back to land
the shjips teeter on the edge of classic rock mania without abandoning their modernist psych core, balancing fuzzy boogie rock with mystical acoustic dreaminess.
the lush climates of oregon have influenced the more earthy, grounded tones on this record, coupled with some of the most melodically direct songs the band has written, from the interlocking guitar & organ groove of ‘ruins’ to the languidly compelling guitar solos of ‘servants’. there are still plenty of signature shjips songs, with distorted riffs, modal keys & a steady, crisp drum sound unfolding intensely while the elongated melodic guitar lines drift in & out of the foreground & ripley johnson's echo-drenched & muttering vocals ride the droning waves. ‘of a piece with the infinitely looping pleasures of new york's majestic endless boogie, leeds' swirly punks hookworms & san francisco's staggeringly great white fence‘ 4/5 – guardian.
***CD version is packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with high gloss UV printing that is then inserted into a die-cut O-Card. Special limited edition deluxe LP and 7” version (limited to 200 copies) available solely to independent retailers, pressed onto green vinyl in a thick Stoughton gatefold (printed inside and out) with die-cut slipcase and exclusive 7” featuring two nonalbum tracks: ‘Colours’ and ‘These Shadows (Acoustic Version)’. A free download coupon is included. Standard LP version is pressed onto virgin vinyl, packaged in a gatefold jacket with high gloss UV printing and inserted into a die-cut slipcase. A free download coupon is included.***
- Back to Land
- These Shadows
- In the Roses
- Other Stars
- Everybody Knows