Strange to Explain
22 May 2020
If you weren’t paying attention, you might not have realized that Woods spent the last decade growing into one of indie rock’s most reliable bands. Between 2011 and 2016, they released four legitimately great LPs, each one finding co-founders Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere more comfortable in their respective roles. Earl honed his signature falsetto and gained confidence as a frontman and songwriter. As producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist, Taveniere gradually moved the band away from the tape-hiss of their early days and towards a broader sound that matched their expanding influences. Every record was simultaneously more adventurous and more refined. Unlike many of their buzzed-about contemporaries from early 2010s New York, Woods had established an instantly recognizable aesthetic without ever sounding trapped by it.
Maybe that’s why their last album, 2017’s Love Is Love, was such a disappointment. Written and recorded