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Originally planning two separate albums (one song-focused & another made up of more ambient experimental tracks), An Index of Birds emerged as a cohesive body of work from the disparate sessions recorded at different times & studios. Cellist Alex Kort (ex-Subtle) returned to work on several of the songs & Lorealle Bishop took up the mantle as the band’s new female vocalist. Former Continental drummer & Christopher Willits-collaborator Gabriel Coan mixed several tracks on the album, & eventually became Carta’s dedicated drummer.
Recorded & mixed by Carta, Sean Coleman, & Eli Crews (Deerhoof, Why?, Citay) & following the direction to ‘make things sound like they have been recovered from a sunken ship’, the result is an album that recalls the debut in feel but has both a more pastoral & more sinister tone. Placing more importance on vocals this time out, “An Index Of Birds” was a dedicated attempt to move beyond the stereotyped post-rock idioms & investigate textures & composition. Tiny electronic landscapes, soundtrack bombast, krautrock-inspired psychedelia, & brooding melodrama all find a home on an album you might hear on an ambulance ride that could end in salvation be it life or death.
Current news: Sacha Galvagna can also
be heard with Charles Atlas on the Up in the Air soundtrack, &
Raj Ojha can also be heard playing drums with Howlin' Rain.
|An Index of Birds
CD 2010 | Silber 077
13 tracks, 58 minutes
$12 ($18 international, $5 download (256 kbps, ~119 megs))
~ Jeff Penczak, Foxy Digitalis
A welcome new addition to the Silber family. Carta reminds us of a ton of stuff we like from Low to Six by Seven to Plumerai to Charles Atlas & are in the tradition of all the mid 1990s moody pop/slowcore/indie rock/post rock bands we came of age to.
|The Glass Bottom Boat
CD 2007 | Resonant 026
10 tracks, 56 minutes
$12 ($18 international)
~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide
This is the album where Carta first attracted our attention.
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