WOODEN SHJIP SHJIPS
V THRILL JOCKEY, OUT 25 MAY
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