Woods, Sun and Shade

Marissa G. Muller

By Marissa G. Muller

on 06.20.11 in Reviews
Another volume of contagious hooks

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.