In many ways, Woods are as distant from any developed scene as their rural name implies, from the Brooklyn band’s recent decision to relocate upstate to the home-tape heroes’ refusal to cut their pastoral, guitar-spun melodies in a proper studio (see also: Jeremy Earl’s Fuck It Tapes imprint, a Woodsist offshoot that’s dubbed cassettes for such rising indie rockers as Blank Dogs, Wavves and Ducktails). Pushing for anonymity on the streets and intimacy in sound, Woods’ songs have the familiar tingle of early Grateful Dead, Paul Simon, or Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Sun and Shade, the follow-up to 2009′s Songs of Shame, is another volume of contagious hooks. “To Have a Home” clatters with crackling guitar and snare-heavy percussion, but frontman Jeremy Earl reins in the unruly sounds with his steady croon. “Pushing Onlys” and “Who Do I Think I Am?” are closer to classic rock, with hushed harmonies and easily decipherable lyrics about new beginnings. In that way, Sun and Shade is a solid reinterpretation of their influences; in all others, Woods’ songs stand alone.
By Beca Grimm on 10.14.14 in Reviews
Kevin Morby spent the bulk of 2013 in transit, touring with his bands Woods or the Babies or in support of his first solo effort, Harlem River. While on the road, he wrote much of the material for his sophomore release,...
By Marissa G. Muller on 04.22.14 in Features
Jarvis Taveniere talks to Marissa Muller about giving his songs the widescreen treatment they deserve.
By Steven Hyden on 04.15.14 in Reviews
The excellent Brooklyn band Woods has recently backed away from its image as (to quote an unfortunately-worded Noisey headline) "gross, smelly hippies." Not that they ever had anything to apologize for. Sure, earlier eff...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.10.12 in Lists
Every year, when eMusic's editorial staff compiles our annual best-of list, the goal is never to come to some kind of academic determination of the year's best records via a series of complicated formulas and criteria. T...