Boomkat Product Review:
Woodsist have been on a roll over recent months, but this new Ganglians album represents a new level of brilliance, showcasing some joyous pop songwriting and channelling the Beach Boys at their most experimental. The inevitably echo-dappled, pseudo-garage production is in full effect and so perhaps from a distance this record bears some aesthetic resemblance to various other entries into the Woodsist and In The Red catalogues (Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, etc), but this album trumps just about anything else from that school of pop. For starters there's a clarity and musicality to these songs that's entirely out of keeping with the smudgy ambiguities of the genre, instead the only possible complaint you could level at this album is that it sounds slightly too much like Brian Wilson - which isn't really a complaint at all. After a beautiful vocal introduction 'Voodoo' fires up with an array of gorgeous Afro-pop guitars, a theme carried over into 'Lost Words', before 'Candy Girl' draws your ear in an esoteric post-Pet Sounds type direction. The album doesn't fade a jot towards the end, if anything raising the stakes on tracks like the melodious stoner jangle of 'Cryin' Smoke' and the superb closer 'Try To Understand'. Brilliant.