Some updates (finally)!

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Photos by Johan Vall

Hello everyone!

It’s been almost 6 months with radio silence, and we do apologize for that. But, we have been lurking about in the dark waters this summer, making plans.

We do have some upcoming shows, and will post more info about these as soon as they are confirmed dates. If you have a venue in mind that you’d like to see us play, send us a message!

Unfortunately, the vinyl edition of our second album has suffered some delays. We do have all the pre-orders noted, and will update you all as soon as the issue has been resolved.

Furthermore, we have are about to start writing some new material as well! At this point, we’re looking at releasing an EP sometime during the winter. We don’t know exactly what direction it will take, but it will most likely be something fitting the darker part of the year.

More news coming soon!

// Woods End

Our influences

We’ve made a little playlist on Spotify with some of our influences. It’s a work in progress, and we’ll try to keep it updated. If you’ve wondered what we might be listening to, this could give you a hint! You can find the playlist via our Artist Page on Spotify, or by clicking here!

Russian review (now translated!)

A few days ago, we received a review written in Russian over at VK. As Google Translate can only help out to a certain degree, we called out for help. Luckily for us, Anya Ayonova came to our aid. A huge thank you for this, and thank you to Mr Easy Slow for the kind words!

Here is the review:

The second album of the young and little-known Swedish band Woods End, which does not make up to the canon standards. Musicians do not follow the traditional way of the neo-folk genre (especially German): you will hear no exalted and cold manner of singing; you will find neither minimalistic sounding, nor any kind of appealing to the abstract European values, archetypes or concrete historical events in the lyrics. In fact, whichever way you look at this record, it does not fit within the determinate scope of the genre.

Perhaps, Woods End should not be even fitted into these rigid and unforgiving frames of genres and tags and there are more than enough examples of the music, which cannot be clearly classified. For example, such bands as The Owl Service and The Hare And The Moon, that for all their external features of the psychedelic folk-rock heritage, certainly belong to the neo-folk scene. As a matter of fact, it is no coincidence that these British artists were brought up. How organically they looked in the Dark Britannica from Cold Spring! Clearly Woods End would have fitted organically into such concept as well, though it should be noted that the Swedes sing not about Albion, but about their homeland, despite the English-language lyrics.

Their music comes close to the hymns of Dark Britannica by the almost physically sensible love for nature, heritage and folklore of their country and land. This is a love of a special kind, apolitical, which has nothing to do with the nominal term of patriotism with its “us” and “them”, specified by borders on the map. Woods Ends songs are not only about Sweden; they express their feelings for the whole Scandinavia, so to say, an indivisible environment closely derived by a common culture, history and a completely unique philosophy and outlook, which is, to a certain degree, due to the special magic of Scandinavian nature.

The elusive aesthetics and inward composition perception are certainly the most important components of the album, but it also must be said a few words about the music itself. What lies before us is a rich and instrumentally deep folk-rock, sometimes reminiscent of Ulver, sometimes tend towards the psychedelia of the already mentioned The Owl Service and sometimes progressive rock in its modern sense can be heard as well. With all that highly significant material it is filled with catchy and almost pop-musical rhythms (I cannot get rid of the Chris Isaac analogy in the track Myling). It should sound spectacular on live performances (and I would like to see their visit to Russia one day).

In the end, however, there is a fly in the ointment. The album is way too short; it is hard to tell the difference between one song and the other and moreover… But you know what? Screw all that! The record came out brilliant and wonderful, no fly in the ointment whatsoever. Definitely must listen.

“There’s an ancient magic at work here…” – Belwood Music

James at Belwood Music had a listen to our song Lanterns/Allhelgona, and wrote some really nice words about it! Thanks James!

There’s something special about bands that capture the very soul of their homeland, whether it’s Americana artists embodying the sparseness of the desert or surf rock bands sharing the playfulness of the waves. Swedish band Woods End are one of the finest examples of this that I have ever come across. With ‘Lanterns/Allhelgona’ they paint a scene of the frozen north at twilight. The sparse folk arrangement conjures an image of somewhere isolated and at the mercy of nature, the harmonies rise and fall like they are echoing across the frozen expanse for only the mountains and forests to hear. The haunting melancholy of this track has a timeless feel, like it has been shared by the fireside for as long as there have been people to sing it. There’s an ancient magic at work here, as this song draws you in and you find yourself never wanting to leave.

To listen to Lanterns/Allhelgona, and the rest of our new album, click here!

Russian review (translation needed)!

