Artist: Windy and Carl
Album: We Will Always Be
Windy and Carl have been making ambient music for about 20 years. If you added up all the long held notes that are on their albums you could create one long continuous musical road to the moon, or to the centre of the earth, or wherever your imagination wants to take you really. Thats the thing about ambient music, its not really about the music itself, as it strips all layers of conscious auditory thought, and activates the imagination triggers of the brain. So when seminal Michigan artists Windy and Carl release a new album you dont ask if its good, you ask how good your daydreams were.
Their album titles up to now have bordered on ambient music clichés: Portal, Drawing of Sound, Depths, Consciousness, and The Dream House, so its nice to have something a little more tangible to jump off from with We Will Always Be. It might make not make a whole lot of difference to some people what an ambient track is called, but its a nice start to a bubble map of the imagination when you have titles like Spires, Looking Glass, The Smell of Old Books, and Fainting in the Presence
of the Lord. As is most of W&Cs music, their drone mainly comes from guitar effects rather that the synthesizer. Thats mostly the case here although Im fairly certain that Im hearing a faint hint of synths on the tracks, but its really hard to tell as pedal effects seem to be getting closer and closer to synth territory anyway. Even still this is a soundscape album that puts a lot of effort to draw you away from what instruments youre hearing, so I dont even know why Im trying to interpret it. Describing the sound of the album almost seems like a futile exercise that may trap me into some clichés, so perhaps Ill just tell you my daydreams as I listened instead.
It snowed tonight in Vancouver so the heavy, sometimes somber mood, felt like a white blanket covering the atmosphere. It enveloped me but for some reason didnt make me cold. I felt warm, as if I could feel the sun on the outside of the heavy clouds, its presence felt between heavy accumulations of frozen moisture. Nature had attempted to thwart me today, but with We We Always Be as my soundtrack, it allowed me a brief glimpse of a better tomorrow, because the Sun is and always will be there, at least for the next 5 billion years.
– Michael Unger