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Day 264: The Wooden Sky – If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone

19 Nov

Oh My God

On an evening filled with less-than-stellar college admission results (i.e. deferred (i.e. college purgatory)), I’ve found a mood-fitting album.  But midnight is fast approaching, and I’ve got very little motivation to write tonight, so please forgive me if this post is a little below the level of excellence that you’ve come to expect out of me.

What we have here is some pretty sweet folk rock—what else would a band called “The Wooden Sky” make?  They’re Canadian, too. Once again, my claim that Canada has nothing to offer the rest of the world other than maple syrup and Terrance and Phillip has been refuted.

In a way, these guys remind me of The National.  This is kind of an abstract connection if you’re basing it only on the sounds of the two bands, but hear me out.  Both groups feature frontmen with very prominent voices, and very personal lyrics.  Their voices aren’t even all that similar—Matt Berninger of the National is known for his really low voice, while The Wooden Sky’s Gavin Gardiner just kind of has a drawl—but the fact that both are featured prominently in their respective band’s mixes makes me associate them with each other.

How was that for a run-on sentence?

Also, like the music of The National, If I Don’t Come Home… is a very atmospheric record.  There’s no way that I could listen to this at the beach during the middle of August.  Although it probably would be good for the beach during the middle of November.