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Woods are an American folk rock band from Brooklyn formed in 2005. The band consists of Jeremy Earl (vocals, guitar), Jarvis Taveniere (various instruments, production), Aaron Neveu (drums), Chuck Van Dyck (bass) and Kyle Forester (keyboards, sax). 

Woods have released nine albums, the latest being City Sun Eater In The River Of Light giving the band its “Best New Music” designation and described the sound as “a distinctive blend of spooky campfire folk, lo-fi rock, homemade tape collages, and other noisy interludes, all anchored by deceptively sturdy melodies.

Singer-guitarist and founder Jeremy Earl also runs the rising Brooklyn label Woodsist, for whom the band releases their work.

Woods performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded July 23rd, 2016.

Songs:
Sun City Creeps
Suffering Season
Creature Comfort
The Take

City Sun Eater in the River of Light is Woods’ Graceland. This is the prolific band’s ninth album, but their first to explore East African rhythms—an odd but intriguing choice for a psych-folk group from Brooklyn. This introduction echoes Paul Simon’s incorporation of South African isicathamiya and mbaqangaon his 1986 masterpiece.

It’s an unexpected turn for the band, whose last record, 2014’s With Light and with Love, was a distillation of their most enduring qualities: meandering, kaleidoscopic riffs, bucolic melodies, and Jeremy Earl’s endearingly nasal voice. Woods’ Jarvis Taveniere tells me over the phone it was a sort of “best-of” album for the band. It wasn’t groundbreaking—in retrospect With Light and with Love was like a tune-up, a chance for them to perfect their mechanics before off-roading on City Sun Eater in the River of Light.

“For a lot of it we just wanted to go back to our earlier days, when we would just jam and have a few mics up,” he says. “We would put vocals on top of it and chop it up.”

Woods opens this newest effort with “Sun City Creeps,” a lush six-minute tableau of unease. It begins with ominous horns that loom overhead throughout the song like dark storm clouds. The band hasn’t abandoned psychedelia, but embroidered it with beats and instrumental elements inspired by Ethiopian jazz. The effect is a sinister grooviness, as Woods navigates complex interchanges between anxiety and solace.

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Tracks like “I See in the Dark” are expansive and jammy but also precise and controlled—frenetic riffs and pulsing bass lines vibrate with nervous energy before being drowned by droning organ. “I just hit record on the tape machine and ran downstairs, picked up my bass, and we kind of found that groove,” Taveniere says.

Woods return to their dusty old wheelhouse on what seems like an accidental standout, “Morning Light.” It’s exquisite, but completely different from the rest of the album. For one song they cut the experimentation for four blissful minutes of Americana-psych, with nostalgia-inducing piano and the honeyed whinny of a pedal steel channeling the spirit of the Band, while Jeremy Earl’s airy vocals follow the melody like a feather dancing in the wind. “Morning Light” unfortunately serves as a reminder that, while their foray into East African-inspired rhythms is an interesting and well-executed diversion, Woods does psych-folk really well.

If there’s a Woods sound, Taveniere says it’s probably Earl’s voice—a trembling falsetto that’s somehow both the most and least distinctive quality of Woods’ music. His voice easily melts into the band’s songs, whether they’re rooted in trippy psychedelia, idyllic Americana, or complex East African beats. This is the link between the new and old on City Sun Eater in the River of Light, the one guarantee that, even if they decide to experiment with zydeco on the next record, Woods will probably always sound like Woods.

Jeremy Earl – vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, sk-5
Jarvis Taveniere – bass
Aaron Neveu – drums, bass, wurlitzer
John Andrews – piano, organs, rhodes
Alec Spiegelman – sax, flute
Cole Karmen-Green – trumpet
Jon Catfish DeLorme – Pedal Steel

Woods Best Brooklyn Album

At this point, it is hard to imagine that any Woods record isn’t flawless. They have refined the folk-rock psychedelia that defines them to such a degree that it seems pointless to point out individual elements that make the band great. But here are a few: their songs are bright but never sunny, they pull of musical interludes that are just as interesting as verse and chorus structures, and above all, Jeremy Earl’s cellophane tenor. My favorite Woods songs are the ones that feel like they could soundtrack one of The Dude’s trips in The Big Lebowski and it will only take you a couple spins through City Sun Eater in the River of Light to realize–that’s all of them.

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WOODS have been together for almost a decade  and winning fans for their lo-fi indie rock sound, The bands core of songwriters Jeremy Earl with his striking falsetto vocal and multi-instrumentalist Jarvis Taveniere alongside drummer Aaron Neveu .

from the new excellent album by the band WOODS the american folk rock band from Brooklyn, they have released eight albums the latest ” With Light And Love”  will be among my top albums of the year, vocalist and founder Jeremy Earl also runs the label Woodsist

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WOODS have their 8th Album later this month so far the tracks I’ve heard have been wonderful, the record has shown more depth and attention to detail in the sound. Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Tavenaire will be on tour later this year ,The album title is “WITH LOVE WITH LIGHT” this track features a beautiful organ sound, the band will be at the GREEN MAN festival and the LIVERPOOL PSYCHEDELICA Festival in September 2014.

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what a great track from the band WOODS, originally the songs were honed in the small Brooklyn apartment by Jeremy Earl with his pure falsetto vocal spilling dark secrets and twisted images, sun soaked pop and psychedelic sounds the band released “Songs of Shame” in 2009 to critical acclaim, with James Taveniere guitar playing the band have got stronger and this new album looks to be their best yet.