When Asheville electronic producer wrote of his North Carolina lifestyle for our Friends With Benefits series, he cited an ability to undergo “long stretches of uninterrupted seclusion” as part of his inspiration in writing music and for staying in the rural tourist destination city. Given the title (“Mountain Child”) of fellow Ashevillian musician RBTS Win's contribution to the split EP with Carroll, it feels safe to call them brothers of the secluded South.
Each artist contributes a track and a remix to the EP. RBTS Win's “Mountain Child” is a fussy blend of electronica and backwoods Americana, often recognized as folktronica, about a feral youth, while Carroll's “The Hunter” is less born of southern Appalachia and more of an escapist venture touching on the same psychedelic IDM as Dan Snaith's Caribou project. While both artists offer impressive contributions, we're more akin to the remixes as they show a great deal of respect and care in the handling of a fellow local musician's work.
The RBTS Win/Marley Carroll split EP is out January 27. Preorder the EP on Marley Carroll's Bandcamp.