The Deep Dark Woods | Winter Hours

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Winter Hours

by The Deep Dark Woods

Influenced by the likes of The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Gram Parsons, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, as well as traditional bluegrass artists like The Stanley Brothers & Carl Story, The Deep Dark Woods blur the lines between country, rock, folk & blues.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Farewell
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2. Nancy
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3. How Can I Try
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4. All the Money I Had is Gone
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5. Polly
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6. The Birds on the Bridge
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7. Two Time Loser
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8. As I Roved Out
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9. The Gallows
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10. When First Into This Country
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11. The Winter Hours
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12. The Sun Never Shines
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"Winter Hours", The Deep Dark Woods' sophomore release on Black Hen Music, is an album full of raw emotion, sadness, beautiful vocals and harmonies, new sounds, and well thought out arrangements. Working with Juno award winning producer/musician Steve Dawson at Vancouver's famed recording studio "The Factory", they managed to bring out an energy that the new songs deserved, recording the album live off the floor. What was created represents a collection of their best songs yet, the ever changing sound of the band, and a step forward from their touted first release "Hang Me, oh Hang Me", which was nominated for Best Roots Album at the Western Canadian Music Awards this year.

The timeless sound of the aptly named "The Deep Dark Woods" belongs to the depressing winters of the north. Pulsing with human warmth, these original songs echo through the lonesome night. Ryan Boldt's plainspoken lyrics offer a strong but gentle tone which understates poetry, oftentimes as startling as hot blood in fresh snow. Despite the dark themes, the heaviness never overwhelms the music's playfulness. An utterly fun rhythm section, brilliant guitar work, and eerily rich harmonies drive the songs. One could easily be forgiven for mistaking their songs as treasures of decades past, as

The Deep Dark Woods approach their instruments with studied respect for the honoured traditions of the shadowy side of roots music. Once again this album showcases The Deep Dark Woods versatility, sifting through different sounds and styles that are melded together. From songs like Farewell and How Can I Try which are older than band itself to Polly which was written out of the blue while all 4 members were jamming. Major highlights of the album are current fan favorites at shows The Winter Hours, and
The Gallows, where The Birds on the Bridge, and the album's single All the Money I Had Is Gone show a very strong personal side. The album features only one full out rock song, Two Time Loser, a departure from their previous album, which has given the DDW a chance to explore other facets of their sound. When First Into This Country is a traditional English folk song while you can hear definite r & b influences in the epic Sun Never Shines. In spite of these contrasts, the songs manage to be united by the warmth of their vocal harmonies, moody guitar tones and lumbering rhythm section.


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Nathan Anderson

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This album evokes much of the best North American rock music of the 20th century. The music is clearly inspired by and indebted to the past but the uses its influences as a starting point rather than as some kind of musical novocaine that dulls edges and removes emotion.

Birds on the Bridge sounds like Neil Young but it sounds like Neil Young stretched out and taken further than he's gone before. The closing track "Sun Never Shines" sounds like "It Makes no Difference" by the Band but more because of the emotion and movement of the song rather than any lifting of music. Two Time Loser sounds like the Byrds and Farwell sounds like a song destined to be song by Johnny Cash.

Just a fantastic album!