WOODEN SHJIPS

UNCUT - - New Albums - DANIEL DY­LAN WRAY

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.

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