Coming soon: Sustainer – Taps

For the first time ever, we’re about to manage two physical releases in one year! Next up is a beautiful short record from Spanish artist Sustainer which features hand made packaging and a white vinyl effect CDr. To check out a preview, hit play above whilst you take a read over the press release below. This release will be up for pre-order on Wednesday 25th of November

Press release:
“Our next release is from Barcelona based artist Alex Alarcón, who has been recording as Sustainer since 2013. His work has appeared on labels such as Italic, Thinner, Enypnion and most recently the digital album ‘Radiolas’ on Room 40.
His sound is built around harmonic Ambient drones and in ‘Taps’, we are proud to present a short album of liquiform pieces which started life as tonal household objects, woven into a watery tapestry.

During the recording process, Alex searched for every resonant object in his home and found that metal, ceramic and crystal items were of particular use. These were struck with rubber-textile mallets and fed into a loop pedal via contact mics. Once these sounds and tones were collected, they were then carefully polished into fluid timbres, using various techniques.
He strived to create a record made entirely from the sounds of his environment, using his home as an instrument. He wanted to create textures that reflected the peace of home which could only be achieved there, since outdoor field recordings can be so noisy at times.

The final body of work serves as a wonderfully distant yet intimate soundtrack which is best enjoyed inside. Allow the dissolved melting pot of the various ‘taps’ to flow slowly; a viscous landscape for quiet contemplation.”

Catalog number: TSR008
Released 9th December 2015
Written and produced by Alex Alarcón
Mastering by Chris Leary, Melograf Mastering
Cover photography by Alex Alarcón
Packaging design by Harry Towell


Polaroid Notes – Sea Shores


After the release of our third volume of the Earthtones compilation series, we are pleased to announce our next physical edition ‘Sea Shores’ by German artist Polaroid Notes.
Officially released on the 19th May in a limited run of 100 copies. The packaging is a retro vinyl-effect CD with circular matt-white sleeves and double-sided artwork inside, designed by 1 0 0 5 2 0

To hear a preview, click play on the Soundcloud player below or click to play/purchase via Bandcamp above.

Press release:

Polaroid Notes is an artist born and raised in Munich, Germany and currently residing in the countryside near the Alps. Followers of our sister label Audio Gourmet will recall the artist’s debut EP ‘The Long Bright Dark’ and now we are proud to present the first full length Polaroid Notes album.

‘Sea Shores’ tries to capture the grandeur of the sea, its beauty and the deep unexplored secrets beyond. It reflects the transience of nature and its constant change. Whether it be towering mountains, expansive hot desert or the deep blue sea, the artist is influenced by the majestic width and overwhelming power of nature.
Sea Shores is cinematic in sound, as Polaroid Notes are spun from simple yet effected piano keys with wave upon wave of stark, arresting drones.

For this release, we have put together a limited edition package using retro vinyl-effect CDs with circular sleeves and stunningly minimal artwork by 0 1 0 0 5 2 0. There are just 100 copies available to the world and each copy is supplied with an immediate download which includes bonus black and white photographs for each track, taken by the artist between 1991 and 2015 at various lakes and sea-side locations including:
Bodensee, Chiemsee, Ammersee (all Bavaria/South Germany), Lake Geneva (Switzerland) Mediterranean Sea near Venice and Liguria (Italy) and Andalusia (Spain), Baltic Sea) and North Sea (North Germany), Atlantic Ocean (Bretagne/France)

released May 19, 2015
Written and produced by Polaroid Notes
Artwork by 0 1 0 0 5 2 0

TSR006 Various Artists – Earthtones 3 (Out Now!)

Today we are proud to announce the release of the third edition of our Earthtones compilation series! Click play above to listen or ‘buy’ on the player below:


“After a short period of hiatus, we’re pleased to at last announce another release which sees the return of our popular Earthtones series. Now at Volume 3, Earthtones as a series has notched up some 74 contributions from a truly international selection of modern Ambient music artists.

Earthtones cross sections a range of the sub-styles of Ambient music, from warm shimmering tones, to lightly abrasive noise with a mix of both the acoustic and the electronic. Modern classical, chamber music, field recordings, drones, electro-acoustic, glitch and space music all fall within the loose confides of this genre and we’re embracing it all.

Earthtones began as an expression of how the internet has sort of shrunk the world into a smaller place, where connection has made it possible to communicate; often the expansive physical geography can be forgotten. Earthtones retraces this ground via artists from all four corners of the globe with each track featuring a unique image taken by the artist in and around their location.

The money raised from this third edition will be pooled back into Tessellate Recordings, as we work towards releasing another physical edition in the near future. Watch this space!”

To check out this mammoth compilation, click play above or HERE to be directed to the release page.


