Joe GransingerThursday,14 November 2013

The Snap:

Wooden Shjips, the spacey psychedelic rock group from San Francisco, have released their fourth studio album, Back to Land. Continuing the fuzzy, distorted, lo-fi sound of the bands previous releases, their newest album might just be the best they’ve ever made.

‘Back to Land’ is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

The Download:

Wooden Shjips have always put out some pretty funky music, but nothing’s ever caught my attention quite like Back to Land has. The groovy, throwback-style of the album shows off the rhythmic and precise guitar work in nearly every song, never once missing the opportunity to lay down a face-melting solo. Throughout the LP, it seems as though the vocals were an afterthought of each track, as they slowly drone on in the background while the instruments continuously steal the show — something I’m generally not a fan of, but it works wonders here.

The title track, “Back to Land,” kicks off the album with one of the smoothest and catchiest songs on the album. It’s got enough fuzz, haze, and free-spirit to convince you that it did, in fact, come from the 1970’s – as does most of the album.

The main theme of Back to Land is upbeat psychedelic rock , but the band does know how to slow it down, too. “Everybody Knows” is the last track of the album, and features a slow, soft, and hazy sound that still somehow manages to squeeze in a romantic guitar solo. It’s a nice change of pace from the other songs, and a great way to close the album.

While some of the band’s previous albums — Dos and West — are packed with fantastic music, Back to Land is a notch above them all. With higher quality everything, and great continuity between the tracks, the album feel like one 35-minute piece of music that you won’t want to turn off.

Wooden Shjips – Back To Land from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

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Wooden Shjips, Spotify, Image Credit: Flickr

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