Five Way Mirror

Transcendence

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In lieu of a new full Windy and Carl album, this excellent side project more than satisfied waiting fans while also working just fine on its own. Gasiorowski's sampling and other electronic work fits subtly but clearly into the normal echoing flow of Windy and Carl's style, making Transcendence more than live up to its name. Opening track "Four Is Green" serves as a fine introduction to the band's work as a whole, especially when the three start fully combining a few minutes in. Carl's open-ended guitar explorations and Windy's mysterious, drowsy basslines both sit a bit to the background here, with Gasiorowski's stuttering percussion loop and keyboards setting the pace. Carl's guitar completely takes off to the howling heavens a little later in the song, even while the insistent drum ticks and Windy's bass keep driving everything forward. From there the trio creates a series of short and long instrumentals both, all pretty well perfectly suited for meditative listening and being lost in the sound of the pieces. Gasiorowski's contributions often leaven Windy and Carl's particular approach, leading to interesting tradeoffs, like the sweet keyboard loop that starts "The Devils and Angels Are the Same," which Carl's guitar ever so gently plays off of. Often, the blend the three achieve is so tightly woven the difference between Five Way Mirror and Windy and Carl is seemingly minimal. Thus the album's single "Playing Out Obscurity," where a buried keyboard line matches the floating, narcotically paced main melody, with only an echoing drum pattern later in the song more readily showing Gasiorowski's touch before concluding in a wonderful, lengthy drone. Its flip side "The Problem" also appears here, Gasiorowski adding some fun oscillating loops (and some other doomier parts) to the echoing bed of sound, stretching off beautifully into the distance.

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