I really don’t know how front man of Woods, Jeremy Earl does it. The experimental folk band Woods always have an album in the works and just once you’ve digested their latest release, another one will be coming around the corner. And what gets me, is that they are always so god damn good, improving with almost every release. But it’s not just Woods that Jeremy Earl partakes in, oh no. He also runs the influential lo-fi label Woodsist (where Real Estate, Kurt Vile, Fresh & Onlys and White Fence found their feet), organizes the yearly Woodsist Festival that usually features most the above artists and to top it off he creates all the iconic, psychedelic artwork that surrounds Woodsist and in particular, all the Woods record sleeve art. He’s a bit of ‘do it yourself’ hero.
So it comes as no surprise that Woods have announced their next album, Bend Beyond, that will hit shelves on September 18th. And in fitting Earl fashion, this taster track ‘Size Meets the Sound’ is absolutely killer. Woods are known for being consistent in quality which is true but they’re also known for their consistency in style and sound which I believe is not so true. Sun & Shade was perhaps their most diverse record yet, At Echo Lake was without a doubt a full band record whilst Songs of Shame was more of a stripped back acoustic affair. From listening to Size Meets the Sound, I feel it lies closest to the work of At Echo Lake with it’s full band, rock n’ roll sound and with catchy, distorted guitar riffs aplenty. With the released artwork being another one of Earl’s, Bend Beyond is shaping up to be another Woods classic.