― gareth, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Mark, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
"Her Innocent Stock of Words" is up there with my all time faves by
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
I finally woke up and bought a Hood record -- the new one -- after
hearing the umpteenth comparison to Bark Psychosis. It's a scary
comparison for me since I have an eternal chubby for BP, but I took
the gamble and it makes a little sense. Haven't made my way
completely through the record yet, though it does seem a little
uneven. Second song instantly made me think of the missing Disco
Inferno single -- or what a DI reunion single might sound like.
(Yeah -- have another scary comparison.)
― Andy K., Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Hood are similar to Radiohead in the sense of bolting idm/glitcy
paraphenalia onto trad. indie/rock format... but I don't feel they're
superior (then again, I am unfortunately a drooling radiohead
fanatic.) why? er, I can't really say - I think what Radiohead do is
less obvious, perhaps, than some of this here Hood stuff. That is,
despite Amnesiac being a lot less cohesive than Kid A,
their use of electronics (etc) is a lot more subtle than on Cold
― clive, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Melissa W, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
I reckon the best moments on the album are the ones which
dont't go for overt electronica showiness or revert to indie type
but strike for a middle course - "You Show No Emotion At All" is
very electronic but in a more classicist New Order meets Disco
Inferno sort of way, and there's some other great tracks that
sound like nods to Bark Psychosis (one actually sounds like a
collabo between BP and Maurizio!) although Hood could benefit
from a bit more of Bark Psychosis' finesse.
Melissa's also OTM in that they need to be better (or at least
more consistent) songwriters. "You Show No Emotion At All" is
fabulous, but otherwise their appeal is almost entirely textural,
which is strange for such a comparatively song-focused band.
That said, I need to listen to the album a lot more before I make
up my mind entirely.
― Tim, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
You have made me a Happy Man.
Hood's progression doesn't seem as much of an about-face as
Radiohead's. It comes across as a bit more natural.
― electric sound of jim, Wednesday, 19 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― keith, Thursday, 20 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
sorry this is off topic.
― ambrose, Thursday, 20 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Salako? Yes, Ambrose, I thought of John S. from the Palace glory
years as well. As far as their music went, I loved "(Have You Heard)
Musicality" but, somehow, never heard anything else.
― Robin Carmody, Thursday, 20 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
oddly, I'm transplanting some of the imagery to what I'm familiar with ("The River Curls Around The Town" reminds me of when I could see my breath in Wimborne Minster, the *formality* of the winter landscape, very creepy and quite frightening, pure 1959) but it's clearly a very Northern aesthetic - closer to Barry Cockcroft's snowy moorland landscapes than to the Leeds streets of Braintax and Robbie Keane.
also have visions of the foot-and-mouth pyres (esp. during "The Winter Hit Hard"). "I Can't Find My Brittle Youth" is very different from the rest of the album and is a great, awkward, angular song - maybe that is the dislocated-by-the-city moment.
