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the timeless space of Windy & Carl

GIVEN THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT, IT’S EASY TO LOOK BACK NOW AND SEE HOW INVENTIVE THE 1990’S WERE MUSICALLY.  DESPITE OUR PREFERENCES AMONGST THE VARIOUS  STYLES,  THE DECADE GAVE US TRIP-HOP, GRUNGE, IDM/DRUM & BASS, BRITPOP, SHOEGAZE, A NEW GENERATION OF ‘ALT-COUNTRY’, NU METAL AND………’POST-ROCK’.  THOUGH WE’RE LOATH TO USE THE TERM, ‘POST-ROCK’* BREATHED NEW LIFE INTO THE EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC STARTED BY THE ‘KRAUTROCK’ GENERATION OF THE 1970’S, ONCE AGAIN TESTING THE IDEAS OF WHAT A BAND WITH CONVENTIONAL ‘ROCK INSTRUMENTATION’ COULD DO.                                                         * [perhaps we could just call it “drift”?]

MOST LIKELY WE’LL RETURN TO THE SUBJECT AGAIN IN FUTURE POSTS AS THERE ARE QUITE A FEW BANDS (MANY ON THE CHICAGO-BASED KRANKY LABEL) WE FEEL HAD A SOLID CULT-FOLLOWING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE WIDELY RECOGNIZED.  A FEW BANDS THAT HAVE BEEN (questionably we might add) LUMPED INTO THE GENRE; LABRADFORD, STARS OF THE LID, AMP, THIRD EYE FOUNDATION, HOOD, FLYING SAUCER ATTACK, ROTHKO, BOWERY ELECTRIC, MANUAL, DISCO INFERNO, WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY, AUBURN LULL, CUL DE SAC, BARK PSYCHOSIS AND WINDY & CARL.

WINDY &  CARL ARE A HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO FROM MICHIGAN THAT STILL PERFORM LOVELY WASHES OF SOUND TODAY‘FORMED’ IN 1993, THEY’VE RELEASED OVER 10 ALBUMS IN THE PAST 18 YEARS.  ONE OF OUR ENDURING FAVORITES IS THE 1997 ALBUM ANTARCTICA.  PART OF THE DARLA RECORDS “BLISS OUT” SERIES,  ANTARCTICA IS A TIMELESS EXAMPLE OF BEAUTIFUL AMBIENT SOUND.  IN THREE TRACKS SPANNING 40 MINUTES, WINDY & CARL SKILLFULLY CRAFT SURPRISINGLY FULL, MINIMALIST SONGS UTILIZING VERY SPARSE INSTRUMENTATION.  WAVES OF SHIMMERING GUITAR, BASS AND QUIET LOOPS BUILD AN ARRAY OF WARM DRONES AND SPACIOUS MELODIES THAT NEVER FEEL COLD OR DISTANT.  PERHAPS MORE LIKE A WARM BATH, OR A SOUNDTRACK FOR REMOTE VIEWING.

CHECK OUT ANTARCTICA, SEE IF ITS POWER TO LULL WORKS ON YOU.  AND IF YOU FIND YOURSELF NEAR DEARBORN MICHIGAN, STOP BY THEIR RECORD SHOP ‘STORMY RECORDS’.

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