Hibernate Recordings have created quite a niche for themselves since their 2009 inception. They deal in lovingly packaged music in and around ambient, electro-acoustic and experimental genres. Based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and run by Jonathan Lees, Hibernate is a small label with a big heart, managing to issue some 30 records in its short lifespan, some of which are sold out. Some notable LP’s include the Kanshin compilation, put together to raise money for earthquake victims in Japan and works by the likes of Strom Noir, Simon James French and Tom White. This imprint shows no sign of abating, following a recent move to release records on vinyl, Offthesky’s excellent ‘The Beautiful Nowhere’ is due soon as is new material from Talvihorros. For this article, Jonathan found some time between running Hibernate, and its sister label Rural Colours, to talk about his favourite records that might have slipped under your radar.
Clem Leek – Home Again – Live Sessions (Self Released)
Beautiful piano pieces from a live session recorded at Benenden Church, Kent in February 2011
Herzog – Young lungs against the sea (Self Released)
Sparse piano-led electro-acoustic soundscapes and glitchy, unsettling atmospheres.
Listening Mirror – Wet Roads (Audio Gourmet)
Misty drones play out over the echo of human voices and echoing piano.
Maps & Diagrams – The Voices of time (Handstiched)
Incredible organic soundscapes.
Gareth Hardwick – Sunday Afternoon (Low Point)
Beautiful drone recorded in a single take using lap steel guitar.
Swartz Et – Nighttide (Utter East)
Lush guitar led ambience
Woodworkings – Goodbye homes (Future Recordings)
A stunningly beautiful melancholic blend of ambient, modern classical & post-rock-ish fringes.
Ex Confusion – Too late, they are gone (Heat Death)
Slowly developing washes of looped guitar sounds mixed with effects and extended synth atmospheres.
Darren Harper – Suspended Memory (Self Released)
Dusty drones, fractured textures, broken loops, and micro tones pulled forth from guitar, synthesizer, chimes, Tibetan singing bowls, kalimba, and field recordings.
Isnaj Dui – Circle of sleep (FBox Recordings)
An hour-long piece that was set out to explore sleep states and recorded from a live performance at the National Gallery London back in February (Free Download)
Many thanks to Jonathan and the Hibernate Collective for taking the time for this article.