The line between elegaic beauty and bland muzak is finer than you would think, and Carta straddle it uncomfortably at times on The Glass Bottom Boat. There are too many gentle guitar arpeggios and too many passages of aimless noodling. There are also too many moments when the record’s predictability threatens to bring about a virulent outbreak of tedium.
Ultimately, the album is saved by the twelve minute title track. The fact that it is the only tune with vocals is probably no coincidence. They help to give it shape which so many of the other pieces lack. But it is quite different in other respects too, owing more to the likes of Espers and even A Silver Mt. Zion than the usual post-rock bands.
1 Kavan (7:12)
2 South Circular (4:30)
3 Larva (4:23)
4 Burning Bridges (6:33)
5 Simultane (5:58)
6 If Not For You Then Not For Me (4:02)
7 Oliva (3:12)
8 The Glass Bottom Boat (11:44)
9 Legomenon (4:19)
10 Perdido (4:50)