Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Earl’

Painted Shrines – “Heaven and Holy”

High on my ‘most anticipated’ list is the debut from Painted Shrines. The collaboration between Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards/ Reds, Pinks and Purples) and Jeremy Earl (Woods) finds a sun-swathed balance between Glenn’s current run of jangle-pop and the verdant, fuzz-imbued psych that both players have long been mining in their respective catalogs. The next dip into the upcoming Heaven and Holy is the title track, a fizzing bit of psych-pop that’s bathed in bliss. Fuzz swirls howling in the distance, strums tangling around intertwined voices and the light caress of organ gluing the track together with ease. While the snow has encased the East Coast in a cocoon of frigid despair lately, this track helps melt the bitter chill with visions of the California sun that brought it to life. The debut LP is out March 5th from Woodsist.

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Painted Shrines – “Gone”

Hard to resist this one, with perennial RSTB faves Jeremy Earl and Glenn Donaldson pairing up for a duo that splits the crux of their current outputs — finding a jangle-pop dipped amalgam of the most pastoral fare that inhabits Woods and the more tightly buttoned ‘90s indie that Glenn’s been mining. Like Felt turning in Byrds covers, the work of Painted Shines hits a lot of pressure points around here. Not surerising that the two would find themselves musically entwined, with Glenn’s releases (Art Museums, Skygreen Leopards) finding a home on Woodsist over the years, and some hits at collaboration on their last couple of records. Glenn finds his way into the credits of Sun & Shade while Jeremy pops up in percussion on Glenn’s last LP You Might Be Happy Someday. Seems the back and forth stuck, and the pair decamped to Glenn’s studio in 2018 to record the songs on Heaven and Holy.

The first single “Gone” is a wistful amble through sunny streets with Earl’s voice lending the song his usual bittersweet textures. The song shares a lot of the same heavy sigh signifiers as Glenn’s last LP, finding the Kiwipop pedigree of The Cean and The Verlaines lingering among their more ‘60s saturated jangles. The full record finds its way out March 5th, on Woodsist, naturally. Gonna want to get this one on the list as soon as possible.


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Woods release archival collection Reflections Vol. 1

More Bandcamp goodness today with a new collection of archival material from Woods. Dubbed Reflections Vol. 1 (which bodes well for a volume 2), the comp picks up unreleased tracks, refined demos and live material that showcases the band’s tender folk. The collection includes a track recorded spontaneously on the roadside in the Arizona desert, a previously unreleased live jam from the band’s stint at Party in the Pines, put on by Mexican Summer, and a Brian Jonestown Massacre cover. The material’s quality feels far from b-sides and throwaway tracks, giving the collection the feel of an alternate reality album of Woods tracks that somehow went missing. Check out “Midnight Moment” below which was recorded during the sessions for With Light and With Love and finished this year in their home studio.


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Woods – “Strange To Explain”

News that Woods has an album on the way was among the best reliefs of the year. The band’s been lying low for a little bit, letting themselves ease into their own lives and focus on the label and festival. With the reveal of the first two singles from Strange to Explain, though, they prove that their time to rest has resulted in one of Woods’ deepest, most endearing records. The band revealed the title track this week and it’s a bittersweet, yearning song that tackles strange feelings of familiarity. The band’s sound is fuller than ever, fleshed out from the early days of their psych-folk sojourns into lush orchestrations that nestle into the greenery of their Upstate environs. Woodist fam and RSTB fave Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, The Reds, Pinks and Purples) shows up on background vocals and the whole thing sighs into the summer with an ease I hope is just over the horizon. The record is out May 22nd.



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Woods – “Where Do You Go When You Dream?”

Well I’m sure I’m not the first to tell you about this one, but its not every day that Woods give word of a new record on the way. The band’s been working on this one for a comfortable stretch, coming in as their eleventh album after 2017’s Love Is Love, with only a collaboration with Dungen sneaking in between. Their last was a response to political shift following the upsets of 2016, but now the feelings have had a bit more time to simmer. The first single “Where Do You Go When You Dream?” continues to act as balm, but this is also a decidedly mature and elegiac Woods. The song floats on a breeze of keys, drifting away from some of the sunny strums that have marked their past works. Its a melancholy track, steeped in memory, family, and friendship. Ochre-hued harmonies, full-fleshed production, and Jeremy Earl’s wistful vocals herald an album that moves the band into a new phase of their career with grace and ease. The record is out May 22nd on Woodsist.



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