ALBUM REVIEW: Woods – Strange To Explain | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 22.05.20






Much of the appeal of Woods’ music lies in its infinitely soft, blurry edges. The band’s identity is both tied to a fuzzy recording medium (reel-to-reel tape) and to singer Jeremy Earl’s idiosyncratic tales, delivered in a warm, distinctively hesitant drawl.

However, the Brooklyn band’s eleventh studio album marks a turning-point in their sound and approach to songwriting. Abandoning the intuitive psychedelic folk collages of their earlier days, Woods have suddenly acquired neat and curiously formal contours. Strange To Explain brings to mind the sleek dream pop of Mercury Rev, Low’s more radio-friendly moments, and the jazz of Hailu Mergia. There are still a few personal songs, but mostly these 11 tracks seem to be reflections of things heard and seen, rather than original visions.





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