Hush Arbors Yankee Reality
(OUT OCTOBER 6, 2009)
1. Day before
3. Fast asleep
4. So they say
5. One way ticket
6. Coming home
7. Sun shall
8. Take it easy
9. For while you slept
10. Devil made you high
Keith Wood - Vocals, Electric Guitar, 12 String Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Leon Dufficy - Electric Guitar, 12 String Electric Guitar, Vox Compact, Piano
Jason Ajemian - Bass, Wurlitzer, Vibraphone, Tuba
Ryan Sawyer - Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone
All Songs written by Keith Wood
Produced By J Mascis & Justin Pizzoferrato
Yankee Reality CD
October 16, 2009
Andy Slocombe at The Fly gives Hush Arbors are warm live review: "At a time when we're familiarising ourselves with the new long-player the show fulfils a role in that process, as when we next spin the album virtually every song feels like we've known it for years." Read more.
More Yankee Reality reviews:
One listen to tracks like "Lisbon" and "So They Say" is all it takes to find the inner peace that comes from Yankee Reality and once you have it, you won't regret it. - sonic dissonance
October 2, 2009
"If you like your 2000's ghost folk with a healthy shot of '90s alternative guitar rock, then Yankee Reality should be right in your wheelhouse." - Snob's Music
October 1, 2009
Yankee Reality (out next Tuesday, 10/6) gathers some ace reviews:
"With one hand in traditional Americana and another in fuzzy garage grit, Hush Arbors reaches deep in ten tracks of subtle diversity and killer ambience." - Citizen Dick
"Even after the repetitive review listens that often kill an album where it stands Yankee Reality feels like a quarry of songs filled with a vivid water I have barely seen my reflection in, let alone broken the surface of." - Strangeglue
"[Hush Arbors] suggested that Wood was gracefully expanding on his fuzzy, avant-folk roots and embracing a more orthodox, though still somewhat other-worldly, tradition of American rock and roots music. Yankee Reality compounds that idea in style." - Uncut
And some awesome write-ups, too:
"Maybe in our next life we’ll craft a plaintive record wild with psych-folk fuzz and promise like Yankee Reality but we doubt it." - RCRD LBL
"Keith Wood’s folk-rock band Hush Arbors create music that conjures images of sunset views on mountaintops and the smell of dew on misty mornings, with its country/psychedelic approach paying homage to his Charlottesville, Virginia roots. Lucky for us, the homage won’t be stopping anytime soon." - Tiny Mix Tapes
September 25, 2009
Avert your eyes from the husharbors.com domain, Keith Wood made a blog full of multimedia odds and ends. Lose some time to it here.
The FADER premieres "Day Before," a track off of the upcoming J. Mascis produced Yankee Reality, here.
Raven Sings the Blues has two tracks off of Yankee Reality and this to say: "Certainly Yankee Reality is the best Hush Arbors album to date and in a year of relatively high water marks in music, its another triumph for all things good in '09." Read more.
"The beauty of this album is it connections to the roots of American music. There is a clear love for making music in every note of this album and a glowing reality that must be heard to be believed." - Orange Alert
"A diamond in the middle of a pile of dog turds." - Outside In No Co
September 22, 2009
Hush Arbors dropped this nature chaos and bloody mouth-filled video for "Devil Made You High," a track off their upcoming Yankee Reality that burns like a pinner, over at Stereogum. Watch and worship.
June 25, 2009
Unfortunately, the domain for the old Hush Arbors website at the WWW address ran out and was consequently hijacked by some heinous rape porn site. Doing what we can to resolve but apologies...
June 8, 2009
Hush Arbors, along with Clinic, will be supporting Dinosaur Jr for what promises to be a brainblowing MOJO Honours List show tomorrow night, 6/9, at the HMV Forum in London.
Best of 2008 Lists
Rollo & Grady
Mojo: Underground Album of the Month: "Wood's feathery tones and bejewelled axe illuminate a tuneful bouquet of styles ranging from the electric raga swing of Gone to Bless You's haunting vox' n' loops lattice."
Aesthetica : "This album has something extremely special about it...You feel like you've been let in on a greaat secret but its worth sharing so, so go, get up now, and get it."
The Decibel Tolls: "In short, Keith Wood just dropped the type of album that separates the men from the boys....Fuck Chinese Democracy, this is Hush Arbors’ time, as far as I’m concerned." Read more here.
The Wire: "(Keith) Wood takes the bare bones of Americana and makes something personal and timeless."
