Woods :: Perennial

As is the case in pretty much any situation, the late David Berman said it best when describing Woods as his very own “jangle merchants” around the time they served as his backing band on Purple Mountains. Songwriters Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere have created something spellbinding, impressive and lasting with Perennial, their 12th record.

Transmissions :: Jarvis Taveniere (Woods)

Welcome to Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions; this week on the show, we’re joined by arvis Taveniere of Woods. You know his long running Woods band with Jeremy Earl of course—and Woodsist, their record label and Woodsist Festival, which returns September 23-24 upstate with Kevin Morby, Avey Tare, Cochemea, Tapers Choice, Ana Saint Louis, Natural Information Society, Kurt Vile, Scientist, DJ Aquarium Drunkard—that’s our own Justin Gage—plus many more. The band also just released a glowing new album, Perennial, which finds the band in a gentle, rambling mode.

Woods :: Before They Pass By

Rather than existing at odds with the disturbing energy of the pandemic, and the eerie silences that accompanied the quarantine, Woods feel profoundly present. Their balmy psychedelia reckons with the world rather than seeking to escape it. Reflecting on and reasoning with death, they ask, “I see old friends when I sleep…Where do you go when you dream?” In a momentary flash, we see children age and gardens grow.