The Wooden Sky

The Wooden Sky’s albums don’t jump out at you with a catchy single that lures you in. They just slowly ease into your conscious over several listens. And even then it is a slow burn much like the style of their music. Their blend of indie and alt-country slowly soaks into your being.

Much like their last effort, If I Don’t Come Home, You’ll Know I’m Gone, Every Child takes a few times through to discover the nuances that make it a real treat. Lead singer, Gavin Gardiner’s vocals are languid as he leads the band through a number of tunes that would appeal to fans of The Head & The Heart.

My favorite track, Take Me Out, harkens of a day when the late Dick Clark was hosting American Bandstand with its distinctive 50s feel. Your fight Will Not Be Long has the protagonist coming to grips with the death of a loved one. The subtle flourishes the band provides in backing Gardiner are fantastic and the outro with the horns twisting around each other is a beautiful touch to a well-written tune.

It’s taken me awhile to really appreciate this album. Between this and the predecessor If I Don’t Come Home, I really feel like they have one truly great album. Both are quite good and in steady rotation, but I think the next one is going to be one that catapults them to another level.

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Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun is the new album from Canadian alt-country outfit The Wooden Sky. If last year’s City of Lights EP was just a little tease, this track should finish the job of converting you into a fan of The Wooden Sky.

Look for the album on 2/28.

The Wooden Sky – Child of the Valley

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the wooden sky

To quote the great Cosmo Kramer:

“Wood, Jerry. Wood.”

There’s a lot of bands that we’ve reviewed on HearYa with “Wood” in the name – The Deep Dark Woods, Wooden Wand, Royal Wood, The Wooden Birds. Heck, even one of our writers is named Woody and the first compilation we ever put out was called Earwood Volume 1. What’s the moral of this story? You guessed it. We flipping‚ adore wood.

Enter Wooden Sky. Canadian? Check. Wood in the name? Check. This is looking promising already.‚ And upon my first listen to their just-released album, If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone, I was sold hook, line, and sinker. While these guys have been playing together since 2003, they’ve somehow managed to fly under our radar. Shame on us. They’re right up our alley (and since you’re here, probably yours, too). Self-described as‚ “folk rock” or alt-country, The Wooden Sky is a blend of everything that’s‚ good about music today.

I found the album easy to digest upon the first listen, which is good for my short attention span. But that’s not to say the album is at all boring – it‚ bounces between folk rockers like “The Late King Henry,” slower ballads like the standout track “Oslo,” and‚ shuffling country-twinged numbers like‚ “Oh My God‚ (It Still Means a Lot To Me).” The vocals on each track are outstanding, conjuring a more talented Mason Jennings at times and a less frenetic Michael Glabicki at others (25 cents to anyone who knows who that is). And the female backing vocals add depth to a number of the songs.

This is a great album – give it a try. Wood, Jerry. Wood. Catch them touring with Elliott Brood this fall.

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The Wooden Sky – Something Hiding For Us in the Night

Video: The Wooden Sky – Oh My God (It Still Means a Lot To Me)

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