At Echo Lake is the fifth album from New York based Woods.They make no effort to nestle in amongst the ever saturated heap of growing singer-songwriters who walk the tight-rope balanced by a very safely manufactured pole which on one side is weighed down with twee pop and the other with indie folk. Instead they head out on their own journey consisting of a pinch of leftfield alternative folk , serenaded by psychedelia and wrapped in Neil Young’ish strained vocals and well-fitted lo-fi effects.
Despite a convoluted pigeon-hole description the album is creative and original with a supposed focus on vocal content which may be an intentional sway from their past discography, but I’m not going to speculate on this by pretending I know it that well, I don’t, apart from a few tracks I heard in the distant past. Whilst being paralleled with the Grateful Dead, maybe because The Dead are being re-examined in a new light and by new torch-bearers, they do have some semblance but this doesn’t reflect across the whole album. Instead they carve up a host of influences and come up with something altogether new and worthy of a good listen.
Time Fading Lines is a stand-out tune which is neatly followed by From the Horn with some awesome psychedelic guitar that encourgaed me back for constant re-plays, yep, I admit the jewel for me was their music and then the song, maybe because I’m a newcomer to their work. One thing is certain, the more you listen the more you’ll like it. On a Frukie scale, it’s well up there! The videos are also worth checking out.
Time Fading Lines:
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From the Horn:
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This video isn’t from this album but I liked it, completely nuts:
and a nice Acoustic Session to touch back down on..