Keeping up with the abstractal and melodic sounds, Carta is back with their haunting and interesting new single “It’s Always As It Always Is”. The song fits very well with the enigmatic title, it has layers of suspense and mystery.
About the song, the band comments:
“Sonically inspired by art rock experimenters like David Sylvian and Talk Talk, “It’s always as it always is” was written after learning of the suicide of a cherished childhood friend. Lead vocals were handled on this version by our friend Jon DeRosa (of Aarktica) as he was able to bring the appropriate amount of gravity to the song. RIP Nancy.”
Based out of San Francisco, dreampop/ambient collective Carta was born in 2002 as a bedroom recording project by Kyle Monday, Jason Perez, and a revolving cast of San Francisco musicians.
Their fourth record ‘The Sand Collector’s Dream’ defies genre; it can only be talked about in terms of emotion. An album of vast stylistic breadth, the band’s description of their sound as ‘paranoid inner-vacuum micro-dub and ruminative post-space hypno-drone’ still doesn’t convey it.
Just say it’s the missing link between Another Green World and Young Marble Giants. Songs of water & ghosts, what the band so eloquently refers to as ‘the eternal internal struggle’, they trace a journey from entanglement to solitude, from optimism to defeat. It’s that feeling when your mind is clear but everything around you is fog.
Carta functions as a collective, trading off instruments, and even trading off vocals. Bassist Sacha Galvagna does most of the heavy lifting, but Kyle Monday and Jon DeRosa take lead on a couple of songs. Yet it’s the vocals of Odessa Chen, blending with the men in a series of duets, that steals the show. Their voices blend together like a Lee Hazlewood with more ‘haze’ and a Nancy Sinatra with more sin.