NME: "Sounds like somebody spiked Buck Owens' whisky with some double dipped acid"
NME: "Like a spontaneous French tonguing on a night bus, Virginian Keith Wood's latest offering as Hush Arbors strikes from nowhere, stunning us with its grin-spreading ace-ness...'Hush Arbors' brims with the vitality of a man still in love with music."
AU: " Eight songs of exquisite poise, delivered with a truckload of retro-panache."
KEXP Song of the Day: "Hush Arbors feeds on this sustenance to channel the early days of Haight & Asbury, to conjure the ghosts of Father Yod and to fixate on the fragility of Tim Buckley or the wanderlust of Woody Guthrie... Hush Arbors — band and album — are all about the journey and making sure your belly is always full on the long haul." More here.
Tiny Mix Tapes: "Hush Arbors is oversaturated. As has been said, it’s a kind of Siamese dream. It’s a cozy cavern performance, its performer tasered. Keith Wood twitches out his message; electric currents carry upward and outward. It’s a soothing cushion of chaos, like a bloody valentine, a buzzing saw, and an amazing star exploding into particle dust." Read more.
Fact Magazine interview and review
Glowing Raw: "Water, mountains, light, and mysterious women give weight to every track, brought to life by the ethereal, unpredictable cascade of sounds that take their place among them." More here.
Pop Matters: "Every track feels suffused with organic energy, the glow of natural light, the green haze of leafy vistas, the bright optimism of sunny days...This very fine album takes you into the light, points out the lovely view, and encourages you to stay a while. You couldn’t ask for a better break from the world." read it here.
New Noise: "Hush Arbor’s psyche-folk is a wondrous fusion of subdued raunch and delicate beauty sometimes all at the same time." more here.
Dusted: "Some of the thin, drilling guitar tones are redolent of direct-to-4-track overload, a nice reminder that Wood’s heart still lies with home tapers and bedroom maniacs." read more here.
The Dark Forest
Hair Entertainment interviews Keith Wood with Jack Rose, check it out here.
Prefix: "This time Wood matches the screaming guitars with some screams of his own, allowing his vocals to break from the cerebral tones that inform much of his music and letting the album peak with clattering force." Read it.
Weekly Dig: "Hush Arbors makes music just this side of fucked up, and if it found its way into a talented youngster's backpack, it could help change the world." More here.
Soft Black Stars: "BEYOND perfect"
Hush Arbors in Stereogum's The Outsider. Read it here.
Review of Hush Arbors in Uncut. Check it out here.
Hush Arbors wass SF Weekly's Mp3 of the day, more here.
10th - Greenville, Nc @ The Tipsy Teapot
409 Evans St # B
11th - Greensboro, Nc @ CFBG
1300 South Chapman Street
12th - Chapel Hill, NC @ The Nightlight
405 1/2 West Rosemary Street
13th - Asheville NC @ Harvest Records
415 Haywood Road
14th - Boone, NC @ 641 rpm
641 King St.
16th - Columbia, SC @ 701 Art Space
17th - Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
304 E. Stone Ave.
19th - Charleston Sc @ Tin Roof
1117 Magnolia Road
20th - Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
127 West Congress Street
21st - Atlanta, Ga @ Wonder Root w/king kingregation
22nd - Knoxville, Tn @ Pilot Light
106 East Jackson Avenue
25th - Columbia Mo@ Mojo’s w/Jerusalem & the Starbaskets
1013 Park Avenue
26th - St Louis, Mo @ APOP Records
2831 Cherokee Street
27th - Lafayette, IN @ The Black Sparrow
223 Main St
28th - Louisville, KY @ The Cave
29th -Chicago, IL @ Ruben’s Palace w/Jerusalem & the Starbaskets
30th -Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club w/Cave & Catacombs
2496 South Wentworth Ave
1st -Ypsilanti, MI @ Cafe Ollie w/Fred Thomas
42 East Cross Street
2nd - Buffalo, NY @ The Vault
700 Main St
3rd - Guelph, ON -TBA
4th - Toronto, ON -Burn down the capital
5th - TBA
6th - Quebec City @ TBA
7th - Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo
4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
9th - Northampton, MA @ The Flywheel
43 Main Street
11th - Boston, MA @ TBA
12th - Kittery, Me @ Buoy Gallery
2 Government St.
13th- Phily, PA- TBA
19th -Brooklyn, Ny @ Union Pool
900 Lorimer St
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!
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Hush Arbors at Roadburn Tiburg 2008
(with Matt Sweeney, Andrew W. K., and Alex Neilson)
Hush Arbors in Moscow 2008
(on tour with Current 93)
Hush Arbors @Scala, London
(opening for Thurston Moore)