No one I knew who listened seriously to "Depths", the predecessor to "Consciousness", failed to recognize that its most universal and unifying feature was the heavily-fuzzed distortion and feedback brought to bear on the majority of the tracks, giving them a murky, almost-submerged sound through which the universe seemed to roar in a continual wave; of all of Windy and Carl's releases, this was easily the densest; almost claustrophobic, in fact.
Released in 2001, "Consciousness" was a welcome return to form, promoting a meditative, dream-like, heavily-atmospheric vibration that enables the listener to disengage from their familiar moorings and become receptive to new levels of perception and insight. Mixing together an agglomeration of effects through his pedals rack allows guitarist Carl Hultgren to produce heavily processed phrasing that sounds as if he's levitating numberless, particulating fragments of resonating crystal within the confines of a small cyclonic funnel, creating an intricately textured,shimmering arrangement of notes against a background of massive, tonally elongated drones that seem as unlimited and variable as the number of dimensions in the universe, intersecting with the round, immersive tones of Windy Weber's keyboards to spatially expand the arrangement of every cut excepting "Balance".
And from "The Sun" to "Elevation" to "The Llama's Dream" to the title track itself, the path Carl follows promotes a sense of warmth and intimacy, with bouyant passages of delayed or reverbed strumming followed by heavily modulated, infinitely-expansive droning, and wonderfully rendered interludes of chiming, multiplicative fretwork, all marking positive transitions through escalating levels of warm, contemplative ambient bliss. Something radiant emanates from "Consciousness", and you'd do well to drop it down, turn it up, and tune it in.