The first new WOO album in 25 years is out March 17. The cover is ridiculous but a lot of effort went into the tracklist on this and I hope / think you will dig it. Here’s a funny write up courtesy Drag City:
You don’t have to read The New York Times to divine that New Age music is on the rise again, for perhaps the first time in history! For those of us who lived through it, this was just another execrable aspect of living in the 1980s, made tolerable only by the steady flagging of values that had birthed it during that time – the extinction of said values accounting for the eventual disappearance of the damned genre – but for the collector-scum underbelly of the 21st century, those records and cassette tapes are the private-press classics from the halcyon far end of the hippie era. Of course, as it transpires, freed from the cultural baggage of their time, the sounds do seem to evoke head-tripping revelations on the road to deep peace – and who’s gonna argue with that? Not any longer, us. Together with Yoga Records, we’ve dotted a few of these kindsa titles back on the map – and those who’ve bought Matthew Young’s Traveler’s Advisory, the Mad Music Inc album or Woo’s It’s Cosy Inside have delighted as we have in a diversity of sounds that belie the cliché of homogeneity that once dogged our perception of the “New Age Music.” Now that the cat’s out of the closet (you like pussy?), the second Woo project from DC/Yoga is bound to rub the sweet spot of a lot of dyed-in-the-wool New Age freaks, as well as the more come-lately listeners at the table. When the Past Arrives is a collection of previously unreleased Woo tracks that make no sense at all - as in, Not at all sensible why they weren’t released in the first place! When the Past Arrives this April, you can decide for yourself, and we’re thinking that you too will say Woo! When the Past Arrives is coming on LP and CD…but no cassette? What will future generations think?
March 02, 2014, 1:05am