Monday 10 November 2014

Desert Ships - Skyliner EP

Following on from their acclaimed 2012 debut LP Doll Skin Flag, London trio Desert Ships return with a classic 4 track EP Skyliner which has been produced by none other than Ride's Mark Gardener.

I love a 4 track EP. My favourite record is a 4 track EP. Better than a single, and usually packing more punch than an album, what is there not to like? Sadly, the format was outlawed for chart entry in the 1990s with fewer and fewer EPs now being produced.

Skyliner is a great 4 track, 25 minute extended player in the tradition of those fine records produced back in the day.

Lead track Skyliner is a slow building psychedelic classic. There is a simplicity to the track, with a pulsating, repeated rhythm section and some epic, soaring guitars. Shell Shock continues in a similar fashion.

Desert Ships stand apart from some of their contemporaries as they incorporate some neat vocal harmonies to their tunes. Heartbeat exemplifies this before Ausgang brings the EP to a close. Sounding like an extended jam, the instrumental Ausgang really sees the band (Mikey on guitar, Daniel on bass; drummer Claude) shift up a notch and is a fitting end to the record.

There is a real versatility to Desert Ships on this record. From the Big Star influenced opening to the Jimi Hendrix Experience ending, this is a great 4 track EP.

A perfect late night record.

Desert Ships' website can be found here.  They are also on Facebook, Twitter and their recordings can be purchased from their Bandcamp site.

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