Woods is praised for its ability to extract influence from many genres without losing the Woods’ sound: falsetto vocals layered over cosmic compositions, singing in harmony about the spiritual struggle between light and dark. The band has borrowed from 60s folk, Ethiopian jazz, country, funk, rock, noise, and mariachi.
The band has spread its influence beyond music, however. Frontman Jeremy Earl (vocals, guitar) created the record label Woodsist in 2006, allowing the band to continue to release their music by themselves. The label has evolved into more of a community and lifestyle. According to New York Magazine, “there are no contracts, just ‘friendly handshake deals’.” Earl also creates the album art for the band, which often includes vibrant ink sketches.
Woods was not planning on releasing music in 2017; however, they released Love is Love this year as a reaction to the current political climate. Rather than approaching American disillusionment with anger, the band decided to create an album that is “a meditation on love, and on what life means now,” according to a letter that preceded the album’s release.
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