Mesa Recordings has released another strong, dance-inspiring full-length, this time featuring label co-founder and local DJ Feathericci. His debut record as a solo act (Feathericci moonlights as the drummer of D Numbers), The Woods is an electronic homage to the natural world. Track names like “The Arroyo” and “The Snow” are well-matched to their content rather than randomly selected to perpetuate a theme. Feathericci is interested in taking his time with these compositions. None dip below the five-minute mark, and none stagnate. “Bark Beetles” is the longest, at about seven-and-a-half minutes, opening with an aural approximation of these insects before quickly transitioning into a mid/uptempo beat that persists for several minutes. On tracks like album opener “The Brush” (featuring Cara Levick), the rare vocal refrain serves as a reminder of the human presence amid the birds and beetles. “The Rocks” is fittingly percussive, with Feathericci drawing on his background as a drummer by interspersing syncopated parts from an arsenal of percussion instruments (shakers, triangles, drums, cymbals) over deep, sustained chords. The Woods asks that you listen as much as it asks you to dance — it’s easy to imagine a crowded dance floor reacting to the fluctuations of each individual track, but perhaps more appropriate to visualize a more remote gathering under nighttime desert skies.
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