Wooden Shjips

The shaggy dudes of Wooden Shjips have cleaned up nicely. Where once their records came with an endless supply of haze, there’s now clarity to their minimal and repetitive, psychedelic grooves. There’s still a drone, to be sure, and the organs are as dusty as ever, but listen for when the solo hits on “Back to Land.” It’s so bright and tuneful, one can fully appreciate how quick and how smooth those fingers move. Going clean is always a risk. Long time listeners don’t always like change, especially when it’s one of their underground heroes moving in a more professional direction. Wooden Shjips fans needn’t worry. No one will be recruiting them for a new Honda campaign any day soon. No amount of clean up could make Wooden Shjips safe for the sensible sedan masses.The new Wooden Shjips record, Back to Land will be released November 12th on Thrill Jockey Records.

Wooden Shjips – Back to Land
Wooden Shjips – Back to Land