Published Mar 14, 2011Since 2006, lo-fi folksters Woods have been putting out albums at a steady one-a-year pace. This year will be no exception, as the group have announced that they will release Sun & Shade on June 14 via Woodsist.
As the group's sixth LP overall, this will be their first since At Echo Lake, which dropped back in May 2010. It was recorded between winter 2010 and winter 2011, and a press release says that it "features a helping hand from West Coast brother Glenn Donaldson" (of Jewelled Antler, the Skygreen Leopards). That's the cover art above.
By the sound of things, the album will offer more of Woods' usual scrappy folk rock and psychedelic experimentalism. Donaldson offered this description:
These guys veer into West Coast and Kraut explorations when they get bored of structure, but you won't mind indulging them. Woods is back porch with a psychedelic sting in the guitars, a wild percussive clatter and somewhat unhinged desperation in the earworm vocal melodies of Jeremy Earl. Woods and Woodsist try to come-on all laid back with the hippie references, but you know they are not (who is really?). It's the subtle tension, Sun & Shade, that makes the music worth jamming...
Woods have a number of upcoming tour dates, all in Europe. See the schedule over at the Woodsist blog.