The Wood Brothers have released “Little Bit Sweet,” the third single from forthcoming studio album, Kingdom In My Mind, due Jan. 24 on Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers. The track was the first song recorded for what would become the band’s seventh studio album. The 11-track collection came about inadvertently, however, as The Wood Brothers were not planning to make a record, but simply taking their new studio in Nashville for a “test drive.”
“We were having fun and doing experiments once we had it all wired for sound,” Oliver Wood told Billboard. “The first day we just started jamming, which we love to do, and we didn’t realize it, but we were creating source material for the whole album. The first notes we played are on the album in the track ‘Little Bit Sweet.'”
Thematically speaking, Kingdom In My Mind is a reckoning with circumstance, mortality, and human nature. The material finds strength in accepting what lies beyond our control as it hones in on the bittersweet beauty that underlies doubt and pain and sadness with vivid character studies and unflinching self-examination. While the lyrics dig deep, the arrangements are buoyant and transportive, drawing from a broad sonic and stylistic spectrum.
“We all have these little kingdoms inside of our minds,” Chris Wood says. “Without really planning it out, the songs on this album all ended up exploring that idea in some way or another. They look at the ways we deal with our dreams and our regrets and our fears and our loves. They look at the stories we tell ourselves and the ways we balance the darkness and the light.”
The Wood Brothers will support Kingdom In My Mind with an extensive U.S. tour. Dates have been announced through April, including two nights at Webster Hall in New York City, three nights at The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C., their first headline appearance at The Fox in Oakland, and a hometown show on Valentine’s Day at The Ryman in Nashville. The tour kicks off at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore on Jan. 29.
Take a listen to “Little Bit Sweet” by The Wood Brothers: