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.
Vinyl LP £13.99 ERC019
LP on Emotional Rescue.
CD £10.49 ERC 019CD
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- Into The Heart Of Love by WOO
How does someone explain quite what Woo are about? Whoo are they? What doo they doo? If you've not being introduced to these twoo lovely brothers then you are seriously loosing out. No I'm not taking the piss out of their name! I just can't type.
Nite Jewel was the one who raved on a few years back about how they saved her life and all that. Seriously moving story. 'Good Evening', her sumptuous, dreamy debut probably wouldn't be half as mind blowing without her exposure to these smiley siblings who have been constructing 'Indie Electronic New Age for meditation, relaxation, yoga & shiatsu" since the 70's. Why they never became huge I dunno ;0)
I'm now going to complete my review without telling you a particularly tangible thing about what I think or feel about the music. That's because these are gentle, lulling acoustic/primitivist electronic sounds that roll around in the pastures between the beauty of say, a Durutti Column classic and a tripped-out Popul Vuh gem; sounds that are beyond mere words. Those "words" can seriously get stuffed here. You really have to buy this record (one Drag City would probably have murdered their entire roster to release) as it's widely renowned as being "their masterpiece". One that only ever came out on cassette twice in in the year that was, um, 1990. I've never heard music that was less "1990". I've been waiting all my life for this record it seems.
'Into The Heart of Love' is stuffed with utterly timeless and undeniably spiritually enriching music, all imbued with effortless charm, innocent wonder and an especially subtle psychedelic aspect that will make your eyes water. Not a bad thing to say about this record. If you have don't tell me. I know where you live. I'm delighted they're finally getting their dues after tinkering away in oblivion for nigh on four decades. Total classic.
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