The Wood That Sings
‘The Wood that Sings’ is Rods most recent studio recording and his most elaborate. In this all acoustic affair the album journeys through a diverse and dynamic musical landscape, incorporating a range of styles that sit under a world music umbrella.
The opening track ‘Exodus’ is a spirited East-meets-West piece featuring the union of tenor ukulele, Spanish guitar and five string double bass. Included in this track are the evocative vocals of Ann-Maree Keefe. Ann-Maree appears on four other tracks delivering Hebrew lyrics to give the songs an otherworldly element – Enya-esque in flavour. All of the tracks, from the ballads to the more lively, are supported by strong melodic content, subtle musical nuance along with the occasional flamenco guitar flurry.
Isaac Barter adds rhythmic spice on the album with ethnic percussion and kit.
A quaint toe-tapping African flavoured song titled ‘The Colour She Speaks’ is introduced by a vocal motif by Rod’s daughter, Anna. The album concludes with a solo improvised piece on the double bass entitled ‘Clouds’, which faithful to its name sake, exports the listener to another place on a higher plain.