A leading light in Michigan's space rock scene, Windy & Carl's atmospheric ambience was created by guitarist Carl Hultgren and bassist Windy Weber. Hultgren first began recording instrumental guitar drone pieces in 1992, when he self-released a cassette tape named Portal before teaming up with Weber. By the end of 1993, the duo had issued a single, "Watersong," on the musicians' own Blue Flea label. Once Dreamt appeared in 1995, as did a reissued version of Portal (complete with new material). Drawing of Sound and Depths followed in 1995 and 1998, respectively. By this point, Windy & Carl had joined the roster at Kranky Records, and 1999 saw the duo collaborating with synthesist Greg Gasiorowski and releasing the album Five Way Mirror. 2000 saw the release of more new material, as the group appeared at London's Terrastock and recorded their fourth album, Consciousness. Windy & Carl took a hiatus in 2001 while the couple continued to run their record store, Stormy Records, in Dearborn, Michigan.