Editors’ Notes Woods continue their consistent run of memorable releases with Sun and Shade. Loosely intertwined, country-fried acoustic and electric guitars, expressive percussion, and Jeremy Earl’s distinctive high-pitched quiver are mixed with gentle tape loops and sunny psychedelic textures to create a sound that encompasses both indie slacker and Deadhead sensibilities. The concise “Any Other Day,” “Be All Be Easy,” and “Say Goodbye” achieve a jangly, sun-burnt glow, and “Pushing Onlys,” “Hand It Out,” and “Who Do I Think I Am?” are the kind of superbly-crafted melodic pop tunes that Woods are able to pull out of the haze with disarming ease. “Out of the Eye” and the vaguely Middle Eastern-leaning “Sol y Sombra” sound like something the Byrds and the Velvet Underground would create if they shared a rehearsal space. Interjecting these meandering, mesmerizing jams into the set is an interesting risk that pays off by showcasing both sides of the band. Woods cover a lot of sonic territory on Sun and Shade, and the way in which they make the familiar sound mysterious is simply thrilling.

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Pushing Onlys
1
3:33
 
Any Other Day
2
1:57
 
Be All Be Easy
3
2:36
 
Out of the Eye
4
7:10
 
Hand It Out
5
3:10
 
To Have In the Home
6
2:47
 
Sol y Sombra
7
9:38
 
Wouldn't Waste
8
2:38
 
Who Do I Think I Am?
9
2:49
 
What Faces the Sheet
10
2:11
 
White Out
11
3:55
 
Say Goodbye
12
1:52
 

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