Boomkat Product Review:
Woo mark 40 years of eternally charming releases with a typically lovely turn on their new home, Florentine label Quindi Records, following their ‘Celestial Railroads’ trip with Seahawks.
Brothers, Clive and Mark Ives aka Woo arrive at ‘Paradise In Pimlico’ via one of UK ambient/new age’s most singular catalogues, stretching between their 1982 debut LP ‘Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going Wrong’, dozens of compilations tracks, and armfuls of albums and self-releases spannign two distinct phases; their early run of delicacies 1981-1995, and a second wind since 2013 that brings them thus far. Now nestled on Florence, Italy’s Quindi, they follow-up 2018’s ‘Arcturian Corridor’ with a fresh batch of filigree delicacies, weaving Mark’s lissom, melodic guitar lines into Clive’s iridescent electronics in a deeply charming style that’s never failed them.
After 40 years of discrete practice, they sound more confident than ever in these 8 intricate arrangements. They’re still humble to a tee, but surely betray the siblings’ most layered and spirited efforts to date, pursuing their most sublime whims between tintinnabulous Recihain miniatures such as ‘Cadenza D’Innocenza’ and the rippling rhythmelodic lustre of ‘In Case Love Fails’ with exquisitely fine-tuning of their systems, winking at classic kosmiche inspirations on ‘The Motorik Mirror’, and tucking away their strongest grooves in the puckered double bass and brushed drums of ‘Gold Star’ and the lip-smacking latinate swinge of ‘Even More Notes’, while their title song and ‘Moment To Moment’ speak to their eternal knack for lullaby like lightness of being.