Sun & Shade - Woodsist
FILTER Grade: 86%
By Taleen Kalenderian on June 14, 2011
Sometimes Woods sounds easily loft-ready, at others it’s nestled in more complex escapism from industrial park air. Yet unlike other bands in the Woodsist family, the handmade quality has become less perceptible and more meditative with Sun & Shade, allowing noisier elements to puncture subtly through the foursome’s songcraft, with slow sweeps interrupted by a theremin-like ending of the opener’s “Pushing Onlys” and hovering lo-fi synths throughout “Any Other Day.” Musical dichotomies aren’t lost on the album’s title, either—each song has as much ability to break apart within its folky constructions as do the individual songs within the tracklist. Sun & Shade’s selections are less folk and more psych, ranging from two-to-three-minute splendors (a great single-ready “Hand It Out,” intimate crooner “Wouldn’t Waste” and crackling psych guitar on “To Have in the Home”) and extended instrumentals “Out of the Eye” and “Sol y Sombra” that beg for a live reading.