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Wooden Arms are a contemporary quintet from the UK who draw from Alternative, Classical, and Trip-Hop music.
Formed by Alex Carson in Norwich, England in the summer of 2012, the band now counts Alex Mackenzie, Jeff Smith, Fifi Homan and Phoebe Fulbrook as members.

In the Autumn of 2014 they released their debut album “Tide” on Butterfly Collectors and subsequently toured Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and the UK. They were featured repeatedly on BBC radio 1, 2, 3, and 6 including a live performance on Lauren Laverne’s show.

Wooden Arms sophomore record “Trick of the Light” marks a change in sonic texture from their first album “Tide.” An expansion in sound without an expansion in members.

This new sonic palette is markedly more contemporary for the band, andheralds something of a departure from the classical chamber music stylings of the first album. Enthused with the rhythmic sensibilities of Portishead, blended with the ethereal melodies of Sigur Ros, Wooden Arms' instrumentation has grown to include more electronic production elements. This recording sees the band decidedly shake off the shackles of ‘Folk music’ pigeonholing, towards something newer, darker, more strange.

Not only has the sound shifted to a more contemporary texture but the way the pieces are composed has changed. The focus has shifted from classically trained pianist Alex Carson to a writing trio between Alex Carson, Jeff Smith (Trumpet & Guitar) and Alex Mackenzie (Drums). This more collaborative style of writing has led to a more refined, honed sound which can be heard on their debut single “Burial” taken from their forthcoming album due for release in May 2016.

Inspired by an Edgar Allen Poe story, ‘Burial’ lulls the listener into a somniferous somber lullaby in its first section, a peace which is broken by a pulsating trip-hop heart-beat bassline. ‘Burial' continues to ramp up a sense of dread until finally it culminates in a furious, cacophonous clattering of sound.

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