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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03 Windy & Carl - Portal  album art Windy & Carl Portal (Album) Blue Flea 03 US 1994 Sell This Version
IC126 Windy & Carl - Drawing Of Sound album art Windy & Carl Drawing Of Sound (Album) Icon IC126 US 1996 Sell This Version
DRL 027-2 Windy & Carl - Antarctica (The Bliss Out, Vol. 2) album art Windy & Carl Antarctica (The Bliss Out, Vol. 2) (Album) Darla Records DRL 027-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
KRANK 024 Windy & Carl - Depths album art Windy & Carl Depths (Album) Kranky KRANK 024 US 1998 Sell This Version
KRANK 045, krank045 Windy & Carl - Consciousness album art Windy & Carl Consciousness (Album) Kranky, Kranky KRANK 045, krank045 US 2001 Sell This Version
MF009 Windy & Carl - Untitled album art Windy + Carl* / Landing Windy + Carl* / Landing - Untitled(CD, Album, Ltd) Music Fellowship MF009 US 2001 Sell This Version
BlueFlea 11, TOTTER005 Windy & Carl - Windy & Carl & The Lothars album art 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 - Akimatsuri album art Windy & Carl with Christy Romanick Windy & Carl with Christy Romanick - Akimatsuri (Album) Blue Flea BlueFlea 13 US 2006 Sell This Version
krank125 Windy & Carl - Songs For The Broken Hearted album art Windy & Carl Songs For The Broken Hearted (Album) Kranky krank125 US 2008 Sell This Version
MF38 Windy & Carl - Monolith: Earth album art 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 album art Windy & Carl Instrumentals For The Broken Hearted Blue Flea BlueFlea 017 US 2009 Sell This Version
BLFL18 Windy & Carl - Windy And Carl album art Windy And Carl* Windy And Carl (MiniAlbum) Blue Flea BLFL18 US 2012 Sell This Version
KRANK163LP Windy & Carl - We Will Always Be album art Windy & Carl We Will Always Be (Album) Kranky KRANK163LP US 2012 Sell This Version
none Windy & Carl - Live In Tucson, AZ (5-31-2009) album art Windy & Carl Live In Tucson, AZ (5-31-2009) (Album) Blue Flea none US 2013 Sell This Version
none Windy & Carl - Godzilla Of Snow / Witch And A Cauldron album art Windy & Carl Godzilla Of Snow / Witch And A Cauldron Blue Flea, Blue Flea none US 2016 Sell This Version
none Windy & Carl - Blues For A UFO album art Windy & Carl Blues For A UFO Not On Label (Windy & Carl Self-released) none US 2017
KRANK226 Windy & Carl - Allegiance And Conviction album art Windy And Carl* Allegiance And Conviction (Album) Kranky KRANK226 US 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

blue flea 1 Windy & Carl - Water Song album art Windy + Carl* Water Song Blue Flea blue flea 1 US 1993 Sell This Version
SINGE 001 Windy & Carl - Instrumentals EP album art Windy And Carl* Instrumentals EP(7", EP, Ltd, Num, Red) Burnt Hair SINGE 001 US 1994 Sell This Version
MIND EXPANSION 003, BLUE FLEA 04 Windy & Carl - Dreamlanding / Left Without Air album art Füxa / Windy + Carl* Füxa / Windy + Carl* - Dreamlanding / Left Without Air Mind Expansion, Blue Flea MIND EXPANSION 003, BLUE FLEA 04 US 1995 Sell This Version
RAPT4501 Windy & Carl - Emerald album art Windy & Carl Emerald Enraptured RAPT4501 UK 1995 Sell This Version
RAPT4509 Windy & Carl - Enraptured Yuletide Forty Five EP album art 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 - Green / Jim Laffin album art Windy + Carl* / Hopewell Windy + Carl* / Hopewell - Green / Jim Laffin(7", Ltd, Whi) Burnt Hair SINGE 007 US 1996 Sell This Version
OCH017 Windy & Carl - A Dream Of Blue album art Windy & Carl A Dream Of Blue (MiniAlbum) Ochre Records OCH017 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Rgirl 1 Windy & Carl - I Have Known Love / Crazy In The Sun album art Silver Apples / Windy & Carl Silver Apples / Windy & Carl - I Have Known Love / Crazy In The Sun (Single) Rocket Girl Rgirl 1 UK 1997 Sell This Version

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SwitcherooU

SwitcherooU

June 6, 2019
Learned of Windy & Carl via one of the Enraptured label's Bedroom Ambience compilations, which I can't recommend highly enough. Those compilations have pointed me toward so many talented and totally unknown artists.
wmsts

wmsts

December 10, 2018
edited 10 months ago
W&C give some hint as to the magnitude of musical spaces yet to be explored. Great music for concentration too - I aced ancient Greek in college, and my secret was studying to the sounds of Antarctica and A Dream of Blue.

On a side note, if anyone knows Josh who used to work at Q is for Choir in SE Portland back in the early-to-mid aughts please tell him I’d like my one-off live CD (that Carl made for me) back. Not very nice to borrow and then keep it. Thanks.
gsheputis

gsheputis

November 18, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
Fantastic meditations on the good, easy, melancholy & dreamy side of life through music. Perfect for a Sunday morning..........and then breakfast !
Alastis

Alastis

December 14, 2004
edited over 17 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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