Woods - 'God's Children' [Listen]
Is 'God's Children' the most overlooked Kinks track, perhaps denying it classic status? Indeed, ex-Kink John Gosling puts it in his top three Ray Davies songs. Maybe this helped Woods' main man Jeremy Earl cast his falsetto across these words and chords when he chose this cover to back new single 'Be All Be Easy'.
Slightly confusingly, 'Be All Be Easy' was originally released in 2011 on the bands sixth album Sun and Shade. However, in 2013, Woods have a new drummer and time on the road gave an old song new shape. So they have committed a re-recorded version to tape as a farewell to the bands Rear House studio.
'God's Children' is very close to a religious song. Maybe that was Ray Davies' intent back in 1971, or perhaps he was referencing 'the good lord' as something idyllic. The cover Woods have created is certainly faithful to the original instrumentation. What they have added is the softer edges of The Byrds rich harmonies and a Simon and Garfunkel level of intimacy. Cymbals are merely tapped with sticks, drums are dampened, layers of clean-channel instruments strummed with intent and restful tones underpin the chorus. But Woods have brought a pace and sincere passion to their cover. This is three minutes of a band delighting in the challenge of another author's song, of playing in the pocket and doing what a lot of good cover songs can do – introduce new fans to older sounds.
Woods release their new single 'Be All Easy' on 8th July which is backed by this cover.
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The Brooklynites with a penchant for lo-fi, folksy ventures, Woods, have decided to re-record a track for release on 7" through Woodist on July 9th. The track in question, 'Be All Be Easy' originally came from their sixth album Sun & Shade released in 2011. [read more]
Gearing up for their eighth album Bend Beyond, Woods have dropped a new track that is set to appear on the record. With the new album has been hinted at being a quite dark piece of work, this track doesn’t at all allude to that with a lighter, more upbeat feel to it featuring a rather beautiful falsetto from frontman Jeremy Earl. [read more]
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