The first two tracks are among Bakradze's best. "Gather," with its trembling guitars, breathy vocals and dulcet tones, is immaculately arranged, with ensemble chanting towards the end giving it a Fourth World tint. Made up of handclaps and finger snaps, "Knowledge" is a glimpse of Bakradze's dramatic dance floor style with carefully deployed breaks and lots of reverb. The sense of progression, which Bakradze has been slowly improving over the years, keeps these tracks from floating away completely.
The other three don't measure up. "Head Piano" is a jumble of drum breaks, sci-fi synths and instrumentation that loses the plot halfway through, while "Voice Image" is feckless ambient techno with an uninspired piano melody. "Sun Watch" is so cheery that it hardly makes an impression. Bakradze's recent work for labels like Cin Cin shows he has an exceptional ear for melody and arrangement, but We Must Be Woods proves he still has trouble keeping some of his cornier impulses in check.