Wooden Shjips Make a Visual Drone for "Black Smoke Rise" Video

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The music made by S.F. outfit Wooden Shjips could be simplified as fuzzy, blown-out riffs repeated into psychedelic infinity. Even though the band's upcoming album, West, contains some of its most accessible psych-rock to date, it still finds the members working in a style reliant upon the power of sonic strangeness set to endless repeat.

So it's fitting that for the first video from West, for album opener "Black Smoke Rise," director Miko Revereza did the same thing with visuals: He found a simple theme -- in this case a distressed black-and-white image of a man kicking and playing with a Coke bottle -- and repeated it, with slight variations, to unsettling effect.

In Wooden Shjjips' case, this produces some surprisingly engrossing music. Does the strategy work well for video, too? Watch this clip after the jump and find out.

Wooden Shjips -- Black Smoke Rise from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

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