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Classic Album Review: Windy & Carl | Consciousness

The Dearborn couple offer New Age music for the new millennium on their fourth CD.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


You could almost call this Michigan husband-and-wife outfit’s music New Age for the new millennium. And I mean that as a compliment.

Dearborn duo Wendy & Carl dispense nothing but waves of placid vibes on their fourth CD Consciousness. Subconsciousness is more like it — the six songs on this 45-minute disc are as delicately and deliberately fashioned as spider webs, with Carl lightly plucking somnambulant guitar arpeggios while Windy paints subtly shaded backdrops with keyboards, bass and the occasional vocal. Between the layered tape-loop mesmerism of cuts like Elevation and the spaced-out avant ambience of other tracks — Balance (Trembling) really should be called Helicopter Flying Over the Ocean at Night — much of this post-rock, post-modern, post-melody, post-pretty-much-everything album will ring familiar with fans of Fripp and Eno. And I definitely mean that as a compliment too.