Wood-Land, if you read this, I don’t know if I should thank you or congratulate you. I want to thank you because this is a phenomenal album, absolutely exceptional in every regard, gifting everyone privileged enough to hear it with some of the best tracks available. I want to congratulate you because you have won my award for best psych album of the year! Maybe even best psych album ever?! “Stone Circle” deserves much more than a measly ten stars! I wish we had more because in the school of experimental music this one has graduated with honors!
Wood-Land is a group of friends that call themselves The Vessels of the House of the Forest. This moniker alone says it all. This is an autumnal album that has crawled its way out of the Pennsylvania woods. It’s packed with twenty tracks loaded with everything that any good psych album should have: entrancing loops, echoing drones, warped vocals, blissful guitar, earthy low-fi, and crispy fuzz. Lots of variety to keep things interesting, which can make it feel like a compilation at times…BUT, it’s the best of everything! Every angle that they could come from just nails it so well. Extremely magical.
Oooo, I just wish everyone could hear this! It’s too bad it’s only released in a scanty count of 100 copies. Invite the forest spirits into your stereo. 10/10 -- Dave Miller (16 December, 2009)