Hailing from Tampa, FL, the founding members of the atmospheric post-rock group Windsor for the Derby – guitarists Dan Matz and Jason McNeeley, along with drummer Greg Anderson – soon migrated to Austin, TX, where they were signed to the local Trance Syndicate label. Their debut LP, 1996's Calm Hades Float, was produced and engineered by Adam Witzie, who agreed to become a full-time Windsor for the Derby member shortly after the project's completion. After issuing the EP Metropolitan Then Poland in early 1997, the group closed out the year with the release of the full-length Minnie Greunzfeldt. In 1999, they returned with Difference and Repetition. Three years later they appeared with a B-sides collection, Earnest Powers, on Emperor Jones. The band also scaled down in this time period, leaving only Matz and McNeeley from the original lineup. Spacy folk texture crept into the 2002 Aesthetics release Emotional Rescue; 2004's We Fight Til Death featured halting vocals and a greater instrumental palette to work from. After the latter album. both McNeeley and Matz ended up living in Philadelphia (previously they'd converged somewhere once or twice a year to work on material), and putting down roots let them experiment more in a home studio and play frequent live shows. They also added drummer Charlie Hall and keyboardist and bassist Anna Neighbor to the lineup. Giving Up the Ghost reflected these changes when it appeared from Secretly Canadian in August 2005. Though Neighbor was credited alongside Matz and McNeely, Gianmarco Cilli (National Eye) handled drums on the album. How We Lost arrived in early 2008. The 12-song full-length Against Love followed it in 2010.
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