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Meandering thru the Valley of Headless Men deep in the Ravenna Woods

Fresh and sophisticated! - finally a break from typical Seattle bands. Ravenna emerges, refreshing, and enigmatic - with surprising breaks, hidden between catchy melodies, beautiful harmonies, the addition of the traditional strings with the guitar/bass/drums trio enriches the tracks - achieving a richer, layered, fuller sound than those of their peers. the toy piano is pretty sweet too - seriously can't stop listening!

if you like arcade fire, radiohead etc. Take a stroll with Ravenna Woods in your headphones... you won't be disappointed

"Buy the ticket, take the ride..."

For those unfamiliar with Ravenna Woods, I would recommend grabbing their first mind blowing record, "demons and lakes," which manages to blend an acoustic sound with the intricate guitar work of botch and drive like jehu, with the frenetic live energy of at the drive in.
Confused? I would be. But you'll understand seconds into pressing play.
This release by no means is inferior, or a group of throw away songs from the first album, despite being released only a year after "demons and lakes." This Ep stands on it's own, and is without a doubt worth every penny.

For those familiar with RW, and "demons," are in for a real treat here. The instrumentation is a bit more lush, featuring mandolin, violin, toy piano, and more thoughtful, if a bit less frenetic, compositions than on their debut. High points on this record are everywhere, each song has moments that will break your heart and leave your mind whirling, especially the slow burn "tides," that explodes in a rush of adrenaline at the end. The swirl of strings on "world of color" is spectacular and gorgeous in it's scoring. The soul piercing end of the title track is profoundly beautiful, and again uses minimalism to really make things personal.
The lyrics stay largely on course with demons; challenging, paranoid, anthemic, political, and ...somehow inclusive in a way that gets people singing along at shows. Literature is a big inspiration for these guys (according to their website) and I picked out a Hunter S Thompson quote, delivered with enough tack to obscure it a bit. ("Good men and bad men working for both sides, just picking the lesser evil, buy the ticket take the ride").

There is a yearning, urgent quality to these songs that's undeniable. A lot of that has to do with the drummer, who uses minimalism balanced with dynamic bursts of insanity to really drive the album from front to back. Everything is in it's right place here.

I could write about these guys all day, if you made it this far just buy the freaking thing, with our without expectation, the musicianship and composition is astounding. Most under-rated indie band in existence.

Valley of the Headless Men, Ravenna Woods
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: May 16, 2011

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