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David Carter / The Witch Family split [cassette]


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Although David Carter has passed on to unknown planes, his singular aural creation will live on in his place, eternally. Leaving this mortal coil in early 2011, these recordings have been in our possession for the greater part of two years. This release comes out today with a slightly heavy heart, only in that David will never be granted the opportunity to hold the first incarnation of his work in a physical format.

These amazing, minimal-yet-lush soundscapes and compositions have an unearthly flow, bleeding into the background and raining footfalls down upon the ashen back alleys of a city lost to silence. Ranging from drifting ambience to hallucinogenic barrels of sound, the seven tracks which make up this tape (originally slated to fall under the project name "Terra Firma") truly do run the gamut of sounds available to most musicians today.

After recording this album sometime between 2008 and 2009, David up and sold all of his audio equipment to form an online magazine & a post-based mail-order dedicated to obscure and often deviant Horror DVDs and VHS tapes. Being the only known recordings he created prior to his death in March of 2011, the scattered, somehow raw and uncut quality to some portions of the tracks remains as elusive as ever, finding a true basis in the obscurity other musicians attempt to force and flaunt. Minimalistic, driving, defiant in their own way... a truly defined gem.

Finding that his work needed something 'extra', David approached Austin-based musician and producer Ryan Harris(Cazukay, Ghost Fires, Super Black Moon), asking if he would remix and rework the tracks. That, he certainly did. With the finesse and determination of some of the world's finest audio wizards, Ryan managed to take these sparse, deafening pieces and utterly transform them into the soundtrack for another dimension; floating, lush, ambient droves of percussion, synthwork, and worlds of organic effects the human mind would never dream of. By June of 2010, Ryan had perfected the remixes of David's work, and both came together to form an electronic masterpiece worthy of all of the Godfathers teaching & preaching of mechanical sounds before them.

Sadly, due to personal reasons beyond our comprehension, David's state of being began to deteriorate, and less than a year later, he slipped away in his sleep, leaving behind an untold legacy, and an unknown potential for becoming one of the most important names in modern electronic music today.

Disheartening, yes; regardless, Haute Magie is honoured and proud to head the task of bringing these recordings to light. With Ryan Harris (operating for this release under the moniker "The Witch Family"), we present to the world the only known work of David Carter, and a re-envisioning of that work so absolutely in line and touch with the original that after the first few listens, one's mind will not be able to differentiate between one artist or track and the next.

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