― robin carmody (robin carmody), Saturday, 28 September 2002 04:04 (seventeen years ago) link
Artist: Hood Label: Sensory Projections
Whilst for the northern part of the world, December brings sleet and snow, maudlin melancholy, winds and welcomings of seasons greetings and regrets, down here in the outer antipodes we swelter on. The news flashes images of buffed bodies beaching themselves, whilst the puerile pomp of ceremonial pop blasts out from sound systems more expensive than the cars where they have been installed. Thankfully, for those of us more accustomed to mapping out the spaces of our heads and homes, UK outfit Hood have offered up their third album, the first to obtain a local Australian release, where by they run riot on the blank slab of a winter sonic dream, crisscrossing generic boundaries with a deft touch that offers up possibilities as quickly as it moves onto new arenas. What's so noticeable about Cold House, is paradoxically, it's unnoticabilty. In our expectations of media-saturation and MTV madness, am album like this slips under the surface, quietly calling out to be heard, not in a demonstrative, publicity-whored manner, but more in a gradual process of recognition. Play after play has seduced me - at first, it was the detachment of the vocals, a wryness that sat at odds with the lyrical content of tunes like "You Show No Emotion At All". Then the orchestration takes hold, in between the glitches and crackles of beats broken up, disturbed by pouting trumpets and petulant violins. Each new listen brings up something fresh, and after 8 or 9 runs through, I'm still left jaw-slacked by peeps unnoticed before. Hood's collaborations with hip-hop collective Anticon are equally unnoticeable, suggesting a cohesion perfected by musical agreement, as Hood move from IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) styled musings to more "structured" songs such as "I Can't Find My Brittle Youth", a New Order-like melody that fractures into repeated guitar-und-strum, only to be taken over by the Aphex Twin-like beginnings of "This is What We Do To Sell Out(s)". Though many have compared this offering to Radiohead's Amnesiac, Cold House is more mechanised and yet more human, more intertwining of the elements rather than the seemingly-alienated antics of York and co. There's a sense of escape offered here by the elements, at the same time as offering an immersion into this haunting construction, daunting yet strangely cohesive. So an album of beautiful paradoxes, hopeful glimpses, yet even longer longing. Frail yet powerful, Cold House is the late-bloomer, the wallflower that reveals itself as one of the most intelligent and rewarding releases of this year. Offering hope in the senseless season of glib commerciality and throw-away sentiment, Hood are making grandiose and gorgeous music to believe in.
From Logged Off, http://home.iprimus.com.au/laurapalmer/hood.htm
― Queen G (Queeng), Saturday, 28 September 2002 09:54 (seventeen years ago) link
richard from hood's new album as "the declining winter" is out, called haunt the upper hallways, and features a remix of my song "Kavan". Lovely package all around (both a 7" and a CD)
― akm, Thursday, 23 July 2009 17:22 (ten years ago) link
Agreed, that arrived in the mail the other week. Been waiting for an AMG listing to appear so I can review it!
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 23 July 2009 17:24 (ten years ago) link
actually I haven't even seen it yet (I heard the remix work ages ago)! I think he also used a sample of our cello in something else. I can't remember.
― akm, Thursday, 23 July 2009 17:44 (ten years ago) link
It's "Cold House" season.
― djh, Sunday, 10 October 2010 18:34 (nine years ago) link
"Cold House" season has come a little earlier this year.
― djh, Monday, 19 September 2011 08:41 (eight years ago) link
I feel you. It's still "Rustic Houses, Forlorn Valleys" season for me, a lot. But I'm sure "Cold House" season is just around the corner.
― Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 19 September 2011 10:52 (eight years ago) link
^Ha. Played the former last week. And yes, the temperature's nearly right for Cold House to come out of its sleeve :)
― willem, Monday, 19 September 2011 13:44 (eight years ago) link
I apologise. I'm being premature. There's not really enough of a frost for "Cold House".
― djh, Monday, 19 September 2011 19:59 (eight years ago) link
Any idea where the sample on "The Lost You" is from?
("the same problem as usual ...")
― djh, Sunday, 25 September 2011 20:54 (eight years ago) link
I had it primed and ready to spin .But maybe another week or so if those tragically wrong meteorolists are to be trusted.
― Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Sunday, 25 September 2011 21:00 (eight years ago) link
"The Cycle of Days And Seasons" sounded perfect on my autumnal walk to Sainsburys this evening. Still not frosty enough for "Cold House".
― djh, Thursday, 20 October 2011 22:01 (seven years ago) link
i wish these guys would get it together again for another hood album, as much as I love Declining Winter.
― akm, Thursday, 20 October 2011 23:21 (seven years ago) link
Forthcoming box set.
― djh, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:23 (seven years ago) link
Was emailing Richard a bit a couple of weeks back, forgot to ask for further details but sounds like they're happily keeping on in their own way.
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:30 (seven years ago) link
Any news on this box set?
I wonder what they could add, musically, to the two excellent compilations from some years ago.
― Y Kant Lou Reed (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:39 (seven years ago) link
Would be nice if (the content of) Structured Disasters became available again.
