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Wooden Sky, The / Swimming In Strange Waters
Album:Swimming In Strange Waters Collection:General
Artist:Wooden Sky, The Added:01/2018
Label:Nevado Records 

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Add Date:2018-02-07 Pull Date:2018-04-11 
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Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2018-01-29 
“Swimming in Strange Waters” The Wooden Sky
Fifth full-length album for the Canadian indie rockers. Music is a mix of alt-rock and folk-rock, with psychedelic elements and a hint of Americana at times. Lots of big guitars, organ, synth, and distortion. Lead vocalist Gavin Gardiner has a distinctive singing style with a notable Southern drawl and a rawness that works well with the band’s almost live, stadium sound. RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Phosphorescent, The War on Drugs.
— Francis

Recommended: 1, 3, 5, 4, 8. No FCCs, I think. Label says there are on #5 and #6 — but lyric sheet shows the words to be “hell” and “Christ,” which aren’t FCC violations.

1. (4:57) Swimming in Strange Waters – Shimmering and atmospheric, with growling and ringing guitars, organ, synth, and driving drums. Reminiscent of The War on Drugs, but more edgy. ****
2. (4:56) Life Is Pain, Pain Is Beauty – Deliberate tempo. Sustained, distorted guitars and organ. Raw vocals.
3. (4:34) You’re Not Alone – Opens with a beat and bass line that’s almost a dead ringer for Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” Evolves into an easy-going stroll with a warm folk-rock feeling and also some noise layered in. ***
4. (4:12) Deadhorse Creek – Starts as a traditional Americana tune, with Gardiner’s vocals straining to their limits. Builds into a rocking stomper. ***
5. (3:50) Born to Die – Talking at beginning. Acoustic, gentle and melodic. Introspective lyrics. Nice harmonized vocals in the choruses. ***
6. (4:19) Black Gold — Searing, sprawling tune with swirling psychedelic trappings. Thumping beat.
7. (4:12) Riding the Wind – Uplifting and epic. This track most closely resembles The War on Drugs.
8. (3:29) Matter of Time – Almost a swingy alt-country feeling at the start. Builds to bigger, edgier rock. **
9. (3:53) Glory Hallelujah – Full strings and piano. Reverent feeling.

Track Listing
1.Swimming In Strange Waters 5.Born To Die
2.Life Is Pain, Pain Is Beauty 6.Black Gold
3.You're Not Alone 7.Riding On The Wind
4.Deadhorse Creek 8.Matter Of Time
 9.Glory Hallelujah