One crucial quality test for an ambient-drone album is to measure the amount of "lost time" you experience once you're sucked into its blankets of cozy noise. Somewhere around halfway into "Looking Glass," a 12-minute track of looping cosmic harmony from Windy & Carl
's new We Will Always Be
(Kranky), I must have blacked out. Since forming in 1993, the husband-and-wife duo of Windy Weber and Carl Hultgren—who also own and run a shop called Stormy Records
in Dearborn, Michigan—have amassed a catalog of nearly a dozen albums and enough EPs, singles, and comps to fill an entire second discography. Their output has slowed down a bit over the past decade, but they retain their astute grasp of dreamy, hypnotic, colorfully hazy guitar noodling. We Will Always Be
begins with the almost folky "For Rosa" (a rare track with vocals), but soon settles into a moody, haunting ambience, with overlapping sheets of drone and sparse bass lines dipping in and out of the music. And by the time the mammoth 19-minute closer, "Fainting in the Presence of the Lord," rolls around, Windy & Carl's beautiful, whispery waves of sound have morphed into something dark enough to soundtrack a Ridley Scott sci-fi venture. —Kevin Warwick Mahogany headlines; Ramesh and Windy & Carl open.