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.
Limited Edition 12″ Clear Vinyl, comes with download code included in the sleeve:Once upon a time in the days of the Belgian Franc, Chantal Acda made the acquaintance Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie, and the two became fast friends through a mutual love of disco bowling, and 1970’s Danish scary movies. They first collaborated with vocals together on the infamous last track, ‘The Struggle’ on Mr. Wiltzie’s 2004 ‘The Dead Texan’ (kranky)
‘Alive’ is the first vinyl outing from Keith Wood’s Hush Arbors since his split 7″ with Jerusalem and the Starbaskets on The Great Pop Supplement back in 2008…
Hush Arbors is the project of Mr Keith Wood, a good friend of Blackest Rainbow, who has also played in Wooden Wand, Six Organs of Admittance, Zodiacs, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and with Thurston Moore. Hush Arbors ever evolving sound pretty much encapsulates everything he does with these other fine projects, but Keith has definitely got his own thing going on with his fine song writing skills, whether its delivered with his beautiful acoustic playing or wild electric shredding.
Donato Wharton is a composer based in London, UK. He has previously released three records for the Manchester and Berlin record label, City Centre Offices. The most recent of these was the 2006 release, ‘Body Isolations’.
‘A White Rainbow Spanning The Dark’ therefore marks his first publicly released work in five years and his first for Serein…
This sophomore release from Agnes Szelag (Evon, Dokuro) and Marielle Jakobsons (Darwinsbitch, Date Palms) is an album of astonishing fragile beauty and darker, more foreboding atmospheres. Following their critically acclaimed debut album, The Amber Sea (Digitalis, 2009) Fire Star was recorded during a snowstorm on Shasta Mountain April 6-9 2010. The duo performs on violin, cello, voices, harps, bells, and electronics. It is recorded by The Norman Conquest and mastered by Miles Boison.