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Excellent, deep psychedelia

In my opinion, the official album review misses on this one - this record definitely has some dissonant elements to it, but on the other hand, listened to alongside many of the other WWVV releases, I would say this is actually one of their more accessible collections. The first two tracks are simultaneously nerve-rattling and soothing, and have a weight - a heavy sound not found in many of the airy improvs with Vanishing Voice. Track three - (I Wanna Live on) Sunbeam Creek - is beautiful, and sets up the second half of the record perfectly. Dogpaddlin' hints at the direction James Toth would head after departing WWVV, and reminds me quite solidly of some Jackie-O MF tracks. I purchased this and Xiao (which I bought complete on CD) within a day of eachother, and while I appreciate the far-reaching freakery of Xiao, I think The Flood will be a more frequent visitor to my speakers and ears.


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

In addition to running the Polyamory label with Tovah O'Rourke, James Toth was the leader of New York-based avant-garde/freak folk ensemble Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice. Taking the first part of that name as his own — and occasionally billing himself as "Wooden Wand Jehovah" — Toth gathered at one point or another O'Rourke (who also comprised Dead Machines with her husband, Wolf Eyes' John Olson), Satya Sai, G. Lucas Crane, Steven the Harvester, and Heidi Diehl. There were others,...
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