Strange To Explain

Woods - Strange To Explain
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #358 / 612
User Score
Based on 105 ratings
2020 Ratings: #474
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May 22, 2020 / Release Date
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Without losing the unfiltered emotion that makes them so compelling, Woods reach a new maturity with these songs. Fifteen years into a tirelessly curious evolution, the band sound more comfortable and surefooted here than ever before.


Strange to Explain is warm, weightless, and free-spirited. It doesn’t need to be compartmentalized – it’s gorgeous, and that’s enough.

Beats Per Minute

While largely things haven’t improved in the world, Woods, thankfully, have. Strange to Explain is a luscious return to form. Flawed, but luscious.

FLOOD Magazine

Strange to Explain is another fine album from Woods, and one which opens the door for more growth from the band.


It’s the kaleidoscopic soundtrack to a summer romance, the beating heart of a John Green novel, the catharsis of a quirky British indie film about two misfits finding each other on the pursuit of enlightenment.


Instead of people in a room playing guitars and drums and singing into real space, here you can almost feel the sliders sliding and new stereo tracks clicking open on the computer.

Its woods doing what woods does. Continuous cooking grooves, played by some of the best musicians in the indie game. 15 years down and I'm still tuned in. Hope I can see these guys live again in 2021.

Love the album art and the video animations, curiosity of John Andrews (check out his band too).
A lot going on here that's only going to get in my head more with repeated listens this year I suspect.
BEST TRACKS: Strange to Explain, Fell so Hard, Weekend Wind.
Woods' long discography brings us to the band's tenth album and the consistency continues.

It is safe to say that, as in the vast majority of their projects, "Strange to Explain" plays with the best that the band has to offer and leaves to experiment in the details. With a beautiful mix of folk and psychedelic melodies on the acoustic and electric guitar, but also a vibrant and subtle work on percussion and excellent wind instruments, the band's new album is one of the most ... read more
Standouts: Weekend Wind, Next to You and the Sea

Dropouts: Light of Day, Be There Still
It's just annoying
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Track List

  1. Next to You and the Sea
  2. Where Do You Go When You Dream?
  3. Before They Pass By
  4. Can't Get Out
  5. Strange to Explain
  6. The Void
  7. Just to Fall Asleep
  8. Fell so Hard
  9. Light of Day
  10. Be There Still
  11. Weekend Wind
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Added on: March 2, 2020