Label
Kranky

When you receive a CD like Windy and Carl’s The Dream House you can’t listen to it without knowing what you’re listing to, listening for and then it hits you like any sentimental moment would…

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  A full CD of drone-based music can have a lot of depth, even though you’re not up boogying, but what are you hearing? Guitars, effects, strings, frequencies, movement that is still, all the same. Look deeper. Why would they make such an indescribable sound? Why does it grow ever so slightly? What does it mean to you? What does it mean to them? What does it mean? 

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  This is <em>The Dream House</em> a two-disc CD dedicated to the purity of nature and the love and relationships you may have in your life. It is of how they are taken from you and how you still manage to see beauty behind the doors of your past. 

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  The CD was almost named “Untitled” because nothing fit just right, until… “I had it in New York City, at La Monte Young’s Dreamhouse. The room of sound where nothing happens. Nothing until you make it.”  (Windy)

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  “The Eternal Struggle” is based on an Arthur Russell piece – “A piece where the hiss of the room was just as important as the music recorded through it. And the thoughts of Arthur Russell reminded me of how people can go too soon, that they can die and leave the rest of us completely unfulfilled.” (Windy) 

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  The guitar represents the sorrow of this loss and the feelings that were contained inside Windy of her mother. Mourning is such a long process sometimes. From experience,  people I have lost in my life would visit me in dreams. They would make me feel like that part of my life had been rekindled for just that moment. 

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  This is the feeling that Windy and Carl are trying to express with both tracks. The second was named after these experiences of grieving. “I Have Been Waiting to Hear Your Voice” is self-explanatory. When you say the title to yourself, it’s almost like a need, a yearning that won’t really go away, unless you acknowledge the loss and accept that truth. 

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  Disc One focuses on the love of Windy’s mother and the way she sees her mother in her dreams. She speaks to Windy, but Windy cannot hear what she is saying. She posts letters to Windy but she cannot read what is on the page. The only way to make it legible is to comprehend the loss and how to deal with it. The same goes for this music. 

  “Life is full of longing and loss. It is also full of beauty and love. To realize and accept them both is quite a challenge.” (Windy)

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  Disc Two is essentially homage to their late dog Flea. As silly as it sounds, it is a CD made up of dog sounds over beautiful drones. When you read the insert about Flea and the relationship they had with their dog, it is really quite special. It makes you tear up the way that Old Yeller made you tear up. 

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  You really get to experience the bond they had with Flea by listening to the <em>Dedications to Flea</em>, track one, “Ode to a Dog” and track 2 “Sketch for Flea.” If you ever had a dog in your life, it is almost like having a cuddling sibling or something, and imagine having that dog for 14 ½ years. A dog that loved you so much it would compete with your occupation just to keep you home more often. 

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  This is what Flea did with Windy and Carl. Anytime they left their house with their gear for a show or tour, the dog would do everything in his might to keep them from leaving. He wouldn’t know if they would come back in a day, a few hours or a few months. 

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  It is really quite a unique way to have a keepsake of someone so special to you, and to be able to share that love with other people all in the while. You can hear sniffing, walking, panting and just the presents of a dogs love. 

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  I really enjoyed this CD, it is something you can listen to intimately and enjoy over a cup of tea on a rainy day while reflecting on the happenings of your life. It is a great day dream and really does move you. 

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  I have given it a lot of thought on how I would review the music because an analysis just isn’t sufficient. You need to know where it is coming from and the purpose behind it to truly appreciate it for what it is. 

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  It is beauty, love, nature and loss, longing and I really do appreciate the musicianship and the way that Windy and Carl have depicted all of these beauties through their compositions. It is a drone-symphony of honesty and truth in relationships.