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Brothers Mark and Clive Ives have been making strange improv experiments for almost four decades now, and this CD and vinyl LP on Palto Flats and New General Catalogue collects unheard WOO  recordings from 1975-82. On Awaawaa they blend electronic gurgles and modular experiments with luscious jazz instrumentation and eccentric arrangements. They really don’t sound quite like anyone else.

Into The Heart Of Love

Woo make some of the most delightful sounds known to man. The press release describes this as their masterpiece, if so it must be on a plane higher than any music previously made by human as their previous re-issues (and the collection of out-takes 'When the Past Arrives') are some of my favourite recordings on earth. Starting in the late 70's these two brothers released a series of albums featuring delicately circling (mainly) instrumental music. Sounding not unlike the vignettes on Young Marble Giants 'Testcard' EP their primitive music will appeal to fans of Brian Eno, Phillip Glass and Durutti Column. The past few years has seen them unearthed and re-discovered giving a veritable treasure trove of lovely sounds.  This album was a cassette only release back in the day and is a joyous, uplifting ode to love and is full of their oddly dubby compositions perfect for late night fireside listening. You have to love 'em. 

Magic In The Dark

"Magic In The Dark" was an early folk song by Woo and one of the first to feature vocals, originally released on 'La La Luna'. It's now getting a 7" re-release to complement the reissue of the band's landmark record, 'Into The Heart of Love'. This 7" brings back both "Magic In The Dark" and two tracks left out of the 'Into The Heart of Love' reissue party: "Make Me Tea", another folk ditty, and "A Little Long Way". This sees Woo at their most conventional and sweet-sounding, based around little more than bright acoustic guitars and Mark Ives' deep, wistful voice.    Tracks: Magic In The Dark Make Me Tea A Little Long Way

It's Cosy Inside

Brothers Mark and Clive Ives - aka Woo - have been going for a long while now. Back in the 1980s the pair made a couple of LPs of quietly charming oddball electronic fare, and here we find ourselves with a reissue of 1989’s It’s Cosy Inside courtesy of a Drag City. The woozy synths and pitter-patter drum machines here are pitched somewhere between the music of The Clangers and Boards Of Canada. Folksy strums such as ‘The Western’ prefigure Animal Collective.