Here’s a rather tasty slab of vinyl from the Haute Magie label that includes Black 12″ vinyl with red centre labels & black ink / white inner sleeves & full colour jackets / glossy black & white 11.5″ x 11.5″ insert – full lyrics & liner notes. Limited to 500 copies…
There are a few albums which one will come across in their lifetime that will truly make an impact and leave a mark so definitive that the songs themselves become a part of every day’s rhythm. Like Mike Bruno’s “Black Horses”, these pieces are dark travellers in and of their own rite, littering the fairgrounds of mental carnivals across the world with their sweet lullabies and whispered whinnies.
As a label, to be able to finally put this album out on the proper format is not only a privilege, but also a blessing, and most certainly an honour. These three words may have internal ties with each other, but when it comes to sharing The Sad Sisters with the rest of the world, all three have their own foothold in this fantastical forest of aural delights.
These tracks play their roles on this album quite well; each tells its own separate story, but weaves itself so well into the next that you may as well be listening to a single piece. Even the moment when the arm lifts from the record and the inevitable trip to the turntable commences, one finds oneself with a sense of anticipation and eagerness, rather than annoyance. Wine glasses sound in a heavenly chorus, slipping in and out of the headspace left from the beat of the strings (or wings) of Bruno’s guitar, simultaneously intricate and minimalistic, ultimately dark, and thoroughly uplifting. A voice of no small effort, at times harsh and others lulling, places complex melodies and harmonies alongside ambient washes of an otherwise quiet room’s natural sound, making way for the defined, powerful oscillations of synthesisers and instruments of unknown origin.
BR worked with Adam Kriney of La Otracina and Owl Xounds on the Owl Xounds/Family Battle Snake split cassette back in May 2007, and its great to have this raging free jazz improv psyche out bunch back on Blackest Rainbow again for this awesome LP.
Quadtych Volume One presents Parts One and Two of Cam Deasʼ colossal Quadtych for 12 string guitar, a four part piece spanning over 70 minutes in total.
Recorded in one evening at Londonʼs Roundhouse in December 2010 by Jack Allett, though over a year and a half since its initial sketches, it is his first composed work for 12 string guitar since the 2009 split tour LP with Spoono/Jack Allett on Blackest Rainbow.