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Home Diaries 029

by Darkroom

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Arrokoth 15:40


Home Diaries was an invitation by the Whitelabrecs label to artists and musicians to create an album or EP to document their personal experience during the lockdown or social distancing conditions in 2020, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This, the penultimate Home Diaries edition, is the first and only collaboration released as part of the series. UK duo Darkroom - Andrew Ostler and Michael Bearpark - are renowned for their extended live performances: rarer following Andrew’s move to Scotland; now even more challenging with the pandemic and resulting lockdown.

Seeking and finding positives throughout this time, Andrew has been performing as part of streaming event series. Mike was present on these occasions from a distance via guitar recordings transferred to cassette: one from a Darkroom performance in Edinburgh towards the end of 2019, and another, inspired by Scotland, that seeded the recording of their full Whitelabrecs album planned for November 2020.

The two pieces presented here evolve through multiple shades of colour and dynamics, retaining an open live feel; 'Arrokoth' and 'The Uncut Stones of Night' are very much of their time, yet combine to make a timeless album experience, with a total running time of 40 minutes.

* Arrokoth

Original recording for Fuzz Bat Live Stream - 31st March 2020
Guitar: recorded at The Darkroom, 2nd February 2019

* The Uncut Stones Of Night

Original recording for More Kicks Than Friends - 29th April 2020
Guitar: recorded at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, 13th November 2019


released June 26, 2020

Recorded by Andrew Ostler
Edited, mixed, and produced by Darkroom
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong

Andrew Ostler - bass clarinet, modular synth, laptop
Michael Bearpark - guitar, field recordings

Originally released on Whitelabrecs: whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/home-diaries-029

Special thanks: Harry Towell (Whitelabrecs), Stuart Fraser (Fuzz Bat), Ned Rush (More Kicks), Elif Yalvaç, New Horizons, Roy Fuller. Go well, LB


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Guitar but not guitar; synthesizers but not keyboards – Darkroom’s music starts with improvisation and a distinctive approach to sound design, followed by disciplined editing and stop-motion studio craft. By turns beautiful and beautifully ugly, theirs is a very human music that always sounds ‘played’ not ‘programmed’, despite the essential technology. ... more

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