing to a found idea or theme. Russell then takes stock of his experiments and decides what is best to include as part of an album or other body of work.

‘Examples Of’ is one such body of work with the nine tracks that comprise the album being derived from three key elements: guitar, violin, and tape-loops. Each track began as a loop crafted from one of these three elements, then joined with the other two. Russell also incorporated noise elements to allow the sounds natural space. He recorded about half of the songs to tape then re-recorded them into Logic, carefully setting microphones around an old tape deck to capture the crackles and warmth of analog cassettes in combination with electro-acoustic drones. Experimentation with household objects also features; ‘Measured’ includes a clever loop of a metal tape measure cast around Russell’s bedroom. Field recordings further expand the aural atmosphere, with snippets suggesting the sound of distant winds, muddled conversation, and far-off chimes.

‘Examples Of’ is a remarkably cohesive body of work grounded in Russell’s experimental approach to sound. Whilst there is no overall concept, Russell cites nostalgia as a point of reference for the album, striving to convey an optimism tempered by the unsettling quality of drone noise.

The beautifully textured drones found within ‘Examples Of’ will appeal to fans of Stars Of The Lid, William Basinski, and Kyle Bobby Dunn.”

credits
Catalog number: WLR008
Written and produced by Russell Glynn
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Russell Glynn

Coming soon…Russell Glynn | Examples Of

Straight onto our next release then, next we’d like to present ‘Examples Of‘, the first label release for Russell Glynn, from Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). So far Russell’s work has been through his Bandcamp page and his work for Whitelabrecs focuses on Guitar, Violin and Tapeloops. The record features photography from the artist themselves as well as mastering from Tim Diagram (Maps and Diagrams). Russell’s work is centred around beautiful electro-acoustic drones that will appeal to fans who enjoy Stars Of The Lid, William Basinski or Kyle Bobby Dunn. You can listen to a preview of the album using the Soundcloud player below or keep tabs on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we decide to 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
“Russell Glynn is a Cambridge, MA, US-based musician. ‘Examples Of’ is Russell’s first album to be released for label distribution, the homespun result of freewheeling experimentation and careful tinkering.

Russell picked up a violin at age nine, with guitar and keyboard following shortly thereafter. True to his lineage in makeshift home recording, Russell’s work is driven by improvisation and sonic spontaneity. Russell starts by building a barebones structure from a loop, then hits record and allows layers to crystallise naturally. As the inspiration to improvise wanes, Russell digs up previously recorded sessions, eventually committing to a found idea or theme. Russell then takes stock of his experiments and decides what is best to include as part of an album or other body of work.

‘Examples Of’ is one such body of work with the nine tracks that comprise the album being derived from three key elements: guitar, violin, and tape-loops. Each track began as a loop crafted from one of these three elements, then joined with the other two. Russell also incorporated noise elements to allow the sounds natural space. He recorded about half of the songs to tape then re-recorded them into Logic, carefully setting microphones around an old tape deck to capture the crackles and warmth of analog cassettes in combination with electro-acoustic drones. Experimentation with household objects also features; ‘Measured’ includes a clever loop of a metal tape measure cast around Russell’s bedroom. Field recordings further expand the aural atmosphere, with snippets suggesting the sound of distant winds, muddled conversation, and far-off chimes.

‘Examples Of’ is a remarkably cohesive body of work grounded in Russell’s experimental approach to sound. Whilst there is no overall concept, Russell cites nostalgia as a point of reference for the album, striving to convey an optimism tempered by the unsettling quality of drone noise.

The beautifully textured drones found within ‘Examples Of’ will appeal to fans of Stars Of The Lid, William Basinski, and Kyle Bobby Dunn.”