Album Review

Woom – “Muu’s Way” – [Ba Da Bing]

Dianthus   11/7/2011   12-inch, A Library

WOOM’s Sarah Magenheimer and Eben Portnoy were formally known as Fertile Crescent until they took a hiatus to charm us us with their latest creation “Muu’s Way”. Folk-infested harmonies swirl throught the sea soaked air as their touching lyrics beam us home on Willy Wonka’s chocololate bay. Songs like “Salt” bounce out childhood sing-a- long memories along with “Foggy Dew” which uses froggy purs to accompany Magenheimer’s accapella vocals. “Quetzalcoatl’s Ship” highlights this Oakland duo’s latest manifestation by making a song even your great ,great, great grandma could smile and dance to. Instumentally rich with piano, gongs, breathy woodwinds, steel drums and synths, WOOM has all the elements to satisfy your poppy sweet tooth as well as beguiling you when trying to classify their music.


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