Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Woods 'At Echo Lake'

We've been spinning the new Woods album At Echo Lake (5/4 Woodsist) for the past few weeks and it's truly marvelous. This NY band has taken the best parts of their last effort Songs of Shame, songs such as "Rain On" and "To Clean" and built upon them, making an entire record of excellent well-crafted songs. Yet, their growth is more than just improved songwriting, and the press release nails it stating, "[At Echo Lake] properly represents a move from a kind of informal back porch jam ethos to a fully-committed vision of the infinite possibilities of group playing." There are enough moments of dissonance and minor key harshness to keep things interesting, while their uplifting choruses and innate knack for writing amazing and intricate melodies make At Echo Lake a clear pick for one of the best records of 2010 so far. Tour dates after the jump.

05/13 - New York, NY - Abrons Art Center / Joshua Light Festival
06/07 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern #
06/08 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club #
06/09 - Portland, OR - Holocene #
06/10 - Arcata, CA - Jambalaya #
06/11 - San Francisco, CA - Slims #$
06/12 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library / Woodsist Festival #$%
06/14 - Santa Barbara, CA - Jensen's $%
06/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex / Woodsist Festival #$%
06/25 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside Fest / Woodsist Showcase) %^

# = w/ Art Museums, The Mantles
$ = w/ Kurt Vile
% = w/ Real Estate
^ = w/ The Fresh and Onlys, Moon Duo and Sic Alps

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