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Album Review

West is the third full release from psych-rock outfit Wooden Shjips. Based on the idealism, romanticism, and mythology of Western America, their psychedelic, expansive sound plays off the theme beautifully. This is the band's first recording in a full studio and is mastered by Sonic Boom, which gives the fuzzy guitars and rolling rhythms clarity and warmth that had been missing on previous records.


Formed: 2003 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

San Francisco's enigmatically named Wooden Shjips play a minimal, droning brand of garage-styled psychedelia with a noticeable '60s Krautrock influence. The band's vocals slip beneath waves of throbbing minimal rhythms, while fuzztone guitar and shrieking organs jump to the foreground. When bandleader Ripley Johnson assembled the group in 2003, he wasn't interested in playing gigs or becoming famous; rather, his original intention was to find a group of non-musicians for the purposes of creating...
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