Broken up into two chapters, Fairy Dust and Fire Fade, which describe life’s various types of rushes, Lo has indicated that Lady Wood is the first part of a planned double album, with the second part to be released next year and containing the chapters, Light Beams and Pitch Black. It is certainly an ambitious approach to take to a sophomore record, though it fits with the fact Queen of the Clouds was a concept album. Throughout Lady Wood – and let’s be clear, yes, the title is a reference to female sexual-arousal – there is a strong ambiguity around whether Lo is lamenting, celebrating, or simply observing, a sexually liberal and chemically effected life-style.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 7th November 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.