Release Date: May 5, 2017
Record label: Three Lobed
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
Experimental and ever-shifting singer/songwriter James Jackson Toth capped off a hyper-prolific stint of output from his restless Wooden Wand project with 2014's Farmer's Corner LP. That album was one of several releases Toth and friends created in a few short years, moodily hopping from loud and angsty roots rock to softly demonic experimental folk, channeling influences that ranged from classic ragged-rock figureheads like Neil Young and the Dead to more obscure sonic searchers. Clipper Ship follows a three-year silence after that phase of the project, and unsurprisingly takes Toth's sounds in a completely different direction.
Every outing with Wooden Wand— stage name for James Jackson Toth— is an adventure. His music ranges all over the place, centering around a mix of folk, country, and rock, but not without the occasional detour through psychedelia or free jazz. With that in mind, it's almost a disappointment to find Clipper Ship cleaving closely to the standard folk template.