The Sad Sisters (Relic 003)

by Mike Bruno

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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.

"The Sad Sisters" was originally released in 2009 on compact disc through the imprint Marygarden Tapes + Things; a label quite close to home, being Bruno's very own. Now you can own it on the format of its true calling.

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released January 31, 2012

All sounds by Mike Bruno
Front cover illustration by Amanda Boutourline
Mastered by Paul Christian

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