A BALANCED BLEND OF PERFECT SOUNDS COMES TOGETHER AT THE GREAT HALL FRIDAY
Story by Kate Davies
Photo provided by The Deep Dark Woods
In a digital age where musical airwaves have often been suffocated by over-processed and emotionless tunes, The Deep Dark Woods are a breath of fresh air. This talented five-piece’s music is characterized by careful orchestration and minimalist flourishes of piano, banjo, organ, pedal steel, and Mellotron, capturing a distinct sense of longing that is evidently inspired by the barren landscapes of their Saskatchewan homeland.
The band’s previous album Winter Hours had critical success in Canada, with the band winning Best Roots Group at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards, as well as Ensemble of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Their 2011 album The Place I Left Behind showcases both the light and dark sides of the band, from classic rootsy rock to murder ballads to lovesick songs of yearning. With the emotional complexity latent in The Decemberists music, song-lengths of the Grateful Dead, and the sheer tastefulness of The Band, their upcoming show promises to be a treat.