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Carta: An Index of Birds (Silber Media)

Carta reminds of Low to Six by Seven, Plumerai, Charles Atlas &c. in the tradition of mid-1990s moody pop/slowcore/indie rock/post rock bands.

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UPC: 884501252164

Label: Silber Media
Catalog ID: 077
Squidco Product Code: 12961

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack

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track listing:

1. Alfred M

2. Building Bridges

3. Hourglass

4. Small Lights

5. The Likeness Is Undeniable

6. Sidereal

7. Santander

8. Descension

9. Prettier at Night

10. Bank of England

11. Back to Nature

12. Who Killed the Clerk?

13. The Late Alfred M.
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"Carta formed in 2002 as a studio project having a revolving membership around Kyle Monday & Jason Perez. In 2005 they recorded The Glass Bottom Boat with the band drifting into hiatus during a two-year search for a label (eventually released by Resonant in 2007). By that time, the band had undergone a complete transfor- mation, with all former members gone except for Kyle Monday & Ray Welter they regrouped with Oakland drummer Raj Ojha (who had just left electro-post-rock band Run Return) & bassist/guitarist Sacha Galvagna (Charles Atlas). The new version of Carta began to write entirely new material rather than trying to re-work the old songs.

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 & Christo- pher 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."-Silber Media

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