“If records can be classified into 'urban' (not in the R & B sense) and 'rural', then At Echo Lake is surely from the countryside,” Drowned in Sound
“Woods make a brand of new folk that’s blissfully whimsical, happily nostalgic and, most importantly, classically and simply melodic..” Loud & Quiet
“An album that exposes itself to the forces of the great outdoors” Uncut
As a Christmas gift to you, and to celebrate their upcoming Dec. US tour dates, Woods has released a cover of the Vince Guaraldi classic "Christmas Time Is Here" as a free download. WOODS released their 6th full-length album, Sun & Shade, earlier this year on their own Woodsist record label. Recorded Winter to Winter, 2010-2011, Sun & Shade features a helping hand from west coast brother, Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums) and is the first full album recorded at the new Woodsist Headquarters in the small upstate town of Warwick, NY.
“Woods is a two-headed dog asleep on the porch and a butterfly on the windowsill... a Janus, a Gemini and a screen door. The sun won’t fade and the earworms will not leave, but the jams go on too long for the girl in the back who wonders if her friends are at another bar. Still, the ballads always make her cry. Woods is up there relaying the Woods-feel: Folk-rock, fuzz, tambourines, tapes and raw lunch pulled straight from the yard. Pop songs and other things: Sun and Shade.”—Glenn Donaldson
Over the past few years Woods have established themselves as an anomaly in a world of freaks. They were an odd proposition even in the outré company of vocalist/guitarist/label owner Jeremy Earl’s Woodsist roster, perpetually out of time, committed to songsmanship in an age of noise, drone and improvisation, to extended soloing, oblique instrumentals and the usurping use of tapes and F/X in an age of dead-end singer-songwriters.
Recent live shows have seen them best confuse the two - playing beautifully-constructed songs torn apart by fuzztone jams and odd electronics. Deformed by contemporary experiments, bolstered by magical traditions from the past, WOODS the sound of now, right here.
||Sun & Shade
|Woodsist/ Sacred Bones
||I Was Gone (7-inch)
||At Echo Lake
|WOODSIST025 / SHR156
||Songs of Shame
||How to Survive + In the Woods
||At Rear House