Woods: 'Sun and Shade'.
The line between indie rock and jam band becomes blurrier each year.
With "Sun and Shade", Woods adds a few more smudges.
The Brooklyn group has its feet firmly planted in both camps, playing fuzzy, ramshackle jangle-pop and long, wandering psychedelic explorations.
Both types of songs account for highlights on the prolific
band's latest release but also keep the album from being totally cohesive.
"Any Other Day" and "Be All Be Easy" are sun-drenched folk songs that could sneak onto a late-'60s compilation of the Byrds, the Youngbloods and Flying Burrito Brothers.
Jeremy Earl's falsetto can be an acquired taste, but it fits the airy vibe.
The songs are too concise to be seen as noodly, but there's still plenty of casual drifting.
Two songs that unquestionably venture in jamming territory are "Out of the Eye" and "Sol y Sambra", which together account for almost 17 of the album's 44 minutes.
"Out of the Eye" has an insistent pulse, ditching the hippy-dippy sounds of most of the record for a rigid Krautrock rhythm.
The groove is hypnotic and the song slowly builds steam, reaching a climax absent on the more gentle ditties.
"Sol y Sambra" works in the opposite manner.
The dreamy, Eastern-influenced song barely gets moving, and by the time it concludes, the standard folky sounds that follow are welcome.
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