Recommended by us on 9th April 2009.
The fourth full-length by Woods, Songs of Shame, veers away from the lo-figuerillas-in-the-mist sound of their previous Shrimper long-player, At RearHouse, and presents both 90-second and ten-minute forays into skeletal psychedelia.The idiosyncratic songwriting style and vocalizing of Jeremy Earlis still present in spades on the album.Woods have toured incessantly as a trio over the last 12 months, and thesongs on Shame have had their mettle tested. Check out the straight-aheadpop of “To Clean” or the “Neil Jung” push/pull of “Rain On.” Elsewhere, anexpansive side of the band hinted at on their Woods Family Creeps LP findsfull flight on the subtle ten-minute stretch “September With Pete” (that featuresPeter Nolan of Magik Markers guesting). Vinyl version will be on Woods' own label Woodsist, we'll presell that in as soon as we get info...
PRESS: “Utterly lovely music—a huge recommendation.” —Boomkat“Every song is mesmerizing. At Rear House is the rarest of records—onethat is forceful without being forced and delicate without being too precious.Folk or indie fans should not miss At Rear House.” —Popmatters“Long time since I heard a collection of songs this maximal, with arcs ofimpossible-to-forget harmonies that rank up there with Siltbreeze-era GuidedBy Voices all rendered in a beautiful tape-hiss style that will have you crackingout your old Majora and Flying Nun LPs for a back-to-back spin.... [I]t’sthe songs you’ll keep coming back to, some of the best murk-informed combinationsof words and music this side of the invention of loop pedals.”—David
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