Woodsman: January 25, 2013 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

February 6, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

The Brooklyn-by-way-of-Denver band Woodsman make a unique brand of rock that features unconventional song structures and a mystical, blissed-out vibe.  While their excellent 2011 release, Rare Forms, was a good listen, the band had already evolved beyond it by the time of its release, as evidence by the Mystic Places EP that followed it shortly after.  As evidenced by much of the new material played during this opening set at Mercury Lounge, the band’s last year or so found them moving the goalposts again.  Here, the band performed a series of pure instrumentals, all of them save their 2012 single release “All Tangled Up” being brand new. These songs are about developing texture and mood, almost totally absent the bombastic dance-floor sound that kicked off Rare Forms or the Spiritualized/Pink Floyd-style rock sound that characterized much of Mystic Places. Part of the change in feel owes to the band’s shift from a two-drummer four piece to one-drummer trio, which, depending on which of their styles you like best, could be addition by subtraction.  These new compositions show considerable promise for the forthcoming third LP, in particular the night’s final complete number, “Ruin”.

I recorded this set with MBHO KA500N hypercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from the talented longtime Mercury Lounge engineer Kevin. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Woodsman for letting us post the recording, and their help with the setlist!

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Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli) + MBHO KA500N>MBP603>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, mix down, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 All Tangled Up
02 Balance
03 Untitled
04 Teleseparation
05 Ruin
06 [outro]

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