While “Black Smoke Rise,” isn’t big on expanding the sound of Wooden Shjips — Take one part krautrock and one part west-cost psych and blaze away — It still has some thrills. Most notably, there’s a nasty, stinging guitar riff that hits around the 2:30 mark and it shoots straight for your spine with the type of high-pitched screech that can absolutely paralyze. Think Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, A Place to Bury Strangers and metal machines munching on metal. Thank the rest of the band for keeping the groove together, for if it wasn’t for that bass, drum and organ groove, “Black Smoke Rise” would have turned unlistenable. And we like our noise around here.
West by Wooden Shjips will be out September 13th on Thrill Jockey Records. When you visit Thrill Jockey, be sure to check out the pre-order they’re running for this record which includes limited-edition, colored vinyl, a bonus 7″, and a record tote.