David Carter/The Witch Family Split Cassette / Mike Bruno LP
I won't claim to know much about this story, but listening to this cassette makes that rather unimportant. David Carter, who is no longer inhabiting the realm of the living, created the tracks on his side of this split cassette a few years back, and apparently just shelved them for a while to work on some other things. They are now seeing the light of day, much to our benefit. These songs kind of run the gamut from sparse, flat ambient tracks ("flat" is not meant in a negative way) to more psychedelic-tinged electronica with some really amazing synth-lines. The 7 tracks are raw and often minimalistic, but they are poignant and highly communicative.
Carter, however, felt like they were missing something, and enlisted Ryan Harris (The Witch Family) to remix and re-work them; those tracks, which are stunning in both their breadth and depth, occupy the other side of this cassette. The tape is amazing from beginning to end, and only gets better the more that you play it. Truly striking.
100% of the proceeds from the sales of this tape are going into pressing it on a deluxe 2xLP, with colored, 180-gram vinyl resting in a deluxe gatefold jacket with new artwork, a poster, and another CD of various artists doing some more remixes. Holy cow. Yes, please.
Damn, Haute Magie is just doing a lot of really impressive things, with a lot more to come (Bestovitch!). Definitely a label that you can be proud to support. You can stream some tracks from these releases in the Relics section of their website, and then buy them in the store.