Now we're no strangers to Woods. We've been trying to get people to look their direction since the sweet strains of How To Survive In/In The Woods first hit our ears. Thankfully it seems that following the release of Songs of Shame quite a few people are starting to agree with us, and after barely being able to tear their latest, At Echo Lake from our player all weekend, it only feels more certain that quite a few more converts will arise this time around as well. Despite bits and pieces that make up the album sneaking their way to public ears over the past few months via Daytrotter sessions, Yeti Magazine Comps and the like, its glaringly obvious that this is the most complete Woods album to date. Alternating between moments of leaf filtered sunshine and the cold cover of passing clouds; the album finds the joy in weathered nostalgia, somehow makes tense moments seem to melt in the radiant sun and when finally faced with impending darkness Earl and co. find a way to make the twinge of pain feel unbearably raw and emphatic. The band seems to have finally found their perfect balance of channeled influence and self-styled charm. The usual fingerprints of The Dead, Crosby Stills & Nash and even The Beatles (on the "Tomorrow Never Knows" leaning instrumental "From The Horn") show on the surface but beneath the first glance this is completely and truly a Woods album. Between this, the Hanoi Janes album and the upcoming Beach Fossils debut; it seems that summer has been soundtracked.

[MP3] Woods - Suffering Season
[MP3] Woods - Get Back
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