The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #39: Woods

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Woods

WHAT: With Light And With Love

WHEN: April 2014

WHERE: Woodsist

WHY: There's just something about Woods, for me. This 2014 effort, With Light And With Love, is filled with off-kilter, ramblingly popped-up dreamy log cabin folksiness,  and that's a sound I have plenty of time for. It's also perhaps not as sunny as you might think. I adore the hallmark breathy, falsetto vocals, not to mention the appearance of some sweet slide guitar hither and thither (and do I even hear a theremin?)  It's got serious spirit, this record, and I like it.   

My jams: "Shepherd," "Shining," "With Light And With Love," "Moving To The Left," "Twin Steps," "Full Moon," "Feather Man"

[posted 4.19.15]


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