Public House Recordings Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
We like lots of labels here at Ye Olde Normanporium Of Fine Musicke™, but Public House Recordings is probably the one that we like most of all, and that’s because it’s ours. Sometime around the beginning of the 2010s, Phil decided that there were a lot of records being released which weren’t getting the vinyl pressings that they deserved. Thus founded he Public House, an imprint specialising in setting previously-released music to wax for the first time.
The first Public House release was The Declining Winter’s ‘Goodbye Minnesota’, a set of experimental post-rock that had previously emerged through Rusted Rail in 2008. ‘Goodbye Minnesota’ is a painterly record full of pastoral ambiences and hushed ballads, and many of the subsequent Public House drops have conjured similar feelings even as the stylistic net has been cast wider. From the cerebral electronics of Bracken’s ‘Exist/Resist’ to Epic45’s downtempo musings, Karen Gwyer’s off-kilter techno to Plinth’s music box curios, Public House’s tomes tend to err on the pretty side.
You’ll also notice that the releases have unusual catalogue numbers - rather than, say, PHIL001, you get things like ‘Shoulder Of Mitten 1’ and ‘Hartley Arms 2’. These names are chosen in homage to a pub or bar that the artist holds particularly dear. Maybe you could even try tracking down the boozer in question and get them to put the corresponding record for a more complete listening experience...