― Sebastian (Royal Mermaid Mover), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 15:01 (seven years ago) link
God, HOOD! It's been yeears. Wonder what happened to my copy of Silent '88? Did I let someone borrow it?
― Trip Maker, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 15:06 (seven years ago) link
― djh, Sunday, 13 November 2011 18:31 (seven years ago) link
Thanks for the link, but it does make me wonder... I mean, I have all the albums already, all the EP's and singles were fantastically compiled on Sarah's Misplaced Music some years ago. The "EP disc" only comprises of the Cold House and onwards EP's. So I have to shell out 50 quid for "The Hood Tapes" (that contains a lot of songs previously released)? If the albums were remastered that would at least be something for me to consider buying it. But like any great Hood fan, I own 95% of this already.
― Y Kant Lou Reed (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 13 November 2011 18:48 (seven years ago) link
That sections where the drums are reversed on 'I Can't Find My Brittle Youth', wow.
― Franz Kappa (S-), Sunday, 13 November 2011 19:03 (seven years ago) link
I prefer the rockier, earlier stuff tbh, so this doesnt interest me so much. and yeah singles compiled is really good. the first two albums are lost classics imo.
― spellcheck is really advanced these days (cajunsunday), Sunday, 13 November 2011 19:06 (seven years ago) link
Still no Structured Disasters! :(
― Sebastian (Royal Mermaid Mover), Sunday, 13 November 2011 19:19 (seven years ago) link
It's because that wasn't on Domino but on Happy Go Lucky I think, this is a Domino only release. I love Hood to death but this seems like a useless (no pun intended) release tbh
― Y Kant Lou Reed (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 13 November 2011 19:25 (seven years ago) link
i have the hood tapes if anyone needs it
― dogs in hot cardies (electricsound), Sunday, 13 November 2011 21:50 (seven years ago) link
i have everything on this but i may buy it just to get 'useless' on cd
or wait & download that one track
ah i see their 'hood tapes' has twice the songs that my cd of the same name has
― dogs in hot cardies (electricsound), Sunday, 13 November 2011 21:51 (seven years ago) link
'Useless' would be a reason to buy this, I agree, that song is all-time. But still, 50 quid is pretty steep
― Y Kant Lou Reed (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 13 November 2011 22:09 (seven years ago) link
― Y Kant Lou Reed (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 13 November 2011 22:10 (seven years ago) link
to be fair, it does state that all the CD's are "completely remastered from the original sources".
― matt h, Sunday, 13 November 2011 22:57 (seven years ago) link
oh ok, I didn't see that, thanks
― Y Kant Lou Reed (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 13 November 2011 23:54 (seven years ago) link
I came to know the band through their Domino stuff, loved it, and checked out the early stuff. Which hit me so hard that I haven't had much use for the Domino stuff ever since; with the exception of some odd tracks (the Home is Where it Hurts EP is brilliant). So yeah, I'm more interested in a companion box compiling the old stuff, including leftover goodies.
― Sebastian (Royal Mermaid Mover), Monday, 14 November 2011 01:19 (seven years ago) link
These guys were involved in Remote Viewer as well, right? Was into the first RV album in college.
― congratulations (n/a), Monday, 14 November 2011 01:48 (seven years ago) link
That is early indeed :) Can relate though, played it in the car a couple of times last week. Didn't think it'd be a good car album at all, but it's Hood, so, yeah.
The new vinyl run is only 250 per right? Good on them. God how I wished they'd make a new album.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 21 August 2017 21:12 (two years ago) link
I have no self control so picked up both of those vinyl re-issues, they're really good. Two albums I've always kind of overlooked because they are not 'Cold House', an album i deeply love.
― michaellambert, Monday, 21 August 2017 21:38 (two years ago) link
once on a long car ride with some university peers of mine i managed to get them to play the entirety of rustic houses and all but the last 1 1/2 tracks of codename:dustsucker until the freakout halfway through 'shapeshifter' gave one of them conniptions
― imago, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:16 (two years ago) link
The Cycle of Days and Seasons is the fifth full-length album by Leeds-based band Hood. Both the LP and CD versions were released on Domino Records in 1999.
