About Donovan Woods · Toronto, ON
Toronto-Nashville based Woods’ seventh studio album, 2020’s Without People, solidifies the Juno-award-winning artist’s ability to effortlessly straddle folk, country and indie sounds in tales marked by his intimate and understated writing style that allows his characters and audience to inhabit the same space. The end of a relationship, and the heartache and retrospection that accompanies that transition, is a central focus. The album’s title and method through which it was created — recordings sent back and forth across the country between various musicians unable to work together in person — invite the record to be read as a reflection of the pain, loss and regrets that also mark life in quarantine. Woods has evolved his soul-baring alt-folk over the years to experiment with new sonic textures: electric guitar, soaring strings, haunting harmonies, central one-line hooks and creative percussion and synths.
Woods crafts songs that embrace the very essence of human connection. Equally at home in folk and country music, Woods mines small moments to find greater truths on his latest album.
His latest single “Here in Chicago,” co-written with Australian pop musician Hayley Warner, touches on Woods’ favourite subject. It’s about learning that someone you still have feelings for is suddenly in the same town as you for the night, and the inevitable thoughts and chain of events that might set into motion.