6 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's interesting how critics have pigeonholed Windy & Carl's music over the years. Back when British dream-pop was the indie fad, 1994's Portal was tagged as American shoegazing, and in the late ‘90s when the duo became Terrastock music fest regulars, they were categorized under the then prevalent "space-rock" term. And when writers were dubbing atmospherically meandering music as "post-rock," Windy & Carl's 2001 album Consciousness was lumped in with that trend as well. Refreshingly, this album has aged better than any of the buzzwords. Consciousness is a curious name for an album of woozy lullabies sure to lull many a listener into unconsciousness. That's not to say Windy & Carl's sixth outing is boring. At just under 40 minutes long, it spills over with Carl Hultgren's exhilarating guitar textures that envelop Windy Weber's lightly pulsing bass and featherweight vocals (on those rare moments of singing). Aptly titled, "The Sun" bathes Consciousness in radiating guitar layers that ripple brightly like luminous reflections on water. Likewise, "Elevation" unfolds continuously ascending tiers of beaming soundscapes. The title track is the prettiest flower of the bunch with its wavering sonic topography and impassioned melodies that will lovingly tear you apart.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's interesting how critics have pigeonholed Windy & Carl's music over the years. Back when British dream-pop was the indie fad, 1994's Portal was tagged as American shoegazing, and in the late ‘90s when the duo became Terrastock music fest regulars, they were categorized under the then prevalent "space-rock" term. And when writers were dubbing atmospherically meandering music as "post-rock," Windy & Carl's 2001 album Consciousness was lumped in with that trend as well. Refreshingly, this album has aged better than any of the buzzwords. Consciousness is a curious name for an album of woozy lullabies sure to lull many a listener into unconsciousness. That's not to say Windy & Carl's sixth outing is boring. At just under 40 minutes long, it spills over with Carl Hultgren's exhilarating guitar textures that envelop Windy Weber's lightly pulsing bass and featherweight vocals (on those rare moments of singing). Aptly titled, "The Sun" bathes Consciousness in radiating guitar layers that ripple brightly like luminous reflections on water. Likewise, "Elevation" unfolds continuously ascending tiers of beaming soundscapes. The title track is the prettiest flower of the bunch with its wavering sonic topography and impassioned melodies that will lovingly tear you apart.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

jjiimmee ,

well...

i bought the album about two weeks ago, and i must say this album is magnificent!

Poppacultcha ,

Love the music, but what's up with the clicks and pops?

Just bought this album, and it's lovely - very spacey and hypnotic. BUT - it's seriously marred by these clicks and pops on the tracks, like an MP3 that's been passed around the internet a million times and has been corrupted. On rock music it wouldn't matter so much but this stuff kinda needs to be pristine - it's so distracting! I'm very sad because I like the music so much!

ElderDeef ,

My Zen

First I wanted to say that the pops and clicks the other reviewer mentioned no longer exist. It has been fixed. I bought it long ago off iTunes with no such problem.

I bought this album so long ago and have listened to it so many times that I don't even remember my life without it now. If you like rhythm or recognizable and singable melodies, this album is not for you. But if you enjoy letting the music take you wherever it's going, not forcing it to be something else, I guarrentee you will love this record. Buy the whole album so you can get the title track. I love music more than I can speak and feel, but Consciousness is by far my most highly regarded keepsake.

We live in a world that is constantly trying to vie for our attention, and it wears you down. When I need to be rejuvenated and start fresh, this album is my zen; it is the grandest consummation of sound I have ever come across, and it gives me peace like nothing else ever could.

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