Since forming in 2005, Brooklyn based Woods have released an astonishing amount of music, averaging roughly one full-length album release per year.Â This is quite an achievement for any band, but whatâ€™s more impressive than the sheer output of music is the overall quality of whatâ€™s being put out.
Woods have a unique and diverse sound, and itâ€™s that diversity that takes center stage on their most recent release, Bend Beyond.Â The album opens with the interestingly spacey title track, â€œBend Beyond.â€ Garage rock riffs and pentatonic scale wah-pedal jams abound here, with a nice trippy break thrown in for good measure. From there weâ€™re taken to the upbeat jangly pop of â€œCali in a Cup,â€ complete with harmonica reminiscent of Harvest-era Neil Young.Â â€œIs it Honest?â€ continues the Laurel Canyon trend, but offers a curveball with the unanticipated lyrics, â€œitâ€™s so fucking hard to seeâ€¦â€
In spectacular contrast to the â€˜70s sounding folk numbers, there are some tracks that sound like a completely different band than the one described above.Â â€œCascadeâ€ is a noisy, psychedelic romp. â€œFind Them Emptyâ€ is fiery and disorienting, and album closer â€œSomething Surrealâ€ plays like a lullaby.
Woods have been prolific since their inception in 2005.Â Bend Beyond is a culmination of what theyâ€™ve been working for years as a band.Â Do yourself a favor and check Woods out.Â Start with Bend Beyond, and if you dig it, work backward.Â You wonâ€™t be disappointed.
Bend Beyond is out now on Woodsist.