Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Go Wjest

One of the greatest things about San Francisco's Wooden Shjips is that you are guaranteed one hell of a psychedelic trip. Not much changes from one WS release to the next, but when it is as intrinsically fused to the cerebral vortex as it apparently is for these four dudes, this is no misgiving. And so we have West, Wooden Shjip's latest opus, and it is instantly recognisable. Many people will notice this with a pang of chagrin, but it is the exception of the rule here - Wooden Shjips can stay the same for eternity, it will always be their trip. With the Suicide-heavy heady komische Velvet Underground Spacemen 3 melange present and accounted for, there is nothing much else to do other than put it on and drop out. It's great stuff - and we wouldn't expect anything less, would we?

West is out through Thrill Jockey September 13 (although it can be hunted down in Europe right now!). I just bought the vinyl package for less than $40, and that's with a 7" and tote bag thrown in for good measure! You should get on that, stat! And whilst they aren't making a Australian jaunt any time soon, they are visiting the UK, touching down in a hazy splendour at London's Scala on September 4. Ripley Johnson's other project, Moon Duo, will be in Brisbane in October though, so that is the next best thing! More details on that in future posts...

Wooden Shjips - Black Smoke Rise
Wooden Shjips - Lazy Bones

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