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This Body Is Not Me

by Slow Heart Music

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Nigel Spencer
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Nigel Spencer This is a truly lovely album that manages to successfully combine semi improvised guitar soli with subtle ambient touches. This means it melds two of my favourite musical forms, so it really is a case of what’s-not-to-like? The playing is warm and melodic and there is a hushed, but not over-precious intimacy about the whole album. Gorgeous. I do enjoy Ben’s more processed/experimental work a lot, but I hope he will explore more of this side of his musical personality. Favorite track: A Willing Escape.
Lost Tribe Sound
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Lost Tribe Sound Blood hell, perhaps the warmest and most alive guitar records of 2017! White Label Records has brought light to a masterpiece here. The attention to detail and the reverent treatment of tone, make this stand out amongst the vast sea of solo guitar albums. Favorite track: Keep On.
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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'
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Keep On 06:11
Interlude 02:08
Another Way 04:43
Be Kind 02:47


Slow Heart Music is the acoustic side project of ambient music artist Ben Rath. Based in Manchester, UK, Ben has released music under his own name via labels such as Sound In Silence, Cathedral Transmissions, and Unkown Tone Records. As Slow Heart Music, Ben has released a short EP on Cape Town netlabel MoonSwing at the beginning of 2016 entitled ‘A Place To Forget’. ‘This Body Is Not Me’ is Ben’s full-legth debut as Slow Heart Music.

The ambient music Ben has released under his own name typically involves a lot of digital manipulation and arrangement of sound samples on a computer, and Slow Heart Music was conceived as a way to create music in a more spontaneous and live way, with minimal electronic interference and using a basic, lo-fi set-up.
The tracks on ‘This Body Is Not Me’ were recorded on a small classical guitar Ben purchased for £5 from a bring-and-buy sale in the basement of a cafe. Ben would improvise on this guitar in a relatively free and unstructured way until a theme or melody organically developed. He’d then press record on a digital audio recorder and create a spontaneous composition out of that theme. Most of the tracks that make up ‘This Body Is Not Me’ are first take recordings, with minimal post-editing. There are some subtle ambient elements in some sections where it seemed appropriate to add an extra dimension to the track.

Whilst the album does not have a clear, cohesive concept, the title and track names make loose reference to Ben’s interest in spirituality, which also informed the emphasis on flow, spontaneity, and improvisation in the writing and recording process. The sweet and delicate tones of Ben’s guitar playing provide a warm and pleasant soundtrack to the end of Summer and the fade into Autumn, capturing an abundance of warmth and sunshine with each note of this beautifully light set of recordings.


released September 9, 2017

Written and produced by Ben Rath
Mastered by Tim Diagram


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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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