Many times the most beautiful things are hidden in the details, and you must also be ready to go beyond the first impression to appreciate what’s out of the sight of the distracted observer. As far as music is concerned, there are records that initially leave you cold and neutral because of the essentiality of the arrangements and the apparent lack of passion but then, after you listen again and again, they reveal an enjoyability and a richness of charming details that can really be out of the ordinary.
Wooden Peak is a German band consisting of Jonas Wolter (guitar, organ and voice) and Sebastian Bode (drums and synths), and the duo arrived with their newest release, named Yellow Walls, to the fourth LP of their career. Their music has always been reduced to the essential: a simple, almost fragile, electronic rhythmic baseline on which the artists record delicate melodies of guitar, gentle layers of synths and interesting lyrics. Everything is quiet, moderate, almost minimal. And for this reason it may be challenging at first to feel involved by their songs, which could easily seem initial drafts of songs rather than complete and finished pieces. The style of their songs can be described as a stripped down version of folktronica, or even as an acoustic and slow-moving intepretation of post rock. The main similarities that come to my mind are the early works from Mogwai and the beautiful The Notwist‘s Neon Golden.
Wooden Peak are active since more than ten years and over this time they have gained the ability to understand what’s really essential for a song, and what can be removed in order to make everything lighter, and softer. Clearly their style of music is not for large audiences, still their songs can give transmit strong emotions to all those who are willing to go beyond the initial impression of extreme simplicity.
My overall rating is 7/10. Yellow Walls is a beautiful collection of low-fi and delicate music for all those moments when you need tranquility but you still want to enjoy delicate sounds. This LP is the ideal companion for long sessions on the computer: it will never completely distract your attention from what you are doing, but it will be on the background, keeping you company and making the atmosphere extremely sensual and soft.
My favourite tracks of the LP are Stitch, Lamp, Swarm and Wednesday.
Wooden Peak are now featured in CRESTS OF WAVES, the playlist with the best and softer songs that have been released in the last couple of years. Listen to it and follow it, it’s frequently updated with new songs.