WOODEN SHJIP SHJIPS

V THRILL JOCKEY, OUT 25 MAY

Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - JAMES OLD­HAM

West Coast psych-heads lo­cate the sun­shine vibe.

Over the last 15 years, San Fran­cisco’s Wooden Shjips have kept try­ing to tin­ker with their ba­sic space-drone tem­plate. Their last al­bum – 2013’ s Back To Land – added ten­ta­tive bal­ladry to their usual rep­e­ti­tion and slightly mis­fired as a re­sult. On V though – billed as their “sum­mer al­bum” – they choose to keep push­ing in that di­rec­tion, this time with surer re­sults. The ra­di­ant seven-minute shim­mer of Star­ing At The Sun sets the scene, echo­ing as it does the heat haze in­ten­sity of Space­men 3. That sun-flecked sense of bliss is present through­out and half­way through they even drop in some­thing ap­proach­ing a con­ven­tional pop song with the cool­ing breeze of Al­ready Gone. That light­ness of touch is the real rev­e­la­tion here. Lis­ten To: Eclipse | Al­ready Gone

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