PREMIERE: Night Shop Contemplates the Finitude of Love on “The Ship Has Sailed”

The latest track from Justin Sullivan's debut heads back into the woods.

As Woodsist has evolved from a shitgaze beacon to a hub for art-rock revivalism, one thing has remained constant: a meticulous allegiance to the development of their godfathering Woods. With a roster consistently comprised of many current and former auxiliary Woodsmen—and current and former auxiliary members of Woods-affiliated projects—such uniformity seems like it should be a given, considering the labels’ artists all moving in the same campfire-inspired creative circles.

Night Shop is certainly no exception. Ex-Babie and former Kevin Morby drummer Justin Sullivan recently released “The One I Love,” the first taste of his upcoming solo debut as Night Shop—but where that track was a cut not too far removed from Our House on the Hill, “The Ship Has Sailed,” which we’re pleased to be premiering here, is a ballad that questions the finitude of love over soothing guitar licks. “The song is about the necessity of moving on from an obsessive kind of love, but with a spirit of kindness,” expounds Sullivan. “Sometimes I fear there is only a very limited amount of love in the world and if I walk away from a fraught situation, I will be alone forever. I don’t think that’s actually true, but some of that is in the song, too.”

In The Break is out September 14 on Woodsist/Mare. You can pre-order it digitally here and physically hereAnd you can catch Night Shop on tour with Waxahatchee and fellow Woodsist cohort Anna St. Louis next month:

9/05: Georgia Theater – Athens, GA
9/08: Miracle Theater – Washington DC
9/09: The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
9/10: Le Poisson Rouge – New York City, NY
9/12: The Warhol – Pittsburgh, PA
9/13: Stuart’s Opera House – Nelsonville, OH
9/14: Survival Kit Gallery – Cleveland OH
9/15: Bloor Street United Church – Toronto, ON
9/16: Wealthy Theater – Grand Rapids, MI
9/18: Mineral Points Opera House – Mineral Points, WI
9/20: Lincoln Calling – Lincoln, NE
9/21: The While Schoolhouse – Lawrence, KS
9/29: Permanent Records, Highland Park – Los Angeles, CA *solo release show*


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