Thank goodness woodgrove's new debut album is amazing because otherwise I might have been bothered by its title squintyoureyesandseegod. I assure you spellcheck is not pleased, but that really doesn't matter because this album is SENSATIONAL! Woodgrove has forged a new path in the many forks that make up today's indie rock scene. There's a call of the wild hard rock simmering behind these rather fascinating songs.
There is a constant theme of introspection that gives the lyrics and moods of the music a considerable amount of weight. However this album is not without its levity. Since the theme is a such a human one, there are naturally peaks and valleys when it comes to the mood and even rhythm. At times they like to go hard and heavy and other times they like to slow it down and create of fog intended to disorient you.
It sounds very natural and the entire album contorts itself in all sorts of ways but it was never jarring. One song often carries a characteristic of another and the common threads are formed. The guitar riffs are all amazing, so distinctive and alluring. There's also Jared Hall's vocals which turn brooding into an art form.
At first I wasn't sure if I was into the first track "Something Stolen" as I saw that it was over nine minutes long. I had questions, is this the right way to open an album or is it better suited for somewhere in the middle as a climactic centerpiece? Turns out the band was absolutely right on this call. It's a killer opening track that starts out very zen like with ambient noises of nature and then takes its time building up in a beautiful hard indie rock symphony that I loved. Even better is that they followed up that number with an equally impressive song that quickly became my favorite which is "Chromatic."
The album is assembled so beautifully that I could go on forever so I'll just say it is in the interest of the listener to listen to the album in its entirety in order. I promise it will not disappoint. It was sort of the best way for me to get acquainted and then better pinpoint which songs I immediately wanted to listen to again.
Speaking of tracks I wanted to hear again, I love that there are almost two albums woven together and they are lovely separated or held together. There are a lot of the slower songs that can be separated into a certain category for a more intimate use and then there are the fast ones which are great for more social occasions. All the songs have quality production behind them. This album is another great example of what can be accomplished when utilizing Logic for your mixing process.
The title may be long, but squintyoureyesandseegod is a memorable name and worth its weight in scrabble points. Without having listened for very long I knew I needed to have this album for my own.
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