By Alyce Ruby
London based Desert Ships released their latest single ‘Neon’ yesterday, 23rd July. It’s the first single to be released from their upcoming third album ‘Heavy Soup’, following ‘Eastern Flow’ in 2019 (recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios and mixed by Ride’s Mark Gardener). This track, and presumably a lot of the album, was produced, recorded and mixed at Mikey Buckley’s home studio during the span of the pandemic. Buckley also worked on the band’s 2019 album. The Desert Ships trio consists of: Daniel McLean on bass/keys, Claude Trejonis on drums/vocals and Ant Baker with guitar/vocals.
‘Neon’ is a dream-rock, psychedelic trip right back to the 60s/70s. The lyrics tell the tale of an empty city, a new dystopian world and people stuck inside: “wake up, lockdown, daylight, get down.” Sounds like a vaguely familiar situation. We’re treated to a fuzzy guitar solo mid-way through the track, only it’s reversed – alongside the build up of organs, they add to the haunting, hypnotic sound the band exudes so well. Listening to the song is a full cinematic experience.
Desert Ships aren’t a new band, and I’m almost ashamed I haven’t heard them before – but they’re definitely on my radar now and I can’t wait to hear ‘Heavy Soup’ when it’s released. ‘Neon’ is out now, available on all major streaming platforms.