Whales and Roses Review in No Depression
We Are the Woods
Whales and Roses
Lovely and evocative, We Are the Woods’ hushed harmonies, twilight vocals and intimate melodies converge for a debut album that strongly suggests they’re a band worth watching. A previous EP, Eight Belles, gave guitarist Jessie Murphy the main billing, but here the band operates on all the same cylinders and produce a set so assured most bands wouldn’t realize its proficiency until several sessions on. Among the many standouts: the irresistible “Ghost Is the Color,” a giddy “Black Diamond, Pink Diamond,” the bracing “Subway” and the pop-pervasive “In the Library.” The songs are crisp yet precious, cheery with a slight hint of fairy tale charm. Murphy’s been cited for guitar prowess, but this isn’t a guitar album per se. Rather it’s an effort where ambiance and intrigue take center stage and that makes it one enticing escapade. This woodland journey is heartily encouraged.