The Start

by The Woods

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released August 28, 2015

so this is the start...

recorded down by the shore under the old lighthouse at the depot studios, edinburgh in 2015, with a bunch of particularly gifted, excellent folk.

music- johnny mcfadzean
lyrics- johnny mcfadzean & amelia gilmore
vocals, guitar, piano, harmonium- johnny mcfadzean
all things bass (upright, guitar, synth)- ad mack
percussion- andy samson
clarinet- rowland sillito
production- craig ross & johnny mcfadzean
mixing & mastering- craig ross

artwork & photography- amelia gilmore
‘riff’ the dog sculpture by ian swift

thanks for your brilliance, & to all you other inspiring folk who’ve helped along the way...



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The Woods UK

The Woods is the music of Scottish multi-instrumental loop artist Johnny McFadzean. Aching vocals intertwine with looped harmonies & beats in songs that hook your ears around corners you didn't see coming. Authentic new music that must be heard live, The Woods debut EP 'The Start’ is out now, with new music coming this year. Featured on BBC Introducing on 6 Music. Based in London/ Galloway. ... more


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Track Name: Curly
Slow me down, your soul turns a light on/ I don't feel so much these days since I drowned in work that eats me up & spits me out the other side. All the days that pass me by are harder without you to show me all the laughter/ don't you know your tide carries me where I want to go? Sitting on our sandy seats, marzipan on the wattle breeze/ dog & ball bounce in the mud lying by our side. By the waterside we sit & don't care/ with the cliff-spray hanging in the cool air/ say you will be here with me forever & a day. Sharing grapefruit, eyes fixed on the sea/ talk about what we could be/ thinking of the past, tears run down your face. Under autumn stars we thought were ours/ you lie still on moving dunes/ your hand resting on mine. Yellow flowers bloom against our backs/ this is all I ever dreamed of, don't move away. Oh don't move away from here again. Slow me down your soul turns a light on/ warmth I feel all day since I found you were here by my side all along. Under autumn stars we thought were ours/ you lie still on moving dunes/ this is all I ever dreamed of.
Track Name: The Start
Stared for a while.
Managed a smile.
We caught a cab- Free ride for a mile.
Thought I'd be with her forever, 'cos she seemed a little bit clever.
When she talked I could stayed all day. & Oh I had to see her more, I had to see her.
Didn't need guts to see her
In fact it was her idea.
Stood in my room was bewildering & oh yeah we were inseparable, doing cartwheels on Aberdeen Beach in the cold.
Peas in a pod
Pigeons in a tree
Like nothing else existed in the world.
In Cafe Continental
She seemed a little mental.
Her focus on marshmallows was not normal to me, & oh yeah how she made me laugh & how she carried it off, not knowing it would last.
Just goes to show
You never know
What's up along the road
So keep in mind
when you catch someone's eye
Could be the one that you're with 'til you die.
Just goes to show
You never know
What's up along the road.
Track Name: The 'Raer
Been up all night & we're feeling it,
Feeling sick.
Morning comes & it's miserable, beautiful.
What a place
Stings your face.
& oh so raw
The folk fought
All night.
Don't care what you think
Just want a drink
Keep them coming.
Energy out to sea
Dreams land on the sand.
& so angry, swept away, to nothing, nothing.
Admit you want these people more.
You moved away but missed the roar.
In your face so careering
Oh land of poets get the beers in.
Morning comes & it's beautiful, beautiful.
Track Name: Lost Your Crown
Lost your crown
You always wear a frown.
Hold your tongue
It's too late.
Your heart is sinking as you realise
Been here too long to look in her eyes
But it's all you know
Reap what you sow
All you ever seem to do is repeat.

Frost comes through
Her window onto you.
Hairs on end
You stay put.
Staying with her should have been easy.
Eyes hypnotised you completely.
& you want to change
Mend & re-arrange it.
Want to make it better
But you fail to.
Fail you.