Woods: With Light and With Love – album review
Woods – With Light and With Love (Woodsist)
CD/ LP / DL / Cassette
Folk Rockers Woods recently released their new album, Louder Than War’s Adrian Bloxham has been listening, read what he thinks below.
This sounds rich, rich with life and hope. It’s an album for outside in the sunshine, for those brief moments of peace that come along unexpectedly and quietly without fanfare. The light coming through leaves or the glimpse of a bird high up in a clear blue sky. It’s folky, but not folk and reminiscent of the sixties but not stuck in yesteryear.
The album is gentle in a kind of psychedelic soft way, its strummed guitar and precise bass and drums create washes of emotion that the high, clear voice builds on to make feelings grow. The sound changes to build to a full on spaced out wigout on the title track, there’s a country twang on ‘Shepherd’ and ‘Only the Lonely’ is upbeat and hopeful, talking about how the future will be better and things move on. ‘Feather Man’ sounds like a story being told, precise and clear.
There are Nashville steel guitars, psychedelic leanings and tripped out wonkiness. Woods have made this a quiet record to sway along to. It’s one to smile to, an album to put on when you are having a bad day to turn you around. Woods have the knack of making their sound full of love and light and it will fill you up too.
All words by Adrian Bloxham. More work by Adrian on Louder Than War can be found here.