Woods: “Cali In A Cup”
The sound of Woods seems lost in time and place. The New York band’s brand of psychedelic folk recalls hazy days lolling around in late 60′s Southern California, but with a decidedly more introspective, lo-fi, 21st-century indie lilt.
Woods began back in 2005 as a solo project for Jeremy Earl, member of the band Meneguar. In 2007 Earl, along with fellow Meneguar member Christian DeRoeck, released two records under the Woods moniker, At Rear House and How to Survive In/In the Woods. The records are excellent examples of intimate lo-fi bedroom folk. Two years later in 2009, the band’s lineup was set with Earl, Meneguar alum Jarvis Taveniere, bassist Kevin Morby and cassette tape loop specialist G. Lucas Crane. That same year Woods released Songs of Shame, a record that impressed Pitchfork so much, they bestowed upon it the title of some of the year’s best new music. They followed it up with 2010′s At Echo Lake and last year’s excellent Sun and Shade. Earlier this year Woods issued an eponymous split LP with avant-lo-fi experimentalist Amps for Christ.
On September 18, Woods is set to release their seventh full-length Bend Beyond. Earl and Taveniere retreated to Earl’s home in upstate New York to record the record last fall. One of the album’s singles is today’s song of the day. “Cali In A Cup” is a pretty apt title for the song. It has the jangly, breezy feel of the Golden State, but with the kind of acid-y buzz that’s made Woods such a great band.