Made of Wood is a downtempo funk project by multi-instrumentalist Dan Waldman. In an interview this year, Dan explained that he decided to dub his project a phrase he used for old school things that are crafted with care and dedication rarely seen today. There’s no doubt that Made of Wood is based upon the rich history of funk, a genre known for impeccable musicianship, innovation and attention to detail. Made of Wood’s latest release “The Chill/Funk Trip” lives up to the demands of the genre and adds some modern innovations that you might not expect.
First, take a look at that album cover. Next, think back to all those old-school funk records, the ones with strange covers that promise to take you to places you have never been before. Let me refresh your memory:
That’s all right! Now that I’ve gotten you into the mood, let me tell you about the album.
Its obvious that Dan Waldman had a strong vision for this album. Each song is a complete artistic statement on it’s own, but the album hangs together. The songs offer some great classic funk grooves and modern space age washes of sound. These seemingly disparate elements–the earthy with the ethereal–combine to form something new while respecting its elders. The album was likewise constructed using both old and new techniques: studio performances are mixed with samples and electronic effects.
This is really an album. Put it on, listen to the end and enjoy. Preview Made of Wood’s “The Chill/Funk Trip”.
Get the album on iTunes.
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