10 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Supreme psych-drone rockers Wooden Shjips must have figured out that if they traveled any more inward they just might turn themselves inside out. On their third studio album, the Shjips’ trance-inducing drones feel more focused and goal-oriented, cruising on elasticized, fuzz-encrusted guitar and keyboard notes with unwavering determination to reach a destination. The Shjips will likely never land their songs on vampiric TV shows or nighttime soaps, and it’s unlikely they’ll be on “modern rock” radio anytime soon. But we can certainly envision tracks like the swirling and murky “Black Smoke Rise“ and the propulsive “Lazy Bones” on the soundtrack of an edgy Tarantino flick featuring murderous bikers on acid, and we can see the shockingly “peppy” melody of “Looking Out” getting a remix treatment by Trent Reznor for a Jeep commercial. There are other places to go with Wooden Shjips’ music besides one’s own navel, and West is a fine launching pad.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Supreme psych-drone rockers Wooden Shjips must have figured out that if they traveled any more inward they just might turn themselves inside out. On their third studio album, the Shjips’ trance-inducing drones feel more focused and goal-oriented, cruising on elasticized, fuzz-encrusted guitar and keyboard notes with unwavering determination to reach a destination. The Shjips will likely never land their songs on vampiric TV shows or nighttime soaps, and it’s unlikely they’ll be on “modern rock” radio anytime soon. But we can certainly envision tracks like the swirling and murky “Black Smoke Rise“ and the propulsive “Lazy Bones” on the soundtrack of an edgy Tarantino flick featuring murderous bikers on acid, and we can see the shockingly “peppy” melody of “Looking Out” getting a remix treatment by Trent Reznor for a Jeep commercial. There are other places to go with Wooden Shjips’ music besides one’s own navel, and West is a fine launching pad.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
30 Ratings
30 Ratings
I have cancer ,

Glad I own it.

This album is solid and worth the money. It makes me think, if California had a sound, this would be it.

theloon2 ,

True Fantastic Album

Found this band by sheer luck. Was sitting next to a really interesting dude on a flight to SFO the other day got chatting about life and such and he, turned up to be Dusty, the bass player. At the time I had not heard of them, so iTunes'd the album and here I am writing a review.
Nice to meet you Dusty, safe travels and good gigging in the future.

I will be checking them out at the EU festivals next year for sure.

Peace

RussWesty ,

Loving the shoe-gaze drone of Shjips

The few other reviews all hit the nail on the head, yet fail to describe the music. There is no describing these guys, or this genre. A mix of Shoe-Gaze, Psyc, Alt rock… I Love it. As one reviewer said “If California had a sound, this would be it.” I couldn’t agree more, even though I’m not from CA.

I just added this album, since I had a few of their songs on my iPod and I never get tired of them. I’m back looking for more music. Give them a try, they sound great at first and just get better the more you hear.

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