Carta songwriter/guitarist Kyle Monday.
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Carta began as a bedroom recording project in 2002 by Kyle Monday, Jason Perez and a revolving door of San Francisco musicians.
Ambient instrumental songs developed organically from looped guitar melodies, which also served as metronomes in the absence of a drummer.
As members joined and left, the desire to perform the songs in another setting grew, so the duo formed a band with bassist Ray Welter and drummer Sonny Culbertson. They honed a set of material for live shows, including some songs with vocals (supplied by Sarah Bell).
In 2005, the band began recording The Glass Bottom Boat with engineer Eli Crews (of Elephant 6 band Beulah).
The album features contributions from keyboardist Jared Matt Greenberg and bassist Sacha Galvagna (Charles Atlas), and cello by Alexander Kort (Subtle).
After recording, Carta returned to a small lineup and Kyle began working closely alongside Galvagna and percussionist Raj Ojha on a long-form composition meant to invoke the slow sinking of the boat referenced in the title of the first album.
The new piece, "Le Bateau de Descente", will be finished this year.