Awkward Silence Recordings

Awkward Silence Recordings

Profile:
Awkward Silence Recordings is an independent record label based in Kent in the south-east of England, which was started in 1999 and is run by just one person, John, who has also been invloved with running other indie labels past and present.

The label was set up to release limited edition split singles/EPs and focussed on featuring an artist who had released music on other labels on one side and then an unknown often quite similar sounding artist on the other. The very first release featured the influential German electronic artist Arovane, at the time when he was just breaking through with the album 'Atol Scrap' with the worldwide debut release by the then unknown Christian Kleine (now signed to Morr Music / City Centre Offices and half of Herrmann & Kleine) on the other side.

This continued throughout the catalogue, most notably with Papa M's (David Pajo) split single with UK underground post-rock band Unhome, long before the Slint reunions, and more recently with melodic electronic act ISAN releasing an EP with the excellent Tomcats In Tokyo from France.

Awkward Silence has always been run as a hobby-label with releases appearing as and when the time felt right, often with long gaps between discs and then with two or more new singles appearing in shops on the same day! The label was also a firm favourite with John Peel, who played tracks regularly on his BBC Radio 1 shows.

The artwork on all releases has always followed the same pattern with the main image usually being submitted by one of the musical artists on the release with everything printed in monochrome colours. All releases up to number 18 were on 7" vinyl and then the switch was made to 3" CDs housed in cute mini m-lock CD cases in 2005. Short run vinyl pressing prices were proving restrictive and the new digital format meant that more music could be included on each release, now up to 21 minutes.

The label now has a back catalogue of over 30 split releases featuring over 60 artists from all over the world, many of whom are well-respected and have gone on to have successes elsewhere.

Two missing catalogue numbers belongs to non-musical items:
cat. no. awkward 09 - Awkward Silence Recordings mouse mat. A Christmas present to the label from within the Awkward Silence family in 2001. Limited edition of 1 only.
cat. no. awkward 13 - Limited edition Awkward Silence Recordings T-shirt. It includes the computer logo on the front breast with the label name and website address on the back, and each one is finished off with 'is t-shirt' on the lower front left-hand side. Each shirt also comes with its own catalogue number ID tag. Edition of 100 in total.

All of the early split 7" releases on Awkward Silence have recently been reissued on the 3" CD format.
They all feature their original artwork images and sleeve notes, and match the current split 3" CDs in the cute clear cases, meaning that all releases are back in print once again although each is a limited edition.

