Since the early 2000s, James Toth, a.k.a. Wooden Wand, has recorded noisy, jazz-spiked floods of freak folk with his shadowy, Brooklyn-based band the Vanishing Voice. On a 2005 solo debut as Wooden Wand, his idiosyncratic songs approximated Roky Erickson breezily transmitting over a rusty shortwave radio. But here, joined by members of Skygreen Leopards, Davenport, and the aforementioned Voice, Toth transforms himself, chewing the panoramic scenery like a Dylan-tongued soothsayer dealing dark-hued peyote rock. Essential listening for those who wish Devendra Banhart didn’t smile so much.
Now Hear This:Wooden Wand and the Sky High Band – “Portrait in the Clouds” DOWNLOAD MP3