Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hush Arbors to release the J. Mascis-produced "Yankee Reality" Out 10.6.2009 on Ecstatic Peace!

Watch the "The Devil Made You High" video premiere HERE at Stereogum

"(Keith) Wood takes the bare bones of Americana and makes something personal and timeless."

"Hush Arbors' brims with the vitality of a man still in love with music." NME

"Wood clearly has a keen ear for knowing when to hold back and when to expand the possibilities of the song."
Pitchfork Media

Yankee Reality. What does it mean? Does it portend that there is some unique, other plain of existence for northerners and / or city folk? Something perhaps alien to, well, everybody else? Virginia cum citizen of London / rambling man Keith Wood knows all about it. Several years ago, he relocated to the city of crumpets and tea, where he, among other things, secured a gig playing guitar for notoriously intense death folk legends Current 93. In the midst of all this excitement, he has managed to write and record a brand new Hush Arbors album, his second for Ecstatic Peace!, and it's his finest to date. With a full band in tow - multi instrumentalist Leon Dufficy, bassist Jason Ajemian, and drummer Ryan Sawyer - and none other than J Mascis in the producer's chair, Yankee Reality continues Wood's winning streak while introducing an embarrassment of riches in the way of surprises and curveballs along the way.

Yankee Reality is a credit to Keith Wood's vast talents as a songwriter and performer, but also, stands as a shining example of his breadth of focus and versatility. How many fools out there love Merle Haggard, The Dead and Dinosaur, Jr equally? I know one.

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