Windy & Carl

Windy & Carl

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Cited as "A leading light of the Michigan space-rock scene" by Allmusic, the minimalist group formed in 1993 around the core husband-and-wife duo of guitarist Carl Hultgren and bassist/singer Windy Weber. (Most of the band's pieces feature no vocals, however.) The band was prolific from the outset up to 2001, whereupon they took a hiatus of a few years.

The music of Windy & Carl borrows heavily from the sounds of 1980s era bands on 4AD Records, specifically that of Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins and various other dream pop and shoegazer acts.

Unlike noteworthy prior drone/ambient artists (such as Cluster, Brian Eno, Popol Vuh, et al.), Windy & Carl's drones are primarily derived from guitar, particularly via usage of delay effects, reverb effects, and E-Bow, rather than synthesizers. Another noteworthy aspect of W&C's sound is the absence of drums.
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Windy & Carl Discography

Albums

Windy & Carl Portal (Album) Blue Flea US 1995 Sell This Version
Windy & Carl Drawing Of Sound (Album) Icon US 1996 Sell This Version
Windy & Carl Antarctica (The Bliss Out, Vol. 2) Darla Records US 1997 Sell This Version
Windy & Carl Depths (Album) Kranky US 1998 Sell This Version
Windy & Carl Consciousness (Album) Kranky US 2001 Sell This Version
MF009 Windy + Carl* / Landing Windy + Carl* / Landing - Untitled(CD, Album, Ltd) Music Fellowship MF009 US 2001 Sell This Version
BlueFlea 11, TOTTER005 Windy & Carl & The Lothars Windy & Carl & The Lothars - Windy & Carl & The Lothars(CD) Blue Flea, Wobbly Music BlueFlea 11, TOTTER005 US 2001 Sell This Version
BlueFlea 13 Windy & Carl with Christy Romanick Windy & Carl with Christy Romanick - Akimatsuri(CD, Album, Ltd) Blue Flea BlueFlea 13 US 2006 Sell This Version
Windy & Carl Songs For The Broken Hearted (Album) Kranky US 2008 Sell This Version
MF38 Windy & Carl / Heavy Winged Windy & Carl / Heavy Winged - Monolith: Earth(LP, S/Sided, Pic + CD) Music Fellowship MF38 US 2008 Sell This Version
BlueFlea 017 Windy & Carl Instrumentals For The Broken Hearted(LP, Ltd) Blue Flea BlueFlea 017 US 2009 Sell This Version
Windy & Carl We Will Always Be (Album) Kranky US 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

blue flea 1 Windy + Carl* Water Song(7", Ltd, Num) Blue Flea blue flea 1 US 1993 Sell This Version
SINGE 001 Windy And Carl* Instrumentals EP(7", EP, Ltd, Num, Red) Burnt Hair SINGE 001 US 1994 Sell This Version
Füxa / Windy + Carl* Füxa / Windy + Carl* - Dreamlanding / Left Without Air Mind Expansion, Blue Flea US 1995 Sell This Version
Windy & Carl Emerald Enraptured UK 1995 Sell This Version
RAPT4509 Windy & Carl / Grimble Grumble Windy & Carl / Grimble Grumble - Enraptured Yuletide Forty Five EP(7", Ltd, Whi) Enraptured RAPT4509 UK 1996 Sell This Version
SINGE 007 Windy + Carl* / Hopewell Windy + Carl* / Hopewell - Green / Jim Laffin(7", Ltd, Whi) Burnt Hair SINGE 007 US 1996 Sell This Version
Silver Apples / Windy & Carl Silver Apples / Windy & Carl - I Have Known Love / Crazy In The Sun (Single) Rocket Girl UK 1997 Sell This Version
Windy & Carl A Dream Of Blue (MiniAlbum) Ochre Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Blue Flea 09 Windy & Carl / AMP Windy & Carl / AMP - Windy & Carl / AMP(CD, EP) Blue Flea Blue Flea 09 US 1998 Sell This Version
wormSS7 Windy And Carl* / Saddar Bazaar Windy And Carl* / Saddar Bazaar - Noises From The Darkroom(12") Earworm wormSS7 UK 2000 Sell This Version
20 (Gulliver Whiskey 20) Windy & Carl / Electroscope Windy & Carl / Electroscope - Gulliver Whiskey 20(7", Single, Ltd) Jonathon Whiskey 20 (Gulliver Whiskey 20) UK 2001 Sell This Version
blue flea 13, TQR&R 011 Windy + Carl* / Frankie & The S.E.M.M. Windy + Carl* / Frankie & The S.E.M.M. - Split X-Mas 7" + Bonus CD-ROM(7", EP, Ltd, Gre + CDr, CD-ROM, Ltd) Blue Flea, Top Quality Rock & Roll blue flea 13, TQR&R 011 US 2002 Sell This Version
Windy & Carl The Dream House / Dedications To Flea (EP) Kranky US 2005 Sell This Version

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Alastis

Alastis

December 14, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
As it turns out, few people on Discogs ever heard of W&C. Which, to me, is quite sad.
They are, what i would call "The Wire" band. It means that if you love to read magazine called "The Wire" (or visiting their website often), you already know who they are. W&C are producing music since the early 90's, but yet to achieve any sort of success outside of indie/avantgarde circle. Their music is mostly about guitar drones (+ female vocals, appearing in some songs), but not in the vein of, say, Maeror Tri or Final, with more warmth/emotion and less emphasis on abstraction. They are not strictly shoegaze band, but if you're into Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine, you have to listen to any of their CDs.

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