Sounding as if numerous particulating fragments of resonating crystal were being levitated in a centrifugal fashion , " Remember", the first track to be released from Windy and Carl 's newest recording, "We Will Always Be" , is awash with intricately textured, shimmering arrangements of notes, wrung from Carl's multiplicative fretwork, his guitar channeled through his effects rack to create an atmospheric swirl that he has produced so many times in the past, but never truly repeating himself. And there is definitely a less claustrophobic feel to his playing, embracing a positive, more expansive feel. Windy contributes nominal basslines, but her real contribution here is to help Carl nestle his rippling guitar lines in a bed of richly synthesized ambience, and chant her husky, sung-spoken lyrical content or glossolalia on roughly half of the songs.
"Songs From The Brokenhearted", released in 2008, was this recording's immediate predecessor. Several of the tracks were driven by heavily- fuzzed distortion, like the universe roaring in a continual wave of background noise, also the result of sculpting drones from heavy waves of feedback. As a result, "Songs From The Brokenhearted" felt weighed down by an atmosphere of murkiness that evoked a real feeling of languor and displacement not heard since the release of "Depths". Conversely, on "We Will Always Be", tracks such as "Looking Glass", Remember", "Spires", and "The Frost In Winter" establish a linkage to "Drawing Of Sound" and "Consciousness" where Carl either seems to be levitating notes within the confines of a small cyclonic funnel, or engineering massive, expansive, elongated drones that foster a roomy, contemplative, highly atmospheric vibration that is kinder and gentler than the release directly preceding it.
And if "Songs From The Brokenhearted" was about just how those who love can be submerged and trapped within their own disappointment and painful emotional states, then "We Will Always Be" seems to be somewhat centered around the universal desire promoting the hope for renewal and recovery , perhaps through the recall of memories driven by positive shared experience ("Nature Of Memory", "The Smell Of Old Books", "The Frost In Winter"), and as such has a more hopeful sound. I strongly recommend it, especially if there's already a comfort level established with "Drawing Of Sound".