The label is now also offering all releases via digital download and remaining of the physical stock from its own Bandcamp page.
Contact Info:
info@awkwardsilencerecordings.com
Sites:
[l516]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
awkward 01 Yeer / Disper  album cover Arovane & Christian Kleine Arovane & Christian Kleine - Yeer / Disper awkward 01 UK 2000 Sell This Version
awkward 02 Series 1 / Series 1 (Reworked)  album cover Yellow6 & Portal Yellow6 & Portal - Series 1 / Series 1 (Reworked) awkward 02 UK 2000 Sell This Version
awkward 03 Naming Stars / Naming Stars (Reworked)  album cover Portal & Yellow6 Portal & Yellow6 - Naming Stars / Naming Stars (Reworked) awkward 03 UK 2000 Sell This Version
awkward 04 Sets And Rises / Rises And Sets  album cover Tarentel & Lilienthal Tarentel & Lilienthal - Sets And Rises / Rises And Sets(7", Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 04 UK 2000 Sell This Version
awkward 05 Untitled  album cover Lowfish & Schengen Lowfish & Schengen - Untitled awkward 05 UK 2001 Sell This Version
awkward 06 Untitled  album cover Epic45 & 100 Pets Epic45 & 100 Pets - Untitled (Single) awkward 06 UK 2001 Sell This Version
awkward 07 Untitled  album cover Skanfrom & Brioche Kretzaal Skanfrom & Brioche Kretzaal - Untitled awkward 07 UK 2001 Sell This Version
awkward 08 Untitled  album cover Accelera Deck & Sybarite Accelera Deck & Sybarite - Untitled(7", Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 08 UK 2001 Sell This Version
awkward 10 Untitled  album cover Papa M & Unhome Papa M & Unhome - Untitled(7", Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 10 UK 2002 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 11 Untitled  album cover Lusine Icl* & The Buddy System Lusine Icl* & The Buddy System - Untitled AWKWARD 11 UK 2002 Sell This Version
awkward 12 Untitled  album cover Bauri & Novel 23 Bauri & Novel 23 - Untitled (EP) awkward 12 UK 2002 Sell This Version
awkward 14 Untitled  album cover Cathode & OJN Cathode & OJN - Untitled awkward 14 UK 2002 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 15 Untitled  album cover The Workhouse & Souvaris The Workhouse & Souvaris - Untitled(7", Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 15 UK 2003 Sell This Version
awkward 16 Untitled  album cover The Marcia Blaine School For Girls* & D_rradio The Marcia Blaine School For Girls* & D_rradio - Untitled awkward 16 UK 2003 Sell This Version
awkward 17 Part Chimp & Joeyfat  album cover Part Chimp & Joeyfat Part Chimp & Joeyfat - Part Chimp & Joeyfat(7", Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 17 UK 2004 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 18 Untitled  album cover Stafrænn Hákon & Emery Reel Stafrænn Hákon & Emery Reel - Untitled(7", Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 18 UK 2004 Sell This Version
awkward 19 Untitled  album cover Maps And Diagrams* & Verbose Maps And Diagrams* & Verbose - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 19 UK 2005 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 20 Untitled  album cover Nautilis & Uga Nautilis & Uga - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 20 UK 2005 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 21 Untitled  album cover Tomcats In Tokyo & ISAN Tomcats In Tokyo & ISAN - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 21 UK 2005 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 23 Untitled  album cover Matthew Rozeik & Ylid Matthew Rozeik & Ylid - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 23 UK 2005 Sell This Version
awkward 24 Untitled  album cover Cheju & Shoosh Cheju & Shoosh - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 24 UK 2007 Sell This Version
awkward 25 Untitled  album cover Kimonophonic & Dunaewsky69 Kimonophonic & Dunaewsky69 - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 25 UK 2008 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 26 Untitled  album cover The Flowers Of Hell & Will Carruthers The Flowers Of Hell & Will Carruthers - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 26 UK 2008 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 26P Untitled  album cover The Flowers Of Hell & Will Carruthers The Flowers Of Hell & Will Carruthers - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Promo) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 26P UK 2008 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 27 Untitled  album cover Milieu & The Dandelion Council Milieu & The Dandelion Council - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 27 UK 2008 Sell This Version
Awkward 28 Untitled  album cover Manual & Orange Crush Manual & Orange Crush - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings Awkward 28 UK 2008 Sell This Version
awkward 29 Untitled  album cover Porn Sword Tobacco & Downstate Porn Sword Tobacco & Downstate - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 29 UK 2009 Sell This Version
awkward 30 Untitled  album cover Absent Without Leave & Landshipping Absent Without Leave & Landshipping - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 30 UK 2010 Sell This Version
awkward 31 Untitled  album cover Fonogram & Konntinent Fonogram & Konntinent - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 31 UK 2010 Sell This Version
awkward 32 Untitled  album cover Sense & Min-Y-Llan Sense & Min-Y-Llan - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 32 UK 2011 Sell This Version
awkward 33 Untitled  album cover Kaneel & Lackluster Kaneel & Lackluster - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 33 UK 2011 Sell This Version
Awkward 34 Untitled  album cover Fieldtriqp & Christ. Fieldtriqp & Christ. - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings Awkward 34 UK 2011 Sell This Version

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twisted-TXB

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November 23, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
Similar to labels like Static Caravan, Awkward Silence Recordings focuses on high quality singles by indie artists that share the same taste for great music, ranging from quiet idm to indie rock. Too bad they switched the format from 7" to 3"CDr lately, which in my opinion make the releases less collectable. At least they kept their trademark Ziplock packaging.