Friday, 9 August 2013

The Art of Erased Tapes Records!

Erased Tapes Records have been producing some beautiful records for over 5 years now and have recently created a special box set to mark this 5 year milestone. Here's a bit of background to the label.

"Erased Tapes Records is a London based independent record label focusing on releasing avant-garde music which is widely regarded as very diverse in genres and styles. The record company was established by German-born Robert Raths in early 2007. Raths defines his main interest as 'a dialogue between two opposite poles, between traditional and contemporary,  between digital and analogue'. Its roster of contemporary classical music composers includes ├ôlafur Arnalds from Iceland, German pianist Nils Frahm, Ukrainian continuous music pioneer Lubomyr Melnyk, London-based singer/songwriter Douglas Dare and American multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick."

I first heard of the label when I stumbled upon 'Thrown' by Kiasmos which was on repeat in my headphones for a good while. Mixing up a love of classical music with electronic experiments has led to one of the more interesting labels around which seems to care about its artists and its releases. To be producing vinyl releases in a 5 year period which has seen the closure of many an independent record store is surely a labour of love and one which needs to be celebrated! And celebrate it they are with a special 5 x 7" box set with a track from each of the labels artists. The specially designed box also comes with record cloth for keeping your vinyl dust free and a special centre for your 7"s.

The set features tracks from Ólafur Arnalds, Peter Broderick, Codes in the Clouds and German pianist Nils Frahm. All of these artists are producing beautiful music which is made for listening to on a turntable and will bring you into a state of bliss. Or at least it does for me, music being the key of life these songs and artists probably tread a more sombre and reflective path but its one filled with beauty and suprise. Also they show the importance of the records art work, an integral part of every release. Lubomyr Melnyk's latest release being a perfect example of how the music and the visual can come together to make for an experience, a feast almost for the senses (check out this trailer for Corollaries).

You can find out a bit more about the label and its artists via the video below produced by The Vinyl Factory, shedding some light on Erased Tapes and all that they're doing! Right, so who want's to set up a record shop with me?

The Art of Erased Tapes Records from thevinylfactory on Vimeo.