Friday, January 18, 2013

Album Capsules--Wooden Wand

Wooden Wand

Blood Oaths of the New Blues


I'd never heard of Wooden Wand before getting this album.  Their music is described as "freak-folk," whatever that means.  To me, this album sounds like mellow country/folk music that successfully crosses over to ears accustomed to indie.  Standout tracks are the 13-minute opener, "No Bed for Beatle Wand / Days This Long," which plots the laid-back pace of the rest of the album, and "Southern Colorado Song"--clip below--the album's best song.  The two-minute "No Debts" is a gem of a finisher.

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