We are the woods. It is a vital and stark declaration. It also happens to be true. We are an underground system of roots and elf tunnels. We love pleasure, sunrises, and howling with the wolves. We write and record songs that speak directly to you, dear reader. If you listen, you are with us.
We are a matriarchal tribe, lead by Jessie Murphy and Marcia Webb, two mid wives of music and revelry that know how to get a party started in a medieval, throw down the gauntlet kind of way. Riding high off the success of their seminal debut, Eight Belles, The girls recruited the charming young woodsman, Tyler Beckwith, (Drums, Cajon) and brought him into the fold. He is a delight for all to behold. Also integral to team woods are co-collaborators/conspirators, Rex Gibson (4 Star General Woodsman/production) and Chris Atanasiu (Black Forest Bear Captain/viola)
We Are The Woods employ unique multi-instrumental and vocal abilities to create sweet genre-bending sounds. Combining Simon and Garfunkle-like harmonies with the wild horse spirit (and mane) of Robert Plant, we invoke the evocative lyrical precision of Emily Dickinson.
We invite you to share in our alliance of pentatonic wonder and midnight majesty. We welcome you to get lost in the woods with us, forsaking your trail of breadcrumbs for enchantment and dark lovely grooves.
“One listen to "Eight Belles" proves that music is timeless. The beautiful songs and musical arrangements rival some of Pentangle's best work, but still feel fresh and contemporary. Give it a listen and you will be charmed."
-Edward Rogers, Atlantic Tunnel, East Village Radio
“...unique folk pop... heartbreaking lyrics, and haunting melodies.”
"You'll have a hard time not falling in love with [The Woods] from New York who make you fall in love with them from the first note."
“...one of those albums that will be in heavy rotation for awhile. "Tour de Force" topped our picks for 2010 with its sick drum beats, flute and crazy lyrics... Jessie Murphy's delivery is gentle and sometimes hauntingly beautiful.”
“…nu-folk fans will have a ball!”
“Eight Belles” is an unexpected delight. The Woods have put together a delightful album that would appear to only scratch the surface of their talents.
-Banner Graphic, Indiana
“Childhood nostalgia strolls through Eight Belles…Bright pop pieces, like “When I Am a Horse Again” and “Tour de Force,” have a brisk, positive sheen, but dig deeper and there is indirect darkness that pierces the songs’ surface sunshine.”