Haunted Summer Explores the Strange with "The Woods" (premiere)

Bridgette Moody and John Seasons team with director Brendan Eder for rare video that deftly matches images and words.

Bridgette Moody and John Seasons have been performing as Haunted Summer for over half a decade now. The duo's 2017 album Spirit Guide contains a number of (appropriately) haunting numbers, including "The Woods", which arrives just as the band embarks upon a new U.S. tour.

At times recalling the moody, folky jangle of First Aid Kit, albeit with a brighter tinge of psychedelia, "The Woods" finds Moody in fine voice as she delivers the enigmatic tale contained in its lyrics. Just what is the song about and just what does the video reveal? Well, appropriately enough we may never know exactly, and that's just fine. There is mystery in these chords, in this melody, in the very bones of the tune itself and attempting to unravel them could give us a lifetime of joy.

In addition to the track's considerable musical charms, the accompanying video, directed by Brendan Eder, is one of the more remarkable visual companions in recent times. Eder, himself a musician, shot the footage in Hudson Valley, New York, blending layers to create an inter-dimensional world. In essence, Moody's lyrics transformed into pictures.

No matter the technology, though, at the heart of it all is a song and a spirit just waiting to be discovered.


2.20 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
2.21 - The Frequency - Madison, WI
2.22 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI
2.23 - Amsterdam Bar and Hall - St. Paul, MN
2.24 - The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
2.25 - 1867 - Lincoln, NE
2.26 - Globe Hall - Denver, CO
2.28 - The Loading Dock - Salt Lake City, UT
3.1 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
3.2 - Fun House - Seattle, WA
3.3 - TBA - Portland, OR
3.4 - The Space - Salem, OR
3.5 - Axe & Fiddle - Cottage Grove, OR
3.6 - The Dip - Redding, CA
3.7 - The Saint - Reno, NV
3.8 - The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA
3.9 - TBA - San Francisco, CA
3.11 - Moroccan Lounge - Los Angeles, CA





The Top 20 Punk Protest Songs for July 4th

As punk music history verifies, American citizenry are not all shiny, happy people. These 20 songs reflect the other side of patriotism -- free speech brandished by the brave and uncouth.


90 Years on 'Olivia' Remains a Classic of Lesbian Literature

It's good that we have our happy LGBTQ stories today, but it's also important to appreciate and understand the daunting depths of feeling that a love repressed can produce. In Dorothy Strachey's case, it produced the masterful Olivia.


Indie Rocker Alpha Cat Presents 'Live at Vox Pop' (album stream)

A raw live set from Brooklyn in the summer of 2005 found Alpha Cat returning to the stage after personal tumult. Sales benefit organizations seeking to end discrimination toward those seeking help with mental health issues.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

‘The Avengers’ Offer a Lesson for Our Time of COVID-19

Whereas the heroes in Avengers: Endgame stew for five years, our grief has barely taken us to the after-credit sequence. Someone page Captain Marvel, please.


Between the Grooves of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Our writers undertake a track-by-track analysis of the most celebrated album of the 1990s: Nirvana's Nevermind. From the surprise hit that brought grunge to the masses, to the hidden cacophonous noise-fest that may not even be on your copy of the record, it's all here.


Deeper Graves Arrives via 'Open Roads' (album stream)

Chrome Waves, ex-Nachtmystium man Jeff Wilson offers up solo debut, Open Roads, featuring dark and remarkable sounds in tune with Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus.

Featured: Top of Home Page

The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Even in the coronavirus-shortened record release schedule of 2020, the year has offered a mountainous feast of sublime music. The 50 best albums of 2020 so far are an eclectic and increasingly "woke" bunch.


First Tragedy, Then Farce, Then What?

Riffing off Marx's riff on Hegel on history, art historian and critic Hal Foster contemplates political culture and cultural politics in the age of Donald Trump in What Comes After Farce?


HAIM Create Their Best Album with 'Women in Music Pt. III'

On Women in Music Pt. III, HAIM are done pretending and ready to be themselves. By learning to embrace the power in their weakest points, the group have created their best work to date.


Amnesia Scanner's 'Tearless' Aesthetically Maps the Failing Anthropocene

Amnesia Scanner's Tearless aesthetically maps the failing Anthropocene through its globally connected features and experimental mesh of deconstructed club, reggaeton, and metalcore.


How Lasting Is the Legacy of the Live 8 Charity Concert?

A voyage to the bottom of a T-shirt drawer prompts a look back at a major event in the history of celebrity charity concerts, 2005's Live 8, Philadelphia.


Jessie Ware Embraces Her Club Culture Roots on Rapturous 'What's Your Pleasure?'

British diva Jessie Ware cooks up a glittery collection of hedonistic disco tracks and delivers one of the year's best records with What's Your Pleasure.

Collapse Expand Reviews

Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.