V Thrill Jockey 8/10 Portland heads embrace peaceful grooves on reserved fifth LP
Since Wooden Shjips’ 2007 debut, psychedelia has gone from the realms of outsider music to becoming a hip touching point for modern bands, even infiltrating the mainstream through the likes of tame Impala. However, here Wooden Shjips seem totally content to evolve on their own terms. the frenzied, immersive and hard-charged psych the band has explored previously gives way to an album that is woozy, melodic and reflective. the subdued grooves of “Staring At the Sun” buzz vibrantly, guitars interlock and spiral gracefully on “Red Line” and the closing “Ride On” is beautifully tender in its hazy, unfurling structure, à la Zuma-era Neil Young.