Ernest Hood Back To The Woodlands / Where The Woods Begin

      • 1. Noonday Yellows
      • 2. Rain
      • 3. Dusk
      • 4. The Jantzen Rag (Raccoons)
      • 5. Pleasant, This Garden
      • 6. Bedroom of the Absent Child Lost Creek Suite:
      • 7. Into The Groves
      • 8. Warm Pathways
      • 9. Sunny Banks
      • 10. Fragrant Duff
      • 11. Beaver’s Pond
      • 12. Untitled

      Written and recorded between 1972 and 1982 in Western Oregon, Back to the Woodlands is a previously unreleased, and nearly lost, album made by Ernest Hood during the same era as his near mythical album Neighborhoods. A visionary combination of field recordings, zithers, and synthesizers, Back to the Woodlands offers an unprecedented depth of access to this singular artistic mind.

      A fascinating counterpoint to its predecessor, Back to the Woodlands brings us even closer to Hood’s belief in the transportive qualities of sound; that field recordings could serve as a vehicle for the imagination and liberation, particularly for those with similar mobile disabilities as his own. Across the album’s twelve compositions, the rippling instrumental harmonics - shifting between abstraction and playful melody - fold so seamlessly into the birdsong, bubbling brooks, and other environmental ambiences, that they often give the impression of having been recording within the landscapes toward which they whisper.

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