It seems like Woodsist Records can do no wrong, at least as of late. So far this year we’ve been treated to an astounding album of burbling folk in Ducktails III and an exciting approximation of the tape warped pop of the mid 60s in White Fence’s Is Growing Faith, not to mention several other great efforts from Ryan Garbes and Nodzzz. It seems appropriate then that the creators of the label would jump in with something of similar quality and with Sun and Shade, Woods has done just that.

For the most part Sun and Shade is just what you’ve come to expect from a Woods record - the sort of sunny psychedelia that’s not too far off from what you might find on a Grateful Dead album. ‘Pushing Onlys’ is just that, it’s hooky intro setting the tone for what proves to be one of Woods’ better albums overall. Songs like ‘Be All Be Easy’ fit the Woods template pretty well, the two instrumental centerpieces keep this record fresh and distinct from previous ones.

Though kraut-y grooves of first ‘Out Of The Eye’ and then ‘Sol y Sombra’ recall a bit of a Neu! influence, you’d be hard pressed to find straight plagiarism. While Woods does seem more locked in here than the more free form jams from Songs of Shame, the repetitiveness is where the similarities lie. These are fully organic, yet terse and driving pieces that work well to build to those aforementioned psychedelic songs.

It had to be planned that this album receive a June release. These are summer songs, but not in the sense that Best Coast, Wavves and Tennis have come to define hipstery beach pop. These are songs that would be fit to literally soundtrack an afternoon of sun and shade. This is the band that'd play in the park as you sit under that huge tree seeking respite from the brutal heat common to the day. These are songs that'll carry you through the hot months and provide a cool refuge. It’ll certainly provide a suitable soundtrack to my summer in the least.

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