Monday, October 09, 2006

God's portrait in the clouds

Wooden Wand (aka James Toth) is an obscenely productive psych-folk singer-songwriter from New York. I haven't had the time or energy to dive into the numerous albums he's been involved with over the last couple years, but Second Attention, reportedly the least-indulgent of his numerous releases, is very diggable. Gothic-yet-pretty folk songs with esoteric, religious lyrical themes sung in Toth's appealing tenor remind me of Devendra Banhart and other freak-folkers. But then again I am a sucker for that stuff. Couple that with a really cool lo-fi production ethic and you've got a damn enjoyable little neo-folk album. Check out "Lost Angeles Manna", which sounds like an Iron & Wine tune if Sam Beam had read "Salem's Lot" as a kid.

Wooden Wand And The Sky High Band- Portrait In The Clouds from Second Attention

Wooden Wand And The Sky High Band- Lost Angeles Manna from Second Attention


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