Woods by David Allred

David Allred has often worked with American multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick after Allred transcribed one of his songs. Broderick describes Allred’s musical ideas as odd, honest and intriguing. On his new 10” EP, Woods,  he works with Broderick’s sister, Heather Woods Broderick, making a beautiful sound using layered vocal harmonies. Most definitely intriguing.

Vinyl 10" £7.99 oscarson no. 08

7-track 10" on Oscarson.

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Woods by David Allred
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8/10 Jamie 22 August 2016

The human voice: making music since forever. Long before recording technology came about, anyway. When it works, it really works. Am I right? When used in combination with others voices or accompanied with acoustic instrumentation it can produce the most affecting results, but I don’t need to tell you that. Why am I telling you that? Well, because the music here falls into the ‘very good’ territory. Here, David Allred uses his gentle, reassuring tones to sing sweetly, directly and disarmingly honestly, weaving his folky and childlike melodies into silky spun gold.

The opening track ‘Differences’ recruits the talents of Heather Woods Broderick, Peter Broderick’s sister. This was a wise move; their voices, a cappella, create the perfect harmonious foil for one another. The rest of the record is all David, but that’s no problem: his vocal reminds me instantly of Arthur Russell. ‘Song for Chantal’ is all misty-eyed reminiscences and hazy wonder. David plays his guitar beautifully and he also plays bass, violin, occasional unobtrusive synth, gentle percussion and trumpet (on ‘Jones’, an elegy to his cat, and on the instrumental title track). His reading of Judee Sill’s ‘Jesus Was a Crossmaker’ is spot-on. I’m not in the least bit religious, but I have a tear in my eye... Excuse me. But I'm OK.

Seriously, this is a beautiful record. My only gripe is the EP, at seven songs and about a half-album in duration, is over way too quickly.




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