Every Monday through Friday, we offer a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Insects,” by Woodsman from their forthcoming 2011 album Rare Forms on Lefse Records.
Woodsman are a four-piece band from Denver who have released a decent amount of material over the past few years, gaining steam in 2010 with the help of a somewhat-acclaimed EP in Mystery Tape as well as some wow-ing performances at this year’s CMJ festival in New York. They might be poised to breakout in 2011, as their new LP Rare Forms is set to be released on January 25 via Lefse Records, who also carry School of Seven Bells, How To Dress Well, and Neon Indian.
If Woodsman are anything they are psychedelic, relying heavily on guitars, looping, and effects pedals to produce aural tapestries of reverberation and swirling, trippy tones. Their prowess in this regard has garnered a few Tame Impala comparisons, but while Tame Impala’s brand of neo-psychedelia is more traditionally 60s and Beatles-inspired, Woodsman are more tribal, experimental, and “Brooklyn-ized.” These distinctions are exemplified in the fact that their lineup consists of two drummers in lieu of a more traditional drums-and-bass rhythm section.
Being from Denver, Woodsman take an organic approach to their music and specific style of psychedelic indie rock. Their multitude of sound effects and gratuitous pedal-work gives the impression that their music has gradually emerged from some forested landscape, perhaps in the Colorado wilderness they may or may not have spent time romping through under the influence. Their songs’ vocals also take on organic characteristics, sounding as they are hidden beneath a similar type of landscape as opposed to being sung right in front of you. Just listen to today’s featured song, “Insects,” the first they have released from Rare Forms, and hear for yourself.
Like I said, Woodsman are primed for a breakout year, but since that year is still pending, they are only scheduled for a few distant dates in Denver, and one in Marfa, Texas. In the meantime, check out their video for “Insects”: