How to describe a collaboration between Michigan
soundscape artists Windy & Carl and Massachusetts theremin ensemble
The Lothars? Two great drones that drone great together? Errrr.... Maybe
This joint effort of Wobbly Music and Blue Flea, the house labels of The
Lothars and Windy & Carl, brings out the best in both bands. The four
tracks were all recorded live during two of the Terrastock festivals (named
for, and sponsored by, the long-running British magazine The Ptolemaic
Terrascope). The centerpiece is the opening track, "3rd Stage."
Many called this unrehearsed 28 minute collaboration between Carl and
The Lothars the highlight of 1999's Terrastock 3 in London, England. Similar
in spirit to the "Metallic Sonatas" of the recent Lothars CD
"Oscillate My Metallic Sonatas," Carl's delicate guitar
playing provides a grounding for the wails of three distinctive theremins.
The remainder of this CD was recorded live at 1998's Terrastock 2 in San
Francisco. Windy & Carl perform two songs that whet our appetite for
their next studio CD (their first in over two years), due out on Kranky
Records in early 2001. The Lothars wrap things up, with some help from
New Zealand violinist Alastair Galbraith.
The songs here have a way of sneaking up on you. You'll be half-listening
— the drones wafting in one ear and out the other — when suddenly
your head cocks, your ears perk up, and a smile slowly crosses your face.
A religious experience? An epiphany? Maybe not. But it sounds pretty darned
"Windy & Carl... just make everything more comfortable, like
the prickles in a well-worn sweater."
"The Lothars... produce as many weird and wonderful ideas that can
be squeezed, whooped, whistled and screamed from these hip retro-electro
--- Alternative Press
"Windy and Carl... have created a blend of texture, color, melodic
invention, nuance and atmosphere that is absent as it is present, undermining
current notions of rhythm and time."
--- Detroit Metro Times
"The Lothars do an admirable service for the credibility of theremins
in modern music"
"[Windy & Carl's music] unfolds like a flower's petals, gently
and unobtrusively. It's like listening to a memory, or smelling a dream
-- impressionistic, surreal, haunting.
"[The Lothars] create a vibe that's simultaneously spacy, silly,
and spellbinding... The overall atmosphere is one of adventure, rather
than mere novelty."
"Windy and Carl whip up a beauty so delicate a breeze could destroy
--- Alternative Press
"The Lothars conspire to create a monstrous edifice of noise."
--- The Wire