Woods’ brand of pop shamanism has undergone several gradual transformations over their past few albums, but on With Light And With Love, the tinkering reveals an expanded sonic palette that includes singing saw, heavier emphasis on percussion, and a saloon piano that sounds like it was rescued from a flooded basement. Distinct from both the stoned volk of their earliest recordings and the Kraut-y dalliances of more recent fare, With Light And With Love showcases a more sophisticated brand of contemporary drug music that owes more to Magical Mystery Tour than motorik.
Ultimate Painting emerged fully formed in the summer of 2014, brightening up the airwaves with their eponymous debut single ‘Ultimate Painting’. Spending the summer playing garden shows, house parties and putting on their own events, James Hoare (Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes) quickly followed the initial flurry of activity with their debut LP, released in October on Chicago’s Trouble In Mind Records (Mikal Cronin, Jacco Gardner, Dick Diver). Acclaimed by critics and peers, the LP felt like a breath of fresh air, with one eye on the orange haze of the late sixties and another looking optimistically to a sparse post-digital space.