September 13 is the date to circle on your calendar for Wooden Shjips debut release on Thrill Jockey, a seven song set simply known as West. As the title suggests, it’s a manifestation of the band’s lifelong fascination with the mythology of the American West, a fervent, expansive and completely intoxicating collection of songs.
Our Free MP3 of the Day, “Lazy Bones,” puts into music what it feels like to race across the hot, windy plains of America, on the way to discover your pot of gold.
The West — whether it be in the words of Zane Grey or the words of Jack Kerouac — has always brought with it a sort of mystique. For the four members of Wooden Shjips, who all grew up on the East Coast, the history and literature of the West was a youthful fascination, an abstraction wrapped in a feeling of vast open spaces and opportunistic reinvention.
“Lazy Bones” is the wind in your hair, eleven hours into a ten hour trip, thrumming across the plains of Nebraska in the dark, the jarring rumble of the road so ingrained in your ears that it becomes peaceful lullabye, swirls of dust turning into shooting stars.