san fran’s stoner-rockers come up with another inventive, acid-fried, psych masterpiece, overseen by spacemen 3’s mighty sonic boom. ‘west’ is the first wooden shjips album recorded in a proper studio but thankfully, it loses none of their wigged out, pulsing flair. they seem to be growing ever confident with their hypnotic organ grooves, taut rhythm section & reverb-drenched murmurs & it feels like they’ve picked up the pace a bit too. the hair’s still swaying, the guitars are still fuzzy & the boys are in fine form, so come aboard this shjip for a journey into the depths of space-rock. “combines & updates the transportative force of the velvet underground’s no-blues drone, can’s unrelenting pulse & the holy garage-rock fire of the thirteenth floor elevators into a compact, wrapped-in-reverb trip of vintage transcendence & forward thrust” - rolling stone.