We have been staring in awe at the febrile glue wave moth spiralling around an incandescent flame where timeless melodies dance & tinkle frail like undead muses always prettier under a few shovelfuls of noise and fuzz, as the good ole ancestors of the first shoegaze revolution taught us , well, it’s Eat Skull who have come up with the definitive document of this journey, it is Wild Inside, out soon in Siltbreeze.
And how? By distilling all that’s good about Americana, from Gene Clark to Glen Campbell, mournful guitars that stretch across arid landscapes like barbed wire laid down with bare hands to leave a trail of blood you can track to a heart which keeps going, echoes of rhythms resonating in the distance like the footsteps of anonymous heroes marching in the night under the attentive gaze of slender foxes, lyrics which are the invisible tattoos we all carry carved indelible in the inside of our skin. Beautiful shit, literally.
Wooden Shjips’ Fallin is the sound of La Dusseldorf driving over the speed limit under the immense dome of a starry American sky, quiet and still as if they were surfing across a photograph different shades of moon-reflected colours, eventually stop at an all nite dinner shining bright in the distance like a casino where you always roll lucky dice, pastel surfaces and steaming coffee and customers straight off the pages of a Barry Gifford novella. The music keeps playing throughout this lull in the dream of eternal propulsion, endowing the craggy and thoughtful faces with epic purpose, as if all of them were simultaneously planning a prison break from their past, steal a bank, fall in love, dig for a treasure in the middle of the desert, find eldorado in the golden sands of a middle of nowhere which is much beautiful than either origin or destination.
Fallin’ closes Wooden Shjips’ new album, Dos.
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As a bonus, here you have a mixtape of songs picked here and there, I hope it makes sense to you, in a most warped of manners. We wouldn’t have any other way.
1-No Age- Things I did When I was Dead 2-Ganglians- Lost Words 3-Dillard & Clark- Polly 4-Nothing People- Pushing Buttons 5-We are Dios- Epileptic Tunnel Visions 6-Pink Floyd- Lucifer Sam 7-Twin Lion- Safest in Bearhugs 8-Ancient Crux-Coupling 9-Sun City Girls- Esoterica of Abyssinia 10-The Urinals- Black Hole 11-Eat Skull- Dawn in the Face 12-Sic Alps- Sing Song Waitress 13-TeePee- Mbiso 14-Husker Du- Never talk to you again 15-Yussuf Jerusalem-With You in Mind 16-Psychedelic Horseshit-New Wave Hippies 17-Times New Viking-Call and Response 18-Blank Dogs-Calling Over 19-The Mayfair Set- Desert Fun 20-Butthole Surfers- I Saw an X-Girl of a Girl Passing By 21-Wipers- Taking too Long