Released 23 March 2015
Curated by Harry Towell
Mastered at Axist
Cover artwork by Darkroom”Earthtones is dedicated to the memory of Tim David Brice who passed in January 2014. Many of the artists involved with the Earthtones project had worked with him; may he rest in peace.”Special thanks to: Aaron, Anna, Andreas, Andy, Andrew B, Andrew K, Andrew O, David, Enrico, Gert, Giuseppe, Guy, James, Leigh, Leonardo, Lucho, Mark, Martin, Michael, Miguel, Ross, Sebastian, Stephane, Tim, Tracy,

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VLNA – Turquoise Threads (Reviews)

“Turquoise Thread IV” contains a forlorn whistle, the sound of dampened hope.  And yet, new textures keep appearing in the background, as if to say, notice, notice.  As long as music is being passed between the nations, there is still something to hold onto.”
Full review:

“In this day and age, the on-line exchange is a well-known way of collaborative music-making. But I doubt if this album really could have been made by‘ANY two people who had never met before’: these two unknown (?) artists clearly share their vision on what their music should sound like.”
Full review:

“Swirls of strings suggest an austere neoclassicism of environmental variation, while the irregular veins that run through almost all of the songs veer towards a puzzle composed of flickering electro-acoustic tiles, on which an ethereal female voice oozes sleepy syllables, just above the level of perception.”
Full review:

If for some reason you’ve missed it, you can check out ‘Turquoise Threads’ by clicking HERE

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We’ll send out the occasional email notifying you of forthcoming releases, projects and other notable things worth pointing out.

VLNA – Turquoise Threads

After a couple of weeks taking pre-orders, today we can announce that VLNA’s Turquoise Threads is out officially on Tessellate Recordings. We haven’t completely sold out just yet so there are a few remaining for grabs!

The release is our very first digipack and features photography by Peter Nejedly, sleeve design by Jonathan Lees of Hibernate and mastering by Fraser McGowan. Orders will start shipping from today!

This short, mysterious record could be best described as acoustic doom – a blend which will appeal to fans of Svarte GreinerRichard SkeltonKreng and various other records from the Miasmah catalog. The droning textures of strings, voice and guitar are joined by a bed of carefully placed electronics.

You can check out the full album by hitting play above, preview the Soundcloud sample below and take a look at the stunning packaging in the image gallery provided below

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VLNA are an anonymous pair of artists who began recording together back in 2008. The only previous glimpse of VLNA was in Volume One of our Earthtones series and now, we have the privilege of making their debut album Turquoise Threads available to the world after it lay dormant for so long. Hailing from two separate countries, they established a method of working through online communication channels and the sharing and adapting of recordings via file transfer sites. The artists behind this project had never recorded in the same room during the construction of this record and hadn’t even met until years later. 

The concept behind this work is sound-exchange and a record that could be made by any two people who had never met before in person, but communicating through different channels and producing sound as pieces of information sent back and forth. It sounds like a stream, a flux of sounds going from one end to another. 

The five tracks that make this record equate to a thick veil of atmospheric noir as the threads of adapted violin, guitar and voice intertwine. There is an aching darkness that sweeps this all too brief body of work that will appeal to fans of Svarte Greiner, Kreng and Richard Skelton.

TSR004 Various Artists – Earthtones (Out now!)

Today we can officially announce the release of the second installment of our Earthtones compilation! It’s taken us almost a year to the day to put together but we can assure you, it’s worth it! Click play above to listen or:



“Our next release on Tessellate sees the return of our on-going compilation series Earthtones. The second installment will be a similarly gargantuan 2 hour collection of tracks that cross sections the modern Ambient music scene. Earthtones Volume 2 builds our roster of far-flung international artists further with contributors from Scandinavia, Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

The Earthtones series spans the internet-based contemporary ambient music scene, with a concept that helps us concentrate more on the geography that lies between each artist. In making worldwide communication easier, the internet has made it easy to forget the sheer size of our planet.

As with last time, each track feature a bonus image of the artists’ local surroundings as a sort of post card to you, the listener. Some are of local landscapes, others are personal places of interest to the respective artist. When you download the album, these images will show with the tracks when you listen to them on your laptop or mp3 player and as the tracks change, you’ll transport across the globe and back again. As the series grows, the sheer enormity of this world will be ever more apparent – all too often forgotten thanks to internet collaboration.

As usual, all funds raised will go back into the label so that we can put together more physical releases”
Released 30 March 2014
“Earthtones is dedicated to the memory of Tim David Brice who passed in January 2014. Many of the artists involved with the Earthtones project had worked with him; may he rest in peace.”

Curated by Harry Towell
Mastered by Tobias Hellkvist (
Cover artwork by Harry Towell
Additional photography by artists unless stated otherwise

Special thanks to: Aditya, Alex, Ben, Darren H, Darren M, Darwin, Devin, Diego, Emil, Fletcher, Grzegorz, Jonathan, Jul, Julia, Katie, Kent, Marek, Matteo, Michael, Mike, Nicola A, Nicola F, Porya, René, Rezo, Stuart, Tobias, Tony, Yann

Below is a slideshow of the bonus images supplied by the artists involved, listing their location…

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