With Light and With Love

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Woods Latest Album

This year has had some great new albums from bands that have been recording for a while. I’m going to write about this music for a while and get caught up on what has been dropping this year.

My new favorite that I just can’t keep off my music rotation is With Light and With Love by Woods just released. Jeremy Earl’s high, distinct voice is predisposed to melodies that quickly corkscrew their way into your brain.

With Light and With Love never makes much of a fuss about its aims. Earl’s lyrics are inquisitive in nature without giving you much to chew on, taking on the form of homilies about self-discovery and existential doubt.

But the versatility of Woods becomes more evident throughout the album, as they spread outwards rather than building upward: you get B3-infused soul (“Leaves Like Glass”), breezy psychedelia (“New Light”) and darker shades of American Beauty (“Shining”), giving jamband types, roots fans, folkies, indie kids and DIY fetishists a place to link up.

If I didn’t have Arcade Fire concert at The Santa Barbara County Bowl, I would be going to the WOODSIST FESTIVAL Big Sur.”

Tracks – With Light and With Love by Woods

1.   Shepherd
2.   Shining
3.   With Light And With Love
4.   Moving To The Left
5.   Light
6.   Leaves Like Glass
7.   Twin Steps
8.   Full Moon
9.   Only The Lonely
10. Feather Man

Enjoy The Woods, David

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