Bad Braids “Supreme Parallel”
Out May 1st on CD
Pre-order the CD: http://hautemagie.com/relics/029/
Pre-order the download: http://stream.hautemagie.com/album/supreme-parallel-relic-029
Stream “Ships”: https://soundcloud.com/hautemagie/bad-braids-ships-supreme
Bad Braids and Mike Bruno tour Europe 5/11 - 6/11http://hautemagie.com/live/
Mike Bruno + The Black Magic Family Band - “The Willing of the Wisps”
Mike Bruno and the Black Magic Family Band deliver a huge dark-psychedelic, weirdo-folk cassette on Haute Magie. With twelve tracks, the tape covers a lot of ground for Bruno and the group. At points the album is incredibly sedated and heavy while at others it ventures upwards and moves to become much spacier, always retaining its antique feel. Bruno’s hugely emotional, reverb-drenched vocals contrasted by simple flowing guitar melodies give a giant space to the most mournful lines in tracks such as “In the Shade” and “The Boy Who Cried Worth”. These are juxtaposed with interludes by the Family Band with instrumentals such as the floating “Loose Web” and incredibly grounding resolution of “Midnight River Hags.” The entire album festers under a sea of degraded tape noise. It manages to sing out something that feels entirely familiar, not quite nostalgic, but entirely eventual. Definitely earthy-smelling.
As of Nov 13th, 6 copies remain of the cassette re-issue. Pick up one here before they’re gone forever. Theres a big sale and stuff so don’t make excuses.
Lovely review from ATTN Attention!
The second edition of the Bathaus tapes are here! This time we have a very limited handful of ten copies in this translucent blood red shade. Get them while they last! 20 copies each of the green & blue, as well.
A bird is flying above the surf, floating still in the morning light, as an indie movie director walks along the water debating if his new mellow dramatic adult teen drama is going to be a success. Smoking a cigarette he pauses for a moment and watches as the sun rises while his cig’s cherry climbs towards the filter. His wool beanie has become damp from the coasts humidity. The cigarette ashes itself all over his chin as he drops to his knees and realizes the soundtrack needs to be better!
No worries dude! That is why bands like Sea Birds exist! Banjo, guitar, piano jams that are accompanied with super beautiful vocals! There Are Things To Come I Can’t Imagine is the perfect soundtrack to another movie starring Lou Pucci as he runs into the sunset and looks back as his much older one true love lets him go so he can “Live His Life”. Lets just say these songs are delicate, fragile, tender, pretty, and are nice to hear for a change as they come across as quite genuine. Almost an ode to the best qualities Sufjan Steven’s presented in his early days!
My favorite track on here is probably “Cloaks” which is a grand piano song driven by a metronome. It’s covered in tape fuzz which melts with the piano sustain just right for this beautiful nostalgic feel. You can almost feel the 16mm whirring!
I also like the way the guitar is produced on here, it pans around in headphones really nicely and feels like you are encased in this soft bedroom with animated wallpaper. Serpentine, the last song on the EP is a simple little duet that is quite nice and reminiscent of the most precious Plan-It-X recording artists.
In the end this is a very pleasant EP released by Austin based label Haute Magie. It’s guaranteed to get you a Sundance film festival win if you want it. The tape is beautifully packaged and pro-dubbed! How bout that! Limited to 125 copies, grab one while you can!
Black magic has always been shrouded in mystery and known for conjuring up all sorts of chaos and mischief. However, I know it’s not all bad, or I feel that something can’t be all-bad. Although negative connotations surround the blacker side of magic it’s probably been used for some pretty cool stuff in the past! Like “The Black Magic Family Band” a cool New England area band that has an album called A Magical World Of Animals And Spirits out in cassette and LP form on Haute Magie.
I find a lot of bands I like in A Magical World Of Animals And Spirits. There is so much going on here. At times this sounds like some doomy folk band, but at other times it sounds like a smiths influenced gloom country act. TBMFB even toss in bizarre new age delayed flutes and confuse the hell out of the listener, all while people are chattering in the background of some house where this jammer was recorded. I will even go as far to say that this is a Burzum influenced Parentherical Girls fan club gone wild.
To be honest, I can’t really pin this. I like it! I genuinely like it, but it’s all over the place even though the sound is uniform on each performance! Maybe it’s the simple recording style or the weird woodwinds stuck in odd gaps between wacked out drones. I have no idea what is going on, but one thing is for sure. This is occult, confusing, dark, heavy, and people clap on the tape so it’s worth checking out!
The tape looks nice and it comes shrink wrapped, it is also this strange grey color, RARE! Lo-fi charcoal drawing to boot!
If your name is Amy, come say hi…
From the new cassette The Willing of the Wisps