Carta began as a bedroom recording project in 2002 by Kyle Monday, Jason Perez, and an assortment 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 arose, so the duo formed a band with bassist Ray Welter honed a set of material for live shows, including some songs with vocals (supplied by contributing keyboardist Sarah Bell).
In 2005 the band recorded the album "The Glass Bottom Boat" with engineer Eli Crews (of Beulah). The album features contributions from keyboardist Jared Matt Greenberg and bassist Sacha Galvagna (both of Charles Atlas), and cello by Alexander Kort (of Subtle).
In 2006 the band underwent a lineup overhaul, with Sacha joining full time, and in 2008/2009 recorded "An Index of Birds" with new vocalist Lorealle Bishop and drummer Raj Ojha (Howlin' Rain). The album was released by US label Silber in early 2010.
In 2011, Carta began working with multi-instrumentalist Gabe Coan and contributing cellist Alex Kort, and this spring will commence a series of digitally released singles, culminating in the release of the new album "The Faults Follow" in the summer, format TBD.