Boomkat Product Review:
On their eponymous debut album, Wooden Shjips have pulled off one of the key psych releases of 2007. The band succeed at sounding rooted in the acid-tinged rock experiments of the '60s and '70s without ever coming across as kitsch or laboured. There's a near-unobtainable authenticity to the band's sound that proves their devotion to the cause - these guys aren't just aligning themselves to some passing fad. The first thing that strikes you is the tightness of the rhythm section, sounding like a cross between vintage Can and The Doors on opener 'We Ask You To Ride'. By the time the frazzled guitar solo drops into this one, you'll be hooked. Establishing a heavier groove, 'Losin' Time' checks the same boxes, throwing in a reedy organ part to double the main riff while slapback echo annihilates the vocal. The spatial mixing is resolutely old-school too, with all the drums coming out you out of the left speaker on 'Lucy's Ride', another classy krautrock workout buried in spot-on psych effects and languid wah-wah guitar explorations. A mightily impressive first album from a band who are quite rightly on the receiving end of some very favourable attention right now, heck they've already been collared by Sub Pop for a 7" and it's still early days for these guys. Highly recommended.