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After much deliberation this week involving many dubious considerations & stifled laughter we banged Windy & Carl's new CD on to stall the tidal wave of giddy mania & shredded nerves that ensued whilst trying to decide on AOTW. And you know what happened next? The office was swathed in a calm zen-like atmosphere of blissed out melancholy. Brett stopped shuddering after freezing at ...

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Songs For The Broken Hearted by Windy & Carl
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 03 October 2008
After much deliberation this week involving many dubious considerations & stifled laughter we banged Windy & Carl's new CD on to stall the tidal wave of giddy mania & shredded nerves that ensued whilst trying to decide on AOTW. And you know what happened next? The office was swathed in a calm zen-like atmosphere of blissed out melancholy. Brett stopped shuddering after freezing at home wrapped in Afghan layers, I stopped swearing insanely at all the stupid records that had come in and were burying my soul and young Anthony (officially still under 30 yrs) ceased weeping at the deluge of pointless e-mails asking if we could get one of 6 marbled crimson 8" lathe cuts by Albert Pigeon Fancier & the birdturds. This legendary husband & wife team have their fourth long player out for your delectation and it's an absolute gem stuffed with deep, mercurial drones, drifting sheets of silky somnulent sound, hushed wistful vocals (one song briefly reminds us of an old Sonic Youth track funnily enough!), cyclic guitar patterns....it's hard to pick out individual tracks for perusal as this kinda music woorks best as a sonic journey. For instance whilst immersing ourselves you realise at some point you're rendered a floating agog mess until the jarring track 'Rhodes' hits, a wall of gently discordant metallic drone noise that fluctuates in the most minimal way before it begins bubbling with Riley-esque undertones that your ears prick up to hear beyond the quietly industrial melee. On the much more subtle 'Champion', Windy's voice does remind me of a cross between Cranes & Christina Carter, a sadness that permeates your soul. Barely beyond a whisper, she sounds magnificent, her slightly off -key tones mingling with the minimal guitar textures. It's a special record is this, the first i've really "studied" by them and i'm pleased to say i'll be well investigating their prolific back catalogue when I can. It's CD only at this very moment with a double vinyl to follow in the next week or so. It's also on Kranky, one of the world's finest record labels, i'm sure many of you will agree, that's a hallmark of utter quality. Brilliant.

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