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Folk/Americana - Released September 18, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Folk/Americana - Released August 28, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released July 31, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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After being inducted into the label Erased Tapes’ catalogue with their EP Verneer (under the pseudonym Aparatec) in 2007, Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles has little by little propelled himself to the position of pioneer in his form of melancholic and spatial electronica, remixing great names of the genre such as Clark, Max Cooper and Jon Hopkins. For his seventh album, the British producer has thrown himself into a new composition concept by drawing structure… by hand: “With a pen and paper sketch you can compose and rethink ideas without technology getting in the way, so for me it acts as a very helpful tool to refresh the process.” After hitting play, you find yourself listening to a truly interesting record, with tracks structured differently to any other electronic music track. Vibrations, for example, unwinds a downtempo and crazed house while the title track Articulation is positioned between ambient and futuristic beats à la Four Tet from his Rounds era which symbolises the concept adopted by Rival Consoles on this record. “Its structure is very machine-like, but I was really interested in how melody and sense of story could develop out of this, and it became an exploration of mathematical structures - patterns and shapes having a conversation. I love that something on paper can appear rigid and calculated, but then take on new meaning based on the context that surrounds it.”, explains West in what seems to be a new profession of faith. With such a record, Erased Tapes continue to take centre stage of the avant-garde electronic scene. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

Alternative & Indie - Released July 22, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released July 3, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released June 12, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released May 12, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released May 1, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 17, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released March 28, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released March 28, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released March 6, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 21, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Erased Tapes is not only the lair of Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds and other champions of the neoclassical. The London label also houses curiosities like Douglas Dare. With the label for seven years, the British songwriter fits Erased Tapes profile of an atypical troubadour. A kind of folky who might be found wandering around at the end of the world... moving from guitar to piano, Dare develops his melancholy with the help of to an autoharp that can be seen in his hands on the cover of Milkteeth. Produced by Mike Lindsay of Tunng and LUMP, who makes the final product feel very contemporary, this very personal third album offers even deeper introspection than usual. Because when he evokes his coming-out or the loneliness of his childhood, the unveiling of Douglas Dare is total: but not solemn. We are touched by this laying-bare, punctuated by some well-targeted piano notes, like a neoclassical cloud that fits well with the Erased Tapes label identity. Viscerally folk in his DNA (rather like James Blake?), Milkteeth can sometimes seem a little austere. But when we zero in on the detail, we quickly fall under the spell of a work which is rather more intimate than universal. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

Ambient - Released February 5, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Classical - Released November 22, 2019 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released October 18, 2019 | Erased Tapes

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Overwhelmed by his own creativity with the release of All Melody in early 2018, Nils Frahm decided to release his next compositions over a period of time in the form of three EPs, both for the sake of coherence and to avoid inundating his audience. “The idea behind Encores is one we already had from before All Melody; to separate releases each with their own distinct musical style and theme” explained the artist. “But All Melody became larger than itself and took over any initial concepts. I think the idea of Encores is like musical islands that complement All Melody.” All Encores brings together these three islets: the first is rather minimalist, designed around a piano and harmonium, the second is more ambient, for which Frahm used a recording technique involving an amplified stone well in Majorca, while on Encore 3 the German hybrid pianist explores his electronic side further. The result is a total of 12 tracks which are still as inspiring as ever, and the Hi-Res quality only goes to amplify the magic. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 4, 2019 | Erased Tapes

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Using his status as a glam rock icon, Brian Eno launched the label Obscure Records in the mid- 70s, allowing him to bring his most experimental projects to life and introduce his listeners to works by contemporary composers with somewhat discrete audiences (Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman, Harold Budd…), the British equivalent to the American minimalist movement (Riley, Glass, Reich…). 1976 marked the release of Penguin Café Orchestra’s debut album, a group founded by the British composer Simon Jeffes. After exploring rock and contemporary music, Jeffes became interested in the spontaneous aspect of traditional music. He synthesised these three genres by combining classical instruments (from Europe and elsewhere) with manipulated tapes and electronic accessories, and in doing so defined an energetic, conceptual and light sound. Penguin Café Orchestra continued for decades, crafting a strong, influential identity right up until Jeffes’ death in 1997. Ten years later, his son Arthur Jeffes, also a composer (Sundog, Aparat), decided to continue his father’s legacy and, by shortening the name, brought Penguin Café back to life. He revisited their original repertoire as well as developing the group’s sound through new inspired compositions. Handful of Nights is the fruit of an expedition to Antarctica, bringing artists and scientists together under the auspices of Greenpeace. Arthur Jeffes was particularly moved by the beautiful scenery. The album begins with the dazzling Winter Sun and ends with the dusky Midnight Sun, two pieces where the piano seems to illustrate the Northern lights. Four pieces were inspired by the behaviour of different types of penguins: Chinstrap, Adelie, The Life of an Emperor and Gentoo Origin. The instruments recreate the birds’ amusing way of waddling, as well as describing the ruffling of their feathers and their splendid environment. Pythagorus on the Line Again is a reworking of one of the tracks from Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s last album, Union Café (1993). Situated somewhere between folktronica, pastoral ambience and updated minimalism, Handful of Nights unveils soothing and stimulating music with the added bonus of promoting ecological awareness. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz