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The Lost and Found EP (Dead Daisy)

On Royal Wood's fourth release, the current of chamber pop that wended its way through his previous music has broadened. It's no longer just a motif. This feels less like experimentation than a new ethos. Along with his romantic piano playing and deep, resonant vocal tones, Wood is joined by a string section (Kevin Fox, cello, Johann Lotter, viola, Chris Church and Sandy Baron, violin). The ensemble enriches from within, rather than making cursory, quick entrances and exits into arrangements. Wood's songs have always made room for complexity and counterpoint in mood and melody. "Wish to Paint" and "Poor Little World" fully realize this approach.

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