Psychologist: Waves of OK - EP (2011)
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While listening to this short and brilliant EP, I asked myself whether it's Iain Woods offering therapy or is it him in need of help. I'm having thoughts like this because of the sorrow and pain Woods' unique voice tends to project. Woods has been around as the Psychologist for a good while creating tracks in several genres but with 'Waves of OK' he is giving us something truly special and music he's never really done before. For me it would be impossible to put his most recent work in any category as there are traces of ambient, post-rock, experimental, chill-out, just to name a few. All this on a 15+ minute long album. Still, the end result is nothing short of extraordinary. Like I said a few lines ago, this album, to my ears at least, is primarily singing about sorrow and Woods sounds to be perfect in this. The five atmospheric tracks on 'Waves of OK' are equally great, yet my favorites are the opener 'Together Clinging', a hauntingly beautiful instrumental, and the closing 'Song to the Siren, the cover of a This Mortal Coil song from like 25 years ago. The original version was sung by former Cocteau Twins-fame Elizabeth Fraser and she did it wonderfully. Woods does not try to beat Fraser to it yet his performance, in his own special way, is as perfect as that of Fraser. Thanks to Mr Woods for this. What a great EP ! Goes straight on to my 'Best of 2011' collection.