Monday, May 9, 2011
Emerging Seattle Bands: Ravenna Woods (updated)
Ravenna Woods plays a distinctive brand of folksy indie rock (not folk rock). The band describes their style as "indie/acoustic/experimental" and that seems to be a good tag. Instrumentation included guitars, violin, mandolin, xylophone, and "paranoid words". The members are Chris Cunningham, Brantley Duke and Matt Badger.
Here is the video for "Graves", one of the tracks on their May 6 release, Valley of the Headless Men:
Below is a partial stream of the new album:
The back story is a interesting. Cunningham started working on songs while a contract teacher in the Marshall Islands in 2007-2008. When he returned to Seattle, he met Duke, a musician and recording engineer, and they started playing music together. They added Badger in 2009.
The intricate vocals, varied acoustic instrumentation and dark-tinged vocals make Ravenna Woods a compelling listen.
Ravenna Woods' first album was Demons and Lakes, released in 2010. "In the World" was one of the tracks on that LP:
"Ghosts", also from Demons and Lakes, about the devastating effects of nuclear testing in the South Pacific on nature and people: