Erased Tapes Turns 10

Avant-Garde London Label Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary With New Releases

Sep 25, 2017 Bookmark and Share

London Record Label Erased Tapes, founded by German-born Robert Raths in 2007, has been a home and champion of some of the most daring composers of the past decade, artists constantly searching for uncharted plains of aural evocation and expression. Their impressive roster includes Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Kiasmos and Rival Consoles. They have also brought in and reinvigorated classic groups like Penguin Cafe while giving rise to new artists like Daniel Brandt (of Brandt Brauer Frick), Masayoshi Fujita, Douglas Dare, Ben Lukas Boysen and Dawn Of Midi. These forward thinking and traditionally rooted musicians often design through the modes of classical music and electronic modulation and nuance to discover the beauty in melancholy and energy in stillness and grace.

This month, the label is celebrating ten years of existence and the pursuit of their overarching philosophy. Spanning this time, Erased Tapes has nurtured its avant-garde artists from all around the world whilst remaining genre-defying and truly independent. On February 5th Erased Tapes opened the doors to its new East London home, marking the 10th anniversary by introducing fans and the public to the new Erased Tapes Sound Gallery. This month and next there are some great releases that are coinciding with the celebration. Before checking out what’ new, here are some examples to represent the ethos of Erased Tapes:




Here’s what’s new. Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds just released a ten year reissue of his record Eulogy for Evolution this past Friday just in time to ring in the 10 Year Anniversary. Originally put out during his teens, Eulogy For Evolution is a journey from birth to death, transporting the listener through life itself. The record has now been restored with the help of his friends, remixed by Ólafur himself and remastered by Nils Frahm.

Of the reissue, Ólafur says “I spent a couple of weeks in some sort of a time machine, opening up and working on 12-year-old recordings. There was noise in the microphones, some channels seemed accidentally muted, but sometimes I found myself admiring what my teenage self was capable of. It was somehow charming. Well, most of it. So I fixed the stuff that wasn’t before sending it off to Nils Frahm for remastering.”



Kiasmos is the duo of Olafur Arnalds and fellow Nordic composer/musician Janus Rasmussen and The Blurred Ep, arriving October 6th, is a continuation of the collaborative work that balances dance rhythm with gorgeous instrumental ambience. Their aesthetic tastes caused their individual musical paths to converge, leading to a working relationship that fertilized a strong friendship. The tandem has produced a string of tracks and EP’s, released periodically over the past few years when the two have found time to unite amidst their independent projects. Blurred provides further example of what can come from the common sensibility and profound harmony of artistic friends.


Erased Tapes is also releasing a new LP from Icelandic composer Högni with a collection of music that is dedicated to an important part of Icelandic history. His Two Trains LP arrives October 20th s dedicated to two Icelandic locomotives - the Minør & Pionér - that helped modernize the country in the early 20th Century. Högni is better known as the frontman of indie rock band Hjaltalín and previous member of electronic group GusGus, and is the newest addition to Erased Tapes.

The music in Two Trains embraces the spirit of the original European avant-garde and invokes these concepts in its chugging rhythms, metallic clangs and brooding choral arrangements (men's choruses are a distinctly Icelandic phenomena related to the national/romantic politics of the 19th and 20th century) while the lyrics speak of ominous clouds on the war-ridden eastern horizon and freight cars filled with gravel and dreams.



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