"Western Housing Concerns" "Hood is Finished" "September Brings the Autumn Dawn" "In Iron Light" "How Can You Drag Your Body Blindly Through?" "Houses Tilting Towards the Sea" "Roads Lead Northwards" "...The Cliff Edge of Workaday Morality"
It is time.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 22 September 2017 20:33 (two years ago) link
― imago, Friday, 22 September 2017 20:35 (two years ago) link
Blasting it over the meadows, through the fog, trying to keep dewy morning at bay right now. In vain. Muddled foggy mind succumbs to this feeling like a heroin addict to methadone.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 22 September 2017 20:38 (two years ago) link
Houses Tilting = best Hood
― plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 22 September 2017 20:38 (two years ago) link
It's an oddly transportive track for me - among other things it's that piano tolling like bell, it's that plaintive brass, I feel like I'm being summoned through space and time back home to a past I never had
― plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 22 September 2017 21:25 (two years ago) link
you're worth the whole world still, IMO, the best piece of music they ever did
― akm, Friday, 22 September 2017 21:35 (two years ago) link
Only six years late to this party, but if you're still caring it's from The Slits' "Live At Gibus Club", some in-between-track banter there.
― (I Just) Died In Your Asshat Tonight, Friday, 22 September 2017 22:27 (two years ago) link
― akm, Friday, 22 September 2017 23:10 (two years ago) link
Really liking this Memory Drawings album
Autumnal, bittersweet post-rock featuring two members of Hood, unsurprisingly sounds like an instrumental Hood.
― ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 13 October 2017 19:59 (two years ago) link
With hammered dulcimer!
― ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 13 October 2017 20:00 (two years ago) link
yeah the memory drawings albums are nice
― akm, Saturday, 14 October 2017 17:15 (two years ago) link
The new Remote Viewer album is really great. Couldn't have come at a better time, too.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 18 November 2017 17:29 (one year ago) link
Nice, thx for the tipIt's def the time for Cold House over here
― brimstead, Saturday, 18 November 2017 18:15 (one year ago) link
Ha otm. I've a whole night of writing to do, and a mix of Hood/Remote Viewer/Declining Winter/Boats/Bracken, with the wind blasting 'round the house, is just perfection for me.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 18 November 2017 18:28 (one year ago) link
Remote Viewer on Dying Songs: http://dublab.com/jimmy-tamborello-wguest-the-remote-viewer-dying-songs-11-16-17/
― djh, Saturday, 18 November 2017 19:11 (one year ago) link
Never heard of that show/podcast, thank you!!
― Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 18 November 2017 19:18 (one year ago) link
Not strictly Hood related (beyond featuring Craig Tattersall from the "classic line-up"):
― djh, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 19:25 (one year ago) link
Yr fave miserable northern lads are back w/ a new Declining Winter album out soon. <3
― lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 5 July 2018 08:01 (one year ago) link
^ This is great. Most Hood sounding track so far?
― mor frog bs (S-), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 03:04 (one year ago) link
Been loving this too:
― mor frog bs (S-), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 03:17 (one year ago) link
Definitely the most Hood sounding post-Hood track!
Why Is It So Elusive? sounds like something from The Weight EP. It's great.
― lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 08:45 (one year ago) link
The Declining Winter's new album 'Belmont Slope' is out, and to paraphrase our favourite emo-ilxor, it's easily AOTY. The sadness drips off your face like a dirty rain.
Am I really the only one still caring for these guys? This is prime miserablist music ffs, "it's grim up north"-style. You take one wrong turn on the A6303 towards Haworth, enjoying the scenery, and you are done for. Saer would appreciate this tbh.
― lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:22 (one year ago) link
Nah, it's a good album indeed.
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:26 (one year ago) link
That's good to hear - I have to confess I've bought so many Hood-related projects that I've been ambivalent about that I actively made myself stop buying them.
