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WOOL

Raleigh, N.C.

WOOL

WOOL, the on-again-off-again project helmed by Raleigh songwriter Troy Brian Hancock, has been rather active of late. In January 2012, the band released “Bulletin Air,” a drifting dream-pop piece highlighted by Hancock’s wordless chorus and wistful verses. Having grown out of Hancock’s solo projects, WOOL adds depth and heft to the jangling indie-pop at the core of its songs. Demos Hancock recorded late in 2012 offer a more spare idea of what Wool could sound like, with chiming guitars and fuzz-cloaked vocals over a metronomic drum-machine beat.

But with a full band now solidified around lead guitarist Zack Oden, bassist/keyboardist Johnny Hobbs and drummer Raymond Finn, WOOL issued a second, more full version of “Bulletin Air” in January—almost exactly a year after the first version. Without changing the song’s basic structure, the new recording balloons its dynamics, helping the track grow into a more forceful climax. Its slow burn evokes Explosions In The Sky’s quiet-loud-deafening trajectory. After a series of notable local shows and a short East Coast tour, WOOL announced its intention to record new songs this Spring—a chance, perhaps, to capitalize on recent current momentum. —Bryan C. Reed