'Rustic Houses, Forlorn Valleys' was Hood's first album for Domino following on from their two earlier lo-fi albums for Slumberland. It announced a drastic departure in their sound from the previous inventive indie to a less noisy, more tranquil approach that haunted the edges of post-rock. These six lengthy songs spread over 40+ minutes are full of bucolic beauty and draw comparisons to Bark Psychosis, Talk TalkMogwai and Pygmalion-era Slowdive.  

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Rustic Houses, Forlorn Valleys by Hood
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9/10 GeertAt 13th February 2019

It was the first Hood album I bought and I've been a huge fan since then. Hood managed to find their own voice in post-rock Britain taking bits and pieces from fellow contemporaries, yet at the same time creating something that is uniquely Hood. Maybe the assistance from Matt Elliot (Third Eye Foundation) helped them turn their more lo-fi early work into something more profound, more compelling and adventurous.


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