The Road Home

by Paper Relics

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    For this special limited edition release, we have decided to do a deluxe edition as well as our standard 'white label vinyl effect' run. This version is modelled around the classic gatefold vinyl LP, with printed front, rear and inner sleeves along with an inner sleeve which houses a printed vinyl-effect CDr.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Road Home via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Each highly limited collectable Whitelabrecs release is built around a set format as follows:
    50 x vinyl-effect CDrs with card vinyl-style sleeves, rubber stamped titling, a polaroid print of the cover artwork housed inside a plastic case to keep it looking mint. Ink, font style and sleeve colours will vary for each release, chosen by the artist.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Road Home via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • 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.

    This item would suit a collector looking to preserve the collection or someone new to the label wishing to acquaint themselves with our back-catalog.

    Your order will be acknowledged within a few days by email and we will then discuss the packaging options, order the materials, burn the CDs and then ship the box securely.

    INCLUDED WITHIN THE PACKAGE:

    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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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of asymmetry, Vihne, Grønland, Drift Stations EP, Kern-Host, ways of stillness, Transition / Composition, Fragments, and 48 more. , and , .

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about

Paper Relics are brothers Harry and Stuart Towell who reside 16.1 miles apart. Their debut album was released back in the summer of 2011 on American imprint Time Released Sound, entitled ‘Over Exposure’. This was a record steeped in the past as they used lo-fi blues and folk guitar Ambience to reflect over childhood memories spent on a farm on which their grandparents live. The farm was set to become a housing development so the memories became all the more cherished through the recordings and accompanying artwork.

Now nearly 7 years on, the brothers’ follow-up record ‘The Road Home’ traces the journey from that very point of reflecting on childhood memories as young adults circa 2010/11, to now. The title might read to some as a return home, a struggle back to a family abode however, this record deals with the trials, triumphs and time in between, having both set out to forge their own paths to become homeowners with their respective wives. When they began recording, the brothers lived in the same home with their parents, each with a new relationship and a stuttering career. Yet whilst The Road Home tells the story of the last 7 years reflecting on what is now already history - it is an album firmly about the present as they enjoy the foundation for their futures, clinging onto what they’ve worked hard to achieve. The lyrics in 'Timeframing' are about freezing these moments and the dozens of clocks you can hear ticking at the beginning can also be heard in ‘Tinted by Time’ on Over Exposure. Harry revisited the same antique shop where these were originally captured to see if they were still there and was able to re-record them once more. This recording plays briefly as the track opens to focus your thoughts on time once more.

Opening track ‘Stoke’s Hall’ was something Stuart penned and recorded the night before Harry’s wedding and the title reflects the name of the venue. Likewise, Wyke’s Retreat harks back to Stuart’s wedding from the summer of 2017. Over Exposure was creaking with rustic charm, whereas The Road Home sees a more structured approach to production. There is more variety, as some pieces drone gloriously in an elegant daze, others are more alive as the subtle power of Stuart’s guitar takes centre stage. Then this time around Harry has provided vocals in ‘Timeframing’ and ‘Frost’ as well as building a couple of tracks that use drumloops and percussion, recalling some of his downtempo work as Spheruleus. To give one final twist to the presentation, Harry and Stuart enlisted the assistance of Berlin artist Sven Laux, who provided additional orchestration and sound mixing.

Paper Relics albums are never likely to be released on a regular basis due to the busy lifestyles the brothers lead, so we felt our usual run of 50 copies wouldn’t be enough to do this album justice. So The Road Home is available in two runs of 50 copies; our familiar ‘white label vinyl-effect CDr’ as well as a special printed CDr edition that looks just like a mini gatefold LP.

credits

released March 24, 2018

Paper Relics are Harry and Stuart Towell
Tracks were written, produced and recorded by Harry and Stuart Towell with additional sound mixing and orchestration by Sven Laux

Stuart Towell: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, eBow, Bass
Harry Towell: Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Violin, Harmonica, Zither, Electronics, Sampling, Field Recordings, Tapeloop

Mastered by James Armstrong
Artwork by Harry Towell

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UK based experimental record label established in 2016, specialising in highly limited runs of white-label-style vinyl-effect CDrs.

Announced as one of A Closer Listen's best labels of 2017: bit.ly/2nCAXVy

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