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Orthodox Tales

by Andrew Sherwell

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  • Whitelabrecs CDr Box Set 21-40

    Whitelabrecs Box Set 21-40 is the second batch of 20 releases on the label, contained within a recycled card box. This includes 20 vinyl effect CDr releases from our catalog numbers 021 to 040, many of which are sold out and out of print. The package is unique as we consult with you over email so you can make your preferred colour selections.

    The box is rubber stamped in an ink colour of your choosing and you can choose the sleeve and ink colours for the CDs.

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    WLR021 Various Artists 'Whitelabsounds'
    WLR022 Covarino/Incorvaia 'Granada'
    WLR023 Floor Overhead 'Uses For Pavement'
    WLR024 Sea Trials 'Sea Trials'
    WLR025 Steve Pacheco 'The 4th'
    WLR026 Ludmila '1 Day 1 Track'
    WLR027 Slow Heart Music 'This Body Is Not Me'
    WLR028 Teleferick 'Sixteen Frames'
    WLR029 Polaroid Notes 'Unsung Memories'
    WLR030 Overshift 'Of Light and Shade'
    WLR031 The Prairie Lines 'Eyes Down Slowdown'
    WLR032 Tsone 'Purification Verses'
    WLR033 Andrew Sherwell 'Orthodox Tales'
    WLR034 James Osland 'Gone For A While'
    WLR035 Robert Farrugia 'Almost There'
    WLR036 Slow Clinic 'Discarded Things Once Loved'
    WLR037 Paper Relics 'The Road Home'
    WLR038 Sven Laux 'Schachmatt'
    WLR039 Valotihkuu 'Fragile Melodies'
    WLR040 Daliah 'Holy Mountain'
    ... more

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Orthodox Tales is the debut album from West London, UK based artist Andrew Sherwell. He was part of a stream of bands in and beyond his teenage years centred initially on jangly post-punk Funk. The band’s name would change routinely each time a band member left which was regularly and eventually, it was just Andrew left as the band grew more and more experimental in their approach. He did manage to rack up some releases around this period, some 30 years ago – however these are lost to the mists of time due to the Rough Trade period when things would come and go within a weekend.

Andrew is still an avid collector of physical records and thanks to inspiration drawn from Svarte Greiner, The Caretaker and Xela as well as Eastern European choral music, Film and soundtracks, Andrew has increasingly been inspired to create his own experimental music.
After a good deal of time spent working on the backbone of an album, Andrew had a demo in place and before submitting it to a label, he had it professionally mastered by Stephan Mathieu. He then dropped it over to us and the rest is history…

Orthodox Tales sees us welcome back Federica Jeanne De Luca, the artist that supplied the cover artwork for Philippe Lamy’s Inner Stretch. Her artwork provides a beautiful backdrop for this six track journey through tape loops, Korg Volca keys, samples, effects, and field recordings which re-enact the tales told by Andrew’s grandfather.

For the whole of the inter-war period, his grandfather travelled back and forth through the turmoil of the Balkans, Central Europe, the Caucasus and South Russia, returning with many treasures on the eve of the Second World War. Andrew recalls his Grandfather as an old man when he’d spend school holidays at his house. On occasion at bedtimes, his Grandfather recounted wild tales of his ‘adventuring’: of the peoples he met and their folk tales, of days lost in endless forests, of nights camped out on a sea of grasslands when the frost was so hard that his blanket twinkled in the moonlight, as brightly as the myriad stars above. He told of feasting with mountain goat herders and with Orthodox Bishops, of shape-shifting shaman and of beautiful Princesses, of demons and of angels in human form. After a while, he’d be lost, transported to the magical world of his descriptions. Grandfather would lower his voice, he would wander from the story into more philosophical byways and soon, Andrew would fall asleep.

Orthodox Tales is a deeply personal account of Andrew’s childhood experience but as the themes and anecdotes play out in musical form, the album works as a conduit in which to transfer these tales to you the listener.


released January 20, 2018

Written and produced by Andrew Sherwell
Mastered by Stephan Mathieu
Artwork by Federica De Luca


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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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