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Wooden Shjips, long-time leaders of the contemporary psychedelic movement, expand their sound with V. , augmenting their already rich sound with laid back, classic summer songs written by singer/guitarist Ripley Johnson as an antidote to the pervasive anxiety both political and natural. The music is a balm against the noise and negativity. Lead single "Staring At The Sun" is a nearly 8 minute laid back, slowly building narrative, whose lyrics tell of a gentle push and pull between the desire for sun and escape and the tug of anxiety, with peaceful resistance winning the day and guiding the tone. Johnson also gives us a few of his signature traveling songs such as "Eclipse," and "Red Line," both showcases for the stellar rhythm section of Omar Ahsanuddin and Dusty Jermier. Their unparalleled sense of groove and restraint leaves ample room for Nash Whalen's keyboard flourishes.