Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Reviews:: The Wooden Sky If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone.

It’s no secret that Frank over at Chromewaves is a hard working man, so it’s no great sin to come a day late and a dollar short with a review. It does however strip away some of the originality from our take on The Wooden Sky and probably reduced this post by 250 words.

You see, much like Frank I’ve known about the band for a few years but outside of adding one of their songs to the Ontario edition of The Great Canadian Mixtape, I’ve never featured the band on herohill. That my e-friends, is a shame as I thoroughly enjoyed their 2007 release - When Lost at Sea - and have heard nothing but good things about their live sets, but never took the time to post on the band.

Well, seeing their name in the ole inbox finally grabbed my eye and thank Buddha it did. With the upcoming release of If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone and the current state of music, The Wooden Sky might finally get the attention they deserve from the blog world and the casual fan testing the waters of roots music. The record moves at a slower pace than their previous affair, but it’s filled with moments of beauty that drop your jaw. The harmonies, steel and heart wrenching lyrics of Oslo hits with the impact of a truck and the tenderness of the piano/string filled closer River Song One will be one fans sing, eyes closed at shows, but they drift onto the back porch so easily (Fairweather Friends) it’s impossible not to relax alongside the ear pleasing melodies.

The Wooden Sky make sure not to get caught in a rut and fill If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone with just enough sing-alongs ( The Late King Henry, the spirited Lock and Key and Angels) to keep the listener engaged, but it’s the blasts of feedback and the time capsules the dig up that really make this record work. The 60’s AM radio feel of Bit Part gives the band a sense of history and authenticity, but one that is completely contrasted by the grit and experimentation that dominate the lead single, Something Hiding For Us In The Night.

The band somehow toe the line between tried and true, wide open expansive numbers and the compositions of a more claustrophobic city dweller and to me, the mix is fantastic. More importantly, it should help them settle into the stable of roots artists touring down South and overseas. In fact, the Toronto band is about to head out on a Cross-Canada tour to promote the record so if you live West of Quebec, I’d highly suggest you check The Wooden Sky when they play in your town.

Just for fun, here's a quick video form the band for Oh My God (It Still Means a Lot to Me). Enjoy.

MP3:: The Wooden Sky - Something Hiding For Us In The Night
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/thewoodensky

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Posted at 8:15 AM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Colin Medley did sayeth:

I can't wait to get my grubby hands on this record! Definitely one of the best live acts on the road.


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