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Bend Beyond

Woods

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It's a pleasant surprise when a new release by a band well into its career reveals some evolution and its earlier, solid releases suddenly glisten with the charm of dewy-eyed, inchoate newness. Bend Beyond takes the sweet, earthy sounds of New York's Woods (formerly from Brooklyn, now based upstate) into another realm of psych-tinged indie-folk, one that feels less unsure and hazy and more wizened and playful. Woods propel classic sounds into the new millennium with surety, nodding unabashedly to '60s Neil Young on the breezy, harmonica-accented "Cali in a Cup" and showing echoes of "Cowgirl in the Sand" on the title track. "Is It Honest?" is as jangly as anything The Byrds ever recorded (and vocalist Jeremy Earl even sounds like Roger McGuinn here), with sparkling guitars riding atop waves of vintage organ and glinting tambourines. With winsome pop gems like "Impossible Sky," full-on psych-rock barn-burners like "Cascade" and "Size Meets the Sound," and gentle, ghostly creations like "Something Surreal," Bend Beyond is Woods' finest offering yet.

Customer Reviews

Awesome album!

Even better live!

Woods

Great album from a great band. If i we're you id also get Sun & Shade and At Echo Lake. This album would make any drive better. Windows down volume up.

Swerve

Love this album. Helps me swerve.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Founded as a side project by Meneguar's Jeremy Earl, Woods started as a solitary recording project in 2005. Earl recorded the debut Woods release How to Survive In/In the Woods, a double-cassette that appeared on the Fuckittapes label shortly after the project's inception. The project's acoustic-leaning sounds veered away from the more traditional rock instrumentation of the parent band, and the off-the-cuff, lo-fi recording style cultivated a loose and searching vibe in the early material. In 2007,...
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