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Well here is a treat for anyone who snuggled up to Woo’s beautiful ‘Whichever Way You Are Going You Are Going Wrong’ or ‘Its Cosy Inside’ re-issues from last year.
Following the success of those records, brothers Mark and Clive Ives who make up Woo have revisited hours and hours of lost recordings left on their dusty shelves and compiled this wonderfully evocative compilation of pieces from 1977 to pretty much the present day. Many tracks were started in the 1970’s and finished in the 1990’s, showcasing the brothers fluid, fluent methods of music making. And there they are on the front cover, both behatted and barefooted, one with phenomenal pinstriped trousers. On the back they look up from guitar and a tangle of synths respectively, hair akimbo.
Opener ‘First Night Nerves’ carries on from where ‘Whichever Way...’ left off, beautiful sun-dappled instrumental music, something a bit like Young Marble Giants ‘Testcard’ EP married with ‘Guitar and Other Machines’ era Durutti Column. ‘Satya’ is a remarkable piece of easy listening bliss with a jaunty seaside postcard feel. ‘1001 Decisions’ utilises guitar, xylophone and a lovely synth string line to create another gorgeous piece. This instrumental music sounds like it has been unearthed from the dusty back room of a rarely frequented antiques store, its gorgeous throughout and on first listen through it seems to focus more on the quaint nylon strung mini-instrumentals than the slightly more twiddly Can ‘Future Days’ sound on parts of ‘Whichever...’.
However did these nestle in obscurity for so long? Heads should roll. Truly gorgeous music seemingly sent down from above. Please buy.
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