The Wooden Sky (form.
Friday Morning's Regret)
"When Lost at Sea" CD
Genre: folk-rock, alt country,
First off, to clear up confusion: This band used to
be called Friday Morning's Regret. In fact, the CD I got has that
name on the cover. But one day - May 13 to be exact - they changed
their story altogether and became The Wooden Sky. This meant
changing websites, myspaces, and even reissuing this release with
everything the same - except the name on the cover. Who knows - maybe
one day my copy will be worth something.
Musicwise, The Wooden Sky play folky, country-tinged pop music
with nods to Shearwater and, by association, Okkervil River.
And they're pretty good at it. Though this album is a tad
inconsistent, it has some really good songs on it; tops are
banjo-sparkled "The Wooden Sky" and grieving "When Lost at Sea,"
which were apparently so good these folks named their band and album
after them. Also strong are uplifting opener "This Bird Has Flown,"
delicate "Angst for the Memories," and simple but effective "The
Lonesome Death of Helen Betty Osborne." Sadly, some of the other songs
sound like filler (Cracker-like "Rant in Blue," "Poor
Caroline"), although nothing breaks this record's back.
All considered, When Lost at Sea is a
strong contribution from the moody folk-country camp that kicks a
fairly considerable amount of ass. Viva The Wooden Sky
(formerly Friday Morning's Regret)!
the wooden sky's myspace
"when lost at sea" on mtv canada,
"this bird has flown" on mtv canada
[Vitals: 11 tracks, 39:55, distributed by