We got a fairly long review from our new friend over on the “E:\music\dark folk”-community on VK.

Since Google Translate doesn’t really do the trick here, we’re looking for someone who might be able to translate it more properly. If that person is you, or you know someone who might be, let us know!

A huge thank you to the community on VK!

Here’s the review:

Woods End – II (2018)
neofolk | folk rock

Второй альбом молодой и мало кому знакомой шведской группы Woods End не старается угодить канону. Музыканты не следуют по традиционному пути неофолка (особенно немецкого): вы не услышите тут возвышенной или отстраненной манеры пения, не найдете звукового минимализма, аппелирования в лирике к абстрактным общеевропейским ценностям архетипам или вполне конкретным историческим событиям.
В сущности, с какой стороны ни взгляни на пластинку, она не укладывается в означенные рамки жанра.

Возможно, ее и не стоит укладывать на это прокрустово ложе жанров и тегов, ведь хватает примеров, когда музыкальный материал не поддается четкой классификации. Например, такие коллективы, как The Owl Service и The Hare And The Moon, при всей своей внешней приверженности психоделическому наследию фолк-рока, безусловно относятся к неофолковой сцене. Вообще, неспроста вспомнились эти британские команды – как органично они смотрелись в сборниках Dark Britannica от Cold Spring, так и Woods End органично вписались бы в их концепцию. С той поправкой, что шведы поют не об Альбионе, а о своей родине, несмотря на англоязычную лирику.

Их музыку роднит с гимнами “Темной Британии” почти физически ощущаемая любовь к природе, наследию и фольклору “Своей” страны, своего края. Любовь эта особого сорта, аполитичная, не имеющая ничего общего с казенным термином патриотизма с его “своими” и “чужими”, разделенными границами на карте. Woods End поют не об одной Швеции, они выражают свои чувства к целой Скандинавии, поскольку это неделимая среда, тесно связанная общей культурой, историей и совершенно уникальными философией и мироощущением, которые, в свою очередь, в значительной степени обусловлены особым волшебством скандинавской природы.

Неуловимая эстетика и внутримузыкальное мироощущение, безусловно, важнейшая составляющая альбома, но надо сказать и пару слов о самой музыке. Перед нами насыщенный и инструментально богатый фолк-рок, местами напоминающий Ulver, местами склоняющийся к психоделии уже упоминавшихся The Owl Service, а кое-где вы слышите и вовсе прогрессивный рок в его современном понимании. При всём этом материал очень “песенный”, он наполнен цепляющими и почти поп-музыкальными ритмами (не могу отделаться от аналогии с Крисом Айзеком в треке Myling). Он должен замечательно звучать на живых выступлениях (хотелось бы когда-нибудь увидеть их визит в Россию).

Напоследок следовало бы заготовить ложку дегтя. Рассказать о том, что альбом очень уж короткий, о том, что некоторые песни сложно отличить друг от друга или о том, что, ой, ну зачем это всё, ей-богу. Пластинка вышла чудо какая хорошая, и никакого дегтя не будет.
Надо слушать.

Super World Interview Time: Mats Persson from Woods End

Mats did an interview a few days back. Here it is, along with some kind words from SWIT!

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photo by Johan Vall

Woods End has just released their second LP, titled “II” (apt). It’s a beautiful piece of Swedish Americana. The songs are graceful, skillfully crafted and played, and suffused with sadness. Their music has a stillness and a timeless quality that sets it apart. The band say they draw “inspiration from the landscapes of the Swedish north….and bring stories from where the daylight fades, and the long nights begin. Where the woods meet the shores, and the winter tells of tales uncovered in the snow.” Sums it up pretty well for me, they remind me a bit of early Big Country in terms of tone/mood – say tunes like “The Storm” or “Porrohman”.  I do feel that us inhabitants of the Northern European fringes share an ancient connection and understanding that comes through in the music we make (then again I could be talking bollocks), anyway –…

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Americana UK: Myling

The good Jonathan Aird at Americana UK took a listen to our track “Myling”, and had this to say:

“Taken from their new album ‘II’ this atmospheric track is very typical of Woods End who exhibit a far too precise English Folk feel for a band that hails out of Sweden.  Much of the album was recorded in a summer house and makeshift studio by the Baltic Sea, with the guitars and vocals added at several different locations (including a rehearsal space, a sauna and a record shop), the album taps into the darker side of Americana – spectral doom laden landscapes abound.”

http://americana-uk.com/woods-end-myling-listen

To give Myling a listen yourself, click here!