Hood has long been one of my favorite bands ever since I first listened to their ephemeral 1999 album, The Cycle of Days and Seasons. Though they’ve been essentially defunct for many years now, with members pursuing other projects (e.g., The Declining Winter, Bracken, Memory Drawings), Hood’s discography has achieved cult-like status over time.
Two of their finest albums — Rustic Houses, Forlorn Valleys (1998) and the aforementioned The Cycle of Days and Seasons — have just been reissued on vinyl by Domino Records. Though Hood began as a noisy, experimental, Disco Inferno-inspired act, these two albums found them drifting towards a more haunting, pastoral post-rock sound akin to Talk Talk and Bark Psychosis.
Put simply, they’re sublime albums — The Cycle of Days and Seasons in particular is one of my favorite albums of all time — and it’s nice to see them getting another round of attention and acclaim. Both albums are only available via Norman Records and are limited to 250 copies each.