Churning out five albums in as many years, Brooklyn lo-fi/indie rockers Woods have set a rather torrid pace for themselves. With their latest album, Sun and Shade, the band has created a rather fitting album for a middle of June release. Filled with light, airy rock/pop songs, Sun and Shade finds the band experimenting with longer instrumental breaks. While 2010's At Echo Lake was seen by many as the band's finest work, Sun and Shade could very easily stake a claim as the band's best yet.
|Woods - Sun and Shade|
Those instrumental breaks certainly add a wild-card element to Sun and Shade, furthering the band's sound rather than allowing it to rest on past laurels. That eye on progress is something that the members of Woods have quite the knack for, yet the band hasn't, by any means, forgotten their lo-fi roots.
What the critics are saying:
The Boston Phoenix
: Their sixth full-length, Sun & Shade
is among their strongest, continuing to take poppy folk songs, soak them with sunny West Coast psychedelia, and bend them with the band's idiosyncratic take on ambient sound.
Consequence of Sound
: The tape hiss and low-rent production cast behind singer/guitarist Jeremy Earl's swallowed falsetto often served as the primary definition of Woods. And while there's still a sense of DIY sound on Sun and Shade
, the focus of the music has a much more communal feel.
: [O]n the band's sixth album, they're most comfortable in the spot where Guided by Voices ("Any Other Day") bump into
the Kinks ("What Faces
the Sheet") -- slightly psychedelic and frequently sticky, breezily charming and pleasantly woozy.
: In whatever mode they're working, the take-away is that Woods are good at all these sounds, and they seem to be striving to get even better. Despite their ultra-slack style and prodigious output, nothing about them says "half-assed," so it's another year, another fine Woods album.
Sun and Shade
is out now via Woodsist
. Woods are scheduled to play The Rhythm Room on Wednesday, August 3.