At Echo Lake

Woods - At Echo Lake
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Based on 12 reviews
2010 Ratings: #204 / 855
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Based on 27 ratings
2010 Ratings: #98
May 4, 2010 / Release Date
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It’s probably easy to hate on Woods. The band plays what has been invariably described as “spooky campfire folk” with a serious hippie-1960s-classic rock influence, which would be all well and good if they came from where their music sounded like it came from (say, Vermont). Fact is, however, they’re from Brooklyn. Yes, another Brooklyn hipster band, and this one with the audacity to sing songs about woods and lakes when anyone who’s been to Brooklyn knows these things exist there in very short supply.

Drowned in Sound

Tape culture has become all zeitgeisty these past couple of years; the New York Times, Guardian and Pitchfork amongst others have all devoted articles to the resurgence of the 'dead' format. Whatever the reasons behind it – nostalgia, aesthetics, rejection of modern technology, willful obsolescence – it's popular. Last year writer Ceci Moss identified 101 cassette labels in operation. There's probably more now. The whole movement ties in with the chillwave/glo-fi/whatever scene – Ducktails, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out and others have released tapes in the past year. And Fuck It Tapes, the cassette label of Woods frontman Jeremy Earl have releases from Vivian Girls, Wavves and Blank Dogs in the catalogue.

Woods has been putting out really great music for a decade now, but this album still works the best for me.

Blood Dries Darker, Suffering Season, Time Fading Lines & Death Rattles are all essential Woods tracks. The other songs on here are all pretty much 2 minute psychedelic lo-fi stoner folk tunes.
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Track List

  1. Blood Dries Darker
  2. Pick Up
  3. Suffering Season
  4. Time Fading Lines
  5. From the Horn
  6. Death Rattles 
  7. Mornin' Time
  8. I Was Gone
  9. Get Back
  10. Deep
  11. Til the Sun Rips

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