There seems to be a growing trend in music where rather than make things perfect with the help of technology, bands and artists are opting to record with a vintage feel. I can’t say I’m disappointed with this.
Case in point, Woods. With their release of Sun and Shade they offer a vintage folk sound that is so vintage it feels like it has been hidden for several decades before coming to light. The folk acoustic guitar flows along a river reminiscent of the decade of love. Instrumentally it is sure to satisfy all those in need of a throwback folk album. “Pushing Onlys” starts out with a faded guitar riff laid over a little snare drum diddy, then comes Jeremy Earl’s very unique vocals.
In the beginning, I’ll admit, I was a little confused by who was singing; in an almost Silversun Pickup meets Perry Farrell way. Such a high range for a male lead singer isn’t something we’re treated to all the time. That took a total of approximately 2 minutes for me to overcome, from then on it was smooth sailing and pure enjoyment with Woods’ fifth studio release.
Sun and Shade is full of hidden gems that don’t require much searching to find. “Out Of The Eye,” a seven minute groove full of tight rythms and backing noises that compliment each other in an odd yet entertaining way. “To Have In The Home,” a great dreamy feeling compilation that speaks to lo-fi folk rock in every note. Then there comes “Sol Y Sombra;” this over nine and a half minute wordless track effortlessly removed me from any sense of time and entered my mind so quickly that I was completely taken aback and drawn in for a second listen immediately after.
Vocally catching you off guard, intrumentally lifting you into a trance, and feeding into a sound of yesteryear, Sun and Shade is a pefect cure for the longing fix of a sound that has laid dormant for a long time.