Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Anvil Head - Collider Scope E.P.
|Collider Scope E.P. is a release with a variety of beats and styles in a very consistent sound. It's pretty far off the surf path, but it's very nicely done experimental music.|
Picks: Lazy Train, Pulse, Industrial Sunset, Beachcomber, Surf Engine, The Antidote To Despair
Track by Track Review
"Lazy Train" is an ethereal reggae instro. Its sensual backtrack and flowing lead lines haunt and please. This is a very enjoyable, easy moving song that's part reggae, part modern rock.
Haunted imagery, muted echo guitar, and an almost tropical bass and beat. "Pulse" is tribal, well developed, and both heavy and light. Great production and percussion.
Spooky industrial reggae with wah wah and a hypnotic pulsing beat. "Industrial Sunset" seems more about tribal ambiance than melody. Still, it's sensual and cool.
Coastal images of two-lane highways and roadsters with the sunset on the right. "Beachcomber" is just a really nice traveling song.
Written and arranged in the general style of the eighties bands that risked doing an instro in a surfish vein, "Surf Engine" uses a minimal melody. more like a riff and a rhythm. That said, its eighties feel is warm and familiar. This is a fun track with a very modern sound.
On the fast side, with spooky ambiance, "The Antidote To Despair" is driven by a relentless beat. The melody floats on foggy notions between very big metal danger breaks. Nice contrasts.