Into the Heart of Love

by Woo

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U.K. music collective Woo delivers a masterpiece of microcosmic proportions with their under-heard landmark Into The Heart of Love. Although they use easily identifiable instruments, the music is truly hermetic, coming from nowhere and made with feeling instead of genre or artistic points of reference.  The work flows together with the soft bumbling beauty of a field at night with stars so bright you can see the path ahead.  

It's predominantly an instrumental record, peppered with a few welcomed lyrics that beckon casual listeners to listen closer. "Make Me Tea," for example, will make anyone feel the warm and fuzzies. 
The group has remarkable finesse with synthesizer and effects. Although almost every track uses synth, rather than letting it take center stage it acts as a kind of textural enabler, often disappearing into the background or morphing into a soft bed supporting the intimate sounds of the other instruments. There are even moments where the synth acts as a hammond dulcimer. 

Woo makes new age (secularly spiritual) music which the one can't help but hold with care and reverence, but they maintain an element of fun, curiosity, and experimentation that is missing a lot of new age. This is exemplified most obviously in a burst of laughter at the end "When You Find Your Love," reminding the listener to not take life or this music so seriously, that people are just playing and doing, just as Woo is playing and doing song after perfect song. If I ever have kids, this will be on heavy growing-up rotation. ESSENTIAL.

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released September 7, 2015

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Woo UK

British brothers Clive and Mark Ives, have been recording together since the 70s. Over that time they have developed a sound wholly their own, combining acoustic instrumentation (primarily guitar and clarinet) and electronics in a way that reflects the past, present and future.Touching upon jazz, psychedelic, ambient and folk/pop idioms.Their work has drawn comparisons to Durutti Column + Cluster ... more

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