Woods’ ninth album, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, makes attempts to be happy, with jazzy horns, fancy cymbal work and frontman Jeremy Earl’s sighing falsetto bubbling above the melodies. But there’s a weighty quality to the music, which tempers the ups with distortion and a dazed pace. The new songs wander further than their actual Brooklyn origin. Rattlesnake tambourines and periodic twangy instrumentals hint at a Southern state of mind, while “Creature Comfort” and latest single “Can’t See at All” invoke bouts of seaside soul-searching. Ultimate Painting opens for Woods when the band’s current national and international tour stops at The Mothlight on Wednesday, May 4, at 9:30 p.m. $12/$14. themothlight.com. Photo by Matt Rubin
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