«Swimming In Strange Waters» is the just released 5th brand-new album by this indie folk rock band from Toronto. And there’s nothing wooden about it. With the title song of the album they seem to keep up with a metaphorical nautical infatuation that began with their first album «When Lost at Sea» and which expresses an insistent feeling of apprehension and perhaps foreboding that’s currently permeating the minds of many thinking people. But hold on, the band also offers the lyrics «More now than ever, I feel the responsibility to act and make things better for the people to come». Comments their free spirit and singer-songwriter-guitarist Gavin Gardiner «Maybe that sounds cliché, but it feels very real now. As an artist you have your voice, and not much else. You gotta use it». Clearly he’s appealing to the audience to open their hearts and minds to the music and message of this fine band.
Since their inception in 2007 The Wooden Sky has penned 5 albums and two EP’s and while early on the band pushed the limits of folk and country. It currently excels in a more melodic and varied multi-instrumental yet still typical of their musical style. The new and fifth album was guided by John Angello who helped Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Phosphorescent and Kurt Vile produce their works. It shows a bit of influence by Fleetwood Mac, Tame Impala and The War on Drugs some analytical minds feel compelled to hear. In addition to Gavin on vocals, guitar and harmonica, the other members of this tight knit group are Andrew Wyatt (bass, vocals), Simon Walker (piano, vocals, guitar) and Andrew Kekewich (percussion).
Listen to their music and you realize the sky isn’t falling. Not yet maybe, perhaps not ever.