I'm starting to think I'm a sucker for most everything Woodsist releases, since I've recently praised James Toth's Golden Calves and Tim Presley's White Fence, who both released music this year. These artists tend to offer rough vocals and rambling guitar solos. Yeah, I grew up on Neil Young, but most of this stuff is spacier than anything he ever recorded (not that I won't always love Neil).
MV & EE (Matt Valentine and Erika Elder) are the latest act to fit that description. Or at least they're the latest label act to catch my eye; the prolific New York-by-way-of-Massachusetts duo, who've also billed themselves as Tower Recordings and Bummer Road, have been around in various configurations since 2000.
"Too Far to See," their new single, gets off to a minimalist start before blooming into a glorious ramble. The wavery singing recalls Mercury Rev and Black Moth Super Rainbow, while the guitar work conjures up Mick Ronson and David Gilmour. It's 4:08 minutes long, but I wouldn't mind another two or three more.
Below: "Workingman's Smile" (new) and "The Best It Ever Was" (old).
Alternative version of a track from 2010's The Hick Smoke (Manhand).
MV & EE tour the East Coast through July with Herbcraft, Mmoss, Steve Gunn, P.G. Six, BR Garm, Dredd Foole, Willie Lane, Samara Lubelski, and Herbcraft (depending on venue). Woodsist releases Space Homestead on May 15, 2012.