City Sun Eater In The River of Light
Reviewed By: Lauren Rosier
Upon first listen to the latest Woods record, I felt like the band aimed to incorporate influences of Mexican music or the Hispanic culture into the overall feel of the opening track, “Sun City Creeps.” Between the opening brass section to the haunting bass, and guitar reverb, the song brings an old city San Juan vibe to the track listing. I haven’t found many indie/folk bands or solo artists that are successful in blending two very different cultures into one beautiful song.
The band brings in its signature indie rock and folk vibes to the record on “Creature Comfort”. It’s a vibe almost reminiscent of similar bands like Tame Impala and Fleet Foxes, but has only a sound that Woods can create themselves.
The beautiful, simpleminded melody of “Morning Light” is a refreshing reminder of an up and coming band that doesn’t get as much recognition in the industry as it should. When the track begins, I immediately think the 1970s. The simple keyboards featured in the song really creates a bridge between the past and present music scene.
“Can’t See At All” is an awesome track and brings an incredible funkiness to the record. This song really highlights the band’s ability for crafting a catchy, funky track that has huge potential helping them gain more recognition. It reminds me quite bit of the American rock band, Portugal. The Man.
“Politics of Free” is great song featuring the catchy electric guitar riffs and again brings back elements of the ’70s era music scene. It has a bit of a California vibe to it; very airy and free.
What I’m most impressed about is the way that they’re able to bring various aspects of different genres from different eras of music to the record and turn it into something that is completely and only Woods.
Key tracks: “Morning Light,” “Can’t See At All”, “Sun City Creeps”