The band Woods has always incorporated diffuse influences, taking inspiration from lo-fi rock, Ethiopian jazz and psychedelic folk sounds. Guitarist and vocalist Jeremy Earl, who recently became a father, says his group's latest album, Strange To Explain was influenced by something else — a lack of sleep. "Those first few months or first year of having a newborn kind of put me in a dreamlike state," he says. "And that was my escape: to start writing." NPR's Scott Simon spoke to Jeremy Earl about how his sleeplessness affected his creative process, collaborating with his long-distance bandmates and how frog sounds made their way onto the new album. Listen to the radio version in the audio link above and read on for highlights of the interview....
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Inspired By Sleepless Nights, The New Woods Album Is 'Strange To Explain'