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Home Diaries 028

by Ben McElroy

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Lost Tribe Sound Perhaps the most delicate and reserved release from McElroy to date. His music has this way about it, full of warmth and heartache, feeling modern and ancient all at once.
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andrew sherwell Ben’s sound is uniquely his own - a captivating blend of peaceful folk-flecked atmospherics and electronic unease. His work conjures timeless bucolic scenes, sun-dappled and gorgeous, sure…. but they hold too a quiet, otherly undercurrent – the innocent unearthing by the harrow of something pagan and forbidden, the line of dead moles nailed to a gate, the raven’s skull hanging from a tree at the edge of a copse. An album to loose yourself in so long as you keep to the footpaths…….
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Home Diaries 029: Ben McElroy

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're pleased to welcome back Ben McElroy, who contributed the album 'Bird-stone' to our catalog back in our inaugural year, 2016. Since then, Nottingham, UK's Ben has gone onto have releases with Unknown Tone, Eilean Recs and our sister netlabel Audio Gourmet. Ben normally teaches and performs music as part of a theatre Ceilidh band and this has all been cancelled for the summer due to the pandemic.

Ben's Home Diaries record is a mini-album of wistful pieces, in his typical hybrid Folk Ambient style. Warm traditional instrument performances are lightly affected with passages of Ambient drone, for this fleeting 20 minute session. It is a warm and hazy collection which reflects strongest in the bright sunshine, offering a truly idyllic listening environment for its listener.


released June 26, 2020

Written and produced by Ben McElroy
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell


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Whitelabrecs is an experimental record label established in 2016, specialising in highly limited runs of vinyl-effect CDrs and occasional digital-only editions. The discography focuses on contemporary Ambient music, including Drone, Modern Classical and Electro Acoustic. ... more

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