Who exactly are Erased Tapes?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 16:36

Sitting somewhere between contemporary classical and ambient is Erased Tapes, the London record label that’s been nurturing avant-garde artists for a decade now. Whether it’s unconventional electronica or modern piano genius, they’ve released some of the defining music of the genres we cannot define.

Erased Tapes is ten.

Founded by German-born Robert Raths in 2007, Erased Tapes has grown from its humble beginnings, all the while remaining truly independent. They brought you the likes of Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm when their names were just a whisper on the scene, and they’re the label who continue to innovate with acts such as Dawn of Midi and A Winged Victory For The Sullen, treading the experimental music grounds like no other.

Over the last decade, Robert Raths’ label Erased Tapes has developed a sonic profile perfectly in step with the growing taste for quiet, meditative works on the cusp of ambient and chamber music
The Independent

The label’s pace has never faltered and the music they release has become even more expansive as the years have progressed. We could try to explain the music they share, the way it can get your heart pumping or calm down the rushing in your head, but it’s better heard than spoken of.

Kiasmos - Looped (Live in London)

Now Erased Tapes are celebrating their 10th birthday in a weekend at Southbank Centre, complete with a hand-picked line-up lifted from their excellent roster of artists who come from far and wide - Japan, Belgium, Iceland and Ukraine to name a few. 

So what can you expect to hear from this intercontinental haul of acts and artists? Arguably something of everything, from the haunting orchestral soundscapes of Penguin Cafe to Rival Console’s thrumming beats, via the atmospheric melodies of Kiasmos and the breakneck speed piano-playing of Lubomyr Melnyk.

Penguin Cafe: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Whether you’re a diehard fan or just looking to dip a toe into to the calming Erased Tapes waters, there is plenty to get involved with.

See the line-up

by Sevana Ohandjanian