The Deep Dark Woods – The Place I Left Behind (Six Shooter / Warner Music Canada)

The latest long player from Saskatchewan’s The Deep Dark Woods is a true gem to behold, drumming up ghosts of bluegrass, country, folk and roots music during the span of the record’s 60 minutes. There is a haunting quality to many of the record’s tracks, one that evokes images of mid-winter gloom that most likely envelops their home province each winter season. One of the Woods’ undisputed strong points lie in the storytelling that makes up each song. It is easy to be drawn into the band’s lyrics and songs, especially with the baritone vocals of Ryan Boldt leading the way. There is a soothing warmth to his vocals that typically takes artists years of experience and heartache to earn.