At Echo Lake

Woods - At Echo Lake
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2010 Ratings: #212 / 875
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Based on 42 ratings
2010 Ratings: #172
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.

The Needle Drop

Y'all may remember I loved their last album, Songs of Shame, and At Echo Lake is a worth follow-up, for sure. There's more variation and a slightly more upbeat attitude. I just wish this band would bite the bullet and come out with something a little more fleshed out, but the style here is still unique enough to keep me interested, really interested.

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. Pretty amazing how overlooked this band is, imo this is as good a psychedelic freak-folk album as you will find this decade.

Blood Dries Darker, Suffering Season, Time Fading Lines & Death Rattles are all essential Woods tracks. The other songs on here are all varying degrees of awesome 2 minute psychedelic lo-fi stoner folk tunes.
I was excited to listen to an indie folk type record after all the hippity hop I've been surrounded by but this album left me wanting more. Nothing quite stuck with me and the chords for every song are heard across all indie albums. Nothing unique, mixing is a bit rough, doesn't surprise. As the album does nothing new, it also does nothing blatantly wrong and the songs dont sound bad. Overall an average album with an average experience. Blood dries darker is pretty nice though.
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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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