“A shimmering web of vocal loops and pedals – sinuous musical invention and experimentation”
The Woods is the music of Scottish producer, vocalist, & multi-instrumental loop artist Johnny McFadzean.
‘Like a cross between Jeff Buckley & James Blake’
Ethereal vocals meld with intricate beats and textured harmonies weaving soulful neo-folk tinged electronica, with comparisons to James Blake, Air and Alt J. The Woods’ debut EP was crafted in 2015, gaining airplay on BBC Introducing, 6 Music and Radio Scotland. Since then Johnny has focused on developing and disseminating the project’s unique atmospherics, the sounds floating around his head, into the studio and on stage. His Summer 2019 EP ‘Night Silk Threads’ represents the first taste of The Woods 2.0, and has gained support including BBC Introducing, WorldwideFM, Amazing Radio & Balamii. New single ‘If Time Could Stop’ (out Oct 2019) continues this progression with EP ‘Tone Poems’ due for release Winter 2019.
The Woods’ live performances have spanned such diverse locations as bespoke London Fashion Week shows and live sessions on Peckham’s Balamii Radio.
That McFadzean is cutting such a unique path is perhaps unsurprising given his singular upbringing. Recognised as a prodigious singing talent as a young child, Johnny was plucked from his home in rural Scotland to join a world-famous choir, leading to what can only be described as several surreal experiences for a 10-year-old, touring the planet and singing in spaces including the Sydney Opera House as well as on BBC Christmas broadcasts which necessitated a cover shot for the Radio Times!
These events nurtured a deep love of music in young Johnny, whose tastes broadened through years spent in record shops as he became more aware of alternative music, jazz and electronica. All this has been channelled into Johnny’s solo project.
NB: The moniker ‘The Woods’ is a nod to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings on nature and the value of someone’s work. Emerson’s texts were crucial in inspiring Johnny to make music the focal point of his life: “They kind of rewired my brain at a time I needed rewiring,” says the musician.