When LA alt-pop trio Ships Have Sailed’s new album Moodswings got to me (or I should say, when I finally got to my email) most of the songs had already been premiered. Early bird truly does get the worm. But I soon found that it was all okay, because every track is worth reviewing.
Ships Have Sailed is the rare case of a band name embodying its sound. Their melodies soar effortlessly and their inspired, rounded resonance reminds me of 90s alt-rock bands that have since gone out to sea (RIP Something Corporate) or mainstream Christian rock power players (looking at you, Hillsong United).
“Out of Time” starts with twinkly piano and vocals waxing poetic. The drum joins the laud, gaining momentum with a systematic beat and synthesized background, leading to a punchy, staccato chorus, “I will not leave you / I won’t forget you / I want to let you in,” oddly reminiscent of Donna Lewis’s “I love you / always forever/ near and far / closer together.” (Did you think you were going to see that reference in this review?)
The favorite, relatable lyrics, “Funny how the scars on our hearts are eclipsed by the stars in our eyes / I just want to hold you until the world runs out of time” really communicate the feel of the track. It's light-heartedly poignant, poppy, and puts a pep in my step. And it makes me feel like running into Prince Charming's arms isn't entirely just a fabrication of fairytales.
Check out the group at the links below & purchase their album Moodswings (out March 10) here.