Will Always Be is the thirteenth album by Michigan ambien/drone duo, Windy & Carl. Formed in 1993, the pair take their influences from 4AD bands of the ‘80s. Their guitar-based ambience is heavily influenced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. Windy & Carl in turn have gone on the be an influential act with bands such as Landing, White Rainbow and Growing citing their music as inspirational.
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Windy and Carl are back with their first album in three years. Nice to see that there are some people who still take their time over these things. This husband and wife team have created some astounding sonic architecture in the past with their neofolk-inflected minimal-ambient drone. After a surprisingly folky beginning where fragile guitar and mournful vocals over nostalgic crackles carve out an aching sense of pathos, they continue treading that path quite expertly on this latest collection, with dense, calming drone textures through which you can pick out snippets of piano and bass and guitar as the ethereal washes morph elusively. Predominantly, though, this record is all about the drones. The twinkly, fragmented, layered drones that lift you up to somewhere more peaceful and detached. They're always of the tranquil and celestial variety, though; no dark, grinding, twitching ambience here, just comforting, immersive, calming tones with occasional folky touches. Delightful.
9/10 Brian Thunderpony
I was supposed to review this album but I didn't quite have it in me to meet the deadline because I was drinking wine and talking to our Anthony incessantly about how I liked how Throbbing Gristle had blown a new arsehole through music in the 70s and beyond., i'm reading this and thinking I'm so glad our Mike is the absolute bees knees with genuine words and feelings ala the music we love here....x
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