Wooden Shjips :: V.


Wooden Shjips, the bay-area quartet led by Moon Duo’s Ripley Johnson, release their fifth album, V., via the stalwart Thrill Jockey Records today. As the shadows cast begin to lengthen out here on the east, this new disc’s heavy dose of warm shoegaze psych is a more than welcome companion. Embodying the psychic spectrum of a nighttime desert drive, a lost weekend in the valley of beyond, the band alchemizes atmospheric ripples of ragged glory guitar, sorcerous waves of synth, free jazz skronk, and blissed out boogies. It’s a summer-tinged collection, emitting its freak out transmissions across high noons and blood moons alike. Drink it in, man. words/c depasquale

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