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DOS

Wooden Shjips

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.68 | 6 ratings

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Rivertree
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3 stars WOODEN SHJIPS offer a hybrid of garage and space rock here which is quite interesting. Released on vinyl by Holy Mountain label 'Dos' has an approx. length of nearly 40 minutes. This San Francisco based band started in 2003 as an experiment of head Erik 'Ripley' Johnson whose guitar style is very psychedelic basically. Since 2006 they have a stable lineup, produced several recordings and earned some rave appraisals from indie/alternative as well as progressive rock reviewers.

On 'Dos' you will find rather minimalistic songs which feature a repetitive garage/kraut rock behaviour based on a rumbling bass, stoic drums and plain vocals. Even the organ does not step out of line with a decent trancy input. I'm sure this as such is not a challenge for many prog music lovers. What makes it big are Johnson's guitar contributions which are a special experience for space rock fans in my humble opinion.

Down By The Sea might be the best example taken from this album - a jam backed by a simple and hypnotic rock' n' roll drive. The guitar though is not from this planet which makes this music quite unique all in all. Ripley Johnson contrasts with a fuzzy and spacey solo excursion which is really impressing. The closing relaxed Fallin' on the other hand shows him reorienting to his colleagues and cannot touch my soul.

'Dos' is worked out in the Hawkwind and krautrock tradition, stylistically comparable to bands like F/I and The Vocokesh.in parts. And several descriptions pointing out a garage rock infected sound are not wrong too with good reason. A good album, however I'm missing some variety and a stronger experimental approach a bit over the course of time.

Rivertree | 3/5 |

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