by Dave Segal
on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM
(Barboza) Brooklyn's Woods have a split personality. Sometimes they come off as overly earnest folk-pop dweebs featuring Jeremy Earl's yearning, high-pitched vocals, making you think of pleasant and innocuous early-afternoon Pitchfork Fest acts. At other times, Woods summon a deep psychedelic vibe, like a cleaner-veined Velvet Underground going long and hypnotic on a couple of choice chords and Eastern-leaning tonalities (see "September with Pete" from Songs of Shame or "Sol y Sombra" from Sun and Shade). Then there's the über-cool krautrock epic "Out of the Eye" from Sun and Shade—tremendous. One wishes Woods focused more on the latter two facets of their sound, but why should they pay attention to a music journalist from Seattle with the anti-Midas touch, anyway? With the Fresh and Onlys.