with QUILT AND HERBCRAFT
“WOODS’ brand of pop shamanism has undergone several gradual transformations over their past few albums, but on With Light And With Love, the tinkering reveals an expanded sonic palette that includes singing saw, heavier emphasis on percussion, and a saloon piano that sounds like it was rescued from a flooded basement. Distinct from both the stoned volk of their earliest recordings and the Kraut-y dalliances of more recent fare, With Light And With Love showcases a more sophisticated brand of contemporary drug music that owes more to Magical Mystery Tour than motorik. If you’ve ever thought of Woods as a pop group comprised of weirdos, or a weirdo band that happens to excel at playing pop songs almost in spite of itself, With Light And With Love provides a corrective in the form of songs that show these two elements as natural, inextricable bedfellows. Throughout the album, vocals are frequently emitted through Leslie speakers and guitars perform one-string ragas like Sandy Bull reared on shoegaze and skate videos. With Light And With Love is an album of deeply psychedelic, deeply satisfying songs for a new age of searchers, of Don Juan and Animal Chin alike.” – James Toth
Boston psych-folk trio, Quilt recently released their sophomore effort, Held In Splendor. Recorded in Brooklyn last Spring (how long ago does that seem btw), their sound has touches of The Byrds, Skip Spence, The Zombies, and the Mamas and the Papas.
Portland-based free-rock trio Herbcraft released their third album The Astral Body Electric on Woodsist last year, and open the night with a set of mantric, heavy psych. You can catch a video from their SPACE set last Summer here.