from the label...
Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice comprises ex-members
of folk / psych space cadets of the Golden Calves / Polyamory axis,
plus a host of other rebels, freaks and prophets, all so deeply affected
it’s as if Jesus himself had reached His Hand down the front of
their pants. Xiao is laid thick with the musik fur alle vibes; they
seek alternative, primarily non-electric methods of melting down orange
amplification, leaving everyone trippin’ / slippin’ in the
resulting goo. Expect many things bowed and plucked and wet cardboard
percussion, providing the backdrop for Wooden Wand to sermonize on the
evils of fluoride and read the poetry of anonymous inner city hoods.
Death to the prosaic punks! Xiao will appeal to all hippies interested
in Limbus, Siloah, Angise Maclise, Vibracathedral Orchestra, The Master
QSH, Sperm, Joe Jones, NNCK, etc.
Wooden Wand are one of the most original bands in
NYC at the moment, taking the term psych/folk/noise to new levels. Beautiful
female harmonies, wonderful musicianship, and straight up noise collapse
into a wonderful mixture that's unique and beautiful. Plainly, this
is soul music.
If the minor psych-folk renaissance of the past few
years seems already to be fading into a bong resin-coated memory, nobodyùs
told NYC's Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice. As scene leaders like
Boston's Sunburned Hand of the Man burrow farther underground, Wooden
Wand are pumping out new material every month while simultaneously reissuing
out-of-print gems like Xiao, originally a vinyl-only release on tiny
Minnesota indie Destijl. Although they share improv tendencies with
their pseudo-rustic brethren, Wooden Wand's willingness to flirt with
more traditional song structure not only sets them apart but propels
them forward. "Return of the Nose" is a passionate fuzz-guitar
drone with a single female voice insisting that "all roads lead
to Him!" while a chorus of the damned wail and rattle their chains
in the background. Obtuse lyrics are layered throughout Xiao's hazy
musical maze: Wooden Wand may have a mission statement, but damned if
theyùre gonna tell us what it is. (3 _ stars)
August 19th, 2005
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 13 March, 2008.