Woods newest, Sun and Shade, will instantly own you with "Who Do I Think I Am?", a serious pop song covered in clanky percussion and bite-sized guitars. Songs like "Pushing Onlys" and "What Faces the Street" hint at jangly West Coast '60s rock, while the lengthier tracks ("Out of the Eye" and "Sol y Sombra") stretch into Krautrock ideals and experiment beyond the embraced homage to three-minute fuzzy guitar pop. The momentum is a tad tripped up when "Sol y Sombra" and "Out of the Eye" flex out their Eastern mantra qualities, but Sun and Shade has enough warmth and breeze to be a highly valuable summer listen as you set up camp and lose your cool with those inevitable swarming bugs.
Woods may come across as too laid back or dare I say a "jam band," but this four piece is nailing down some fantastic stuff in the process and tripping into them might be the best discovery you make all year.