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Woods @ The Chapel 

Wednesday, Jul 27 2016

At this point in Woods' career, it's almost strange for a full calendar year to pass without a new album from the band. This April, the band dropped its ninth full-length record, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, a spacious and layered work that stretches beyond its trademark sound to experiment with jazz fusion and funk. Frontman Jeremy Earl's falsetto — still the most instantly recognizable element of Woods' sound — tiptoes through tales of uncertainty and longing over wah-wah guitars and easygoing 1960s pop-influenced melodies. The result is intriguing, complicated, and light years away from the aggressively lo-fi approach of other indie bands in Brooklyn. Woods is also busier than its contemporaries, balancing touring and recording while running Woodsist, its independent record label that boasts releases from Wavves, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, and Real Estate. Chugging steadily along since its 2005 beginnings as Earl's bedroom recording project, Woods has proven itself as a long-lived constant in an indie scene notorious for flash-in-the-pan acts. Maybe slow and steady really does win the race.


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