― djh, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:53 (one year ago) link
yeah I'm into this. the trancey number is a proper curveball!
― still wackford after all these squeers (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 18:00 (one year ago) link
― akm, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 18:25 (one year ago) link
It’s very good. New Epic45 album out this week too - not Hood related but a similar sound.
― michaellambert, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 18:56 (one year ago) link
Old news but I hadn't heard this before (sampled for "Branches Bare"):
― djh, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 22:18 (nine months ago) link
Featuring the *genius* from the classic line-up:
― djh, Thursday, 7 February 2019 21:23 (eight months ago) link
Gorgeous. (thx for keeping this thread updated btw)
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 8 February 2019 13:19 (eight months ago) link
Not agreeing or disagreeing, just wondering why Craig is considered the "genius"? I adore Hood but my knowledge of their various backstories is fairly sparse
Revisiting Light Folds now and it's no less engaging than when I last heard it
― doug watson, Sunday, 10 February 2019 11:25 (eight months ago) link
Partly based on his non-Hood music, particularly "Light Folds", and partly based on a guess that he was behind the "//-" tracks on "The Cycle of Days & Seasons" ... and, also, partly comedy.
― djh, Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:24 (eight months ago) link
BTW there was a very limited lathe-cut Declining Winter release this month. Probably all gone (I got on the second pressing). Typically lovely.
Craig is a smart guy but not the only genius from Hood c'mon.
― akm, Sunday, 10 February 2019 18:52 (eight months ago) link
I'd say the Adams brothers are Hood's beating heart and soul. But I'm not really invested in a silly discussion about who Hood's *genius* might be. Sum of parts etc.
Somehow missed the newest Declining Winter, thanks for that.
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 February 2019 08:23 (eight months ago) link
"Adams brothers are Hood's beating heart and soul."
Of course. I did say there was comedy involved.
― djh, Monday, 11 February 2019 18:49 (eight months ago) link
Old but I'd never really noticed this:
(Tweeted by them yesterday).
― djh, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:03 (seven months ago) link
oh wow. pretty unfamiliar with both songs.a treat to hear them both now.
― S-, Monday, 4 March 2019 07:07 (seven months ago) link
More from the genius from the classic line-up:
― djh, Monday, 1 April 2019 21:24 (six months ago) link
New electronica/ambient release by Richard Adams under his Western Edges moniker, it's good!
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 12:00 (five months ago) link
More from the *genius* from the classic line-up:
― djh, Saturday, 27 July 2019 20:09 (two months ago) link
Forked out for the book and then some. Good stuff.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 29 July 2019 17:55 (two months ago) link
It's October and The Declining Winter have a new one out, Why Clanks. It arrived today, and it's beautiful. It's a 3" cd with a short essay called 'Why Clanks - A journey to Silsden AFC and back', written by Richard Adams, about a walk along the canal between Saltaire and Silsden. Because of course it is. Real Yorkshire.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 18:09 (one week ago) link
I managed to get the very last copy of this when it went up. Looking forward to it.
― akm, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 18:56 (one week ago) link
Ha! I thought I natched the very last (24th iirc?) copy! :) We must have ordered in the same minute. You'll probably already have the mp3s through bandcamp, but it's a beautiful physical product too imo.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 19:01 (one week ago) link
yeah, didn't download them yet. will do. It was weird, I had it in my cart on on phone for 30 minutes but couldn't log into bandcamp there for some reason to purchase. got to my computer and it said sold out. looked at phone...still in cart. deleted it from the cart in my phone and voila, there was one more available.
― akm, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 19:09 (one week ago) link
That is weird! For me, I paid through paypal saying there was just one copy left. Never got a confirmation email, no paypal email either. The money had left my account so I figured I'd get an email shortly saying I sort of fell through the maze and didn't manage to order it anyway. Heard nothing, until I found it in my mailbox today. It's small, but it's grand. Very much worth your while imo.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 19:21 (one week ago) link
I think Richard is taking requests for a second, less fancy version. I might be wrong about this though.
― djh, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 20:04 (one week ago) link