Just like there are a good amount of wolves in the music game (Wolf Gang, AIDS Wolf, Wolves in the Throne Room, etc.) there’s a good amount of woods (Woodkid, Woods, etc.). Woodsman are an experimental psychedelic Denver band and their sophomore LP Rare Forms is assured to keep you glued to what’s coming out of your speakers. Woodsman craft sound tapestries, woven with lingering decay, clean instrumentation (some saxophone actually), wordless vocals, and loop mantras. The second track “Dead Awake” faintly reminds me of a Broken Social Scene record with its incoherence regarding what’s actually happening within the song. “No Dialogue,” the third track, is a seedy and redemptive instrumental post-rock morning landscape. The fourth track “Special Creatures” invokes the cymbals and heavy percussion. “I Can’t Move” taps in to the new age and good old indie rock at the same time. As you can tell, this record is going to come out of left field with every single track. If you like something that is chilled out and that isn’t predictable, this is right up your alley. Check out Rare Forms below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

The sophomore full length from Denver psych weirdos Woodsman see's them shedding the epic lengthy jams that have categorized their releases to date for something more concise and powerful. After holing up in their Denver house for a month they emerged with a record that is both more focused and forward thinking. 11 tunes covering everything from kraut inspired grooves to tribal/trance dronescapes and layering it with an off center pop sensibility.

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