Woods - 'Bend Beyond'
A cleaned up sound from the indie boys from Brooklyn
7 / 10
There’s nothing new about a lo-fi band cleaning up their sound, and Brooklyn’s Woods return with a can of Mr Sheen firmly in hand. ‘Bend Beyond’ survives this shift away from the comfort of soft focus by virtue of its precise songcraft. Singer Jeremy Earl may conjure a distinctly indiefied falsetto, but his writing channels a host of celebrated songsmiths, from Dylan (‘It Ain’t Easy’) to Teenage Fanclub (‘Impossible Sky’) via The Doors and The Flaming Lips. The psychedelic outings sound too sharp as a consequence, but it’s an effective repositioning overall, even if it’s hard not to want to scruff up their hair just a little.
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