Awkward Silence


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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.

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  • vglanda

    Nice little gems.

    June 2010
  • udenied

    staff from awkward silence, you have to listen to (aura), the debut is just fabulous: or download it directly from Abutre Netlabel: I believe you'll love it. It's a conceptual album - an imaginary soundtrack - inspired by a gorgeous photowork (the release features the photos). It is quite experimental and goes from Post/ instrumental rock, to classic music, electronica, atmospheric, etc...

    January 2009
  • craque

    these are awesome releases

    April 2008
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