Erased Tapes Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
You may have noticed the rise, in recent years, of the ‘contemporary classical’ genre. Generally speaking, this is an umbrella term for a couple of brands of post-minimalist composition - featherlight piano vignettes in the Ryuichi Sakamoto mould, stirring modern takes on chamber music, and pieces which fuse classical instrumentation with electronics. There are few labels who’ve done more for the style than Erased Tapes, the London-based imprint that was set up in 2007 by one Robert Raths.
A quick glance at the Erased Tapes roster tells you all you need to know about the calibre of their output. Artists like Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm are approaching ‘household name’ status at this point, while others such as A Winged Victory For The Sullen also exert great influence and Ben Lukas Boysen and Peter Broderick are highly respected among the musical underground. Erased Tapes’ recent move into more electronics-based output has also yielded fine results, with Daniel Brandt, Dawn Of Midi and Rival Consoles producing work that has expanded the label’s sound while still maintaining its adherence to deft art-music.