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WOODS

STRANGE TO EXPLAIN

WOODSIST


Format: LP
Cata No: WOODSIST099
Barcode: 767870660818
Format: CD
Cata No: WOODSIST099CD
Barcode: 767870660825
Dreaming doesn’t come easy these shadowed days, which is why Strange To Explain by Woods is such a welcome turning of new colors. It presents an extended moment of sweet reflection for the 15-year-old band, bouncing back to earth as something hopeful and weird and resolute. Like everything else they’ve recorded, it sounds exactly like themselves, but with subtly different shades and breaths and rhythmic feels and everything else that changes, the natural march of time and the intentional decisions of the musicians moving in what feels like an uncommonly organic alignment. “Strange To Explain trades in a different kind of dependability, maintaining a steady connection to the voice on the other side of the record needle. After quickly recording and releasing 2017’s Love Is Love in response to the tumultuous events of their (and our) 2016, Jeremy Earl and company took their time with what came next. Parenthood arrived, as did a short songwriting pause. The band went bicoastal when Jarvis Taveniere headed west. And when they returned to their posts, there on the other side of this particular mirror, they made this, an album that not only catches and holds and shares the light in yet another new way, but recognizes that there’s still light to be caught, which is also no small thing. “A bend beyond the last bend beyond, Woods keep on changing, thoughtfully and beautifully. The colors were always there, like trees blossoming just slightly differently each season, a synesthetic message coded in slow-motion. Recorded in Stinson Beach, the kind of place that seems like an AI simulation of an idyllic northern California coastal escape, the familiar jangling guitars recede to the background. John Andrews’s warm keyboards and twining Mellotron rise around Earl’s songs and dance across the chord changes like warm sunlight off the Pacific. The music feels a karmic landmass away from the creepiness of the uncanny valley.” —Jesse Jarnow

Tracks:

1. Next To You And The Sea 2. Where Do You Go When You Dream? 3. Before They Pass By 4. Can't Get Out 5. Strange To Explain 6. The Void 7. Just To Fall Asleep 8. Fell So Hard 9. Light Of Day 10. Be There Still 11. Weekend Wind

Press:

New album by 15-year-old band explores new hopeful territory.
First project following their production of David Berman's Purple Mountains

 

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This title was released on 26 Jun 2020, other titles listed below:


ALICE BAG - SISTER DYNAMITE ALICE BAG
SISTER DYNAMITE

IN THE RED


BLOODSHOT BILL - GET LOOSE OR GET LOST BLOODSHOT BILL
GET LOOSE OR GET LOST

GONER RECORDS


IKE YARD - S/T IKE YARD
S/T

SUPERIOR VIADUCT


JODY HARRIS & ROBERT QUINE - ESCAPE JODY HARRIS & ROBERT QUINE
ESCAPE

SORCERER


NOVELLER - ARROW NOVELLER
ARROW

BA DA BING!


POLYPORES - AZURE POLYPORES
AZURE

CASTLES IN SPACE


POLYPORES - FLORA POLYPORES
FLORA

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ROBERT POLLARD - EAT 16: SOUNDTRACK FROM PLANET CAKE ROBERT POLLARD
EAT 16: SOUNDTRACK FROM PLANET CAKE

GUIDED BY VOICES, INC.


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