• Woods

I came late to upstate New York band Woods, missing their relatively shambling and jammy days—what I’ve heard is mostly their concise post-psychedelic output over the past couple years. As I blogged last December, I stumbled upon them at the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival, drawn to their set by the chipper melody of “Pushing Onlys.” Last month the band released a new album called Bend Beyond (Woodist), and though it doesn’t do much to disguise its influences, even after repeated listens I don’t care to criticize their borrowing—the vibe is so appealing and the melodies so insinuating.