Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|There are eight really good instros on this album, most of which are steeped in surf sounds, but brought into new and original places. There's one vocal here, a plaintiff version of The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."|
Picks: Fishes, Thousands Migrate, Cobra GT, Tour - Parts I, Ii, & Iii, Blah Blah Aloha, Heavy Surf Advisory, Sleep Walk
Track by Track Review
"Fishes" features some really nice surf guitar, glissandos and all, but in a thoroughly modern melody and rhythm context. Highly original and splendidly oceanic. Close your eyes and you see swirling gray water after a storm. Liquid muted reverb and charm.
Acoustic Ukulele (Instrumental)
Ukulele and drums playfully ponder an afternoon... very light and fun.
Dark and rhythmic, and on the murky side, "Thousands Migrate" images industrial starkness juxtaposed with crystalline water. Refreshingly original, and perhaps what might have been predicted out of the eighties jangle revival had it merged into surf.
Voicings create a motor sound while island holiday guitars play a splendid song. "Cobra GT" is artful and original, and is well suited for the surf envelope. Some double picked lines and rich tone present an open road epic. Very strong.
Tour - Parts I, Ii, & Iii
Chop chord surf n roll for traveling down the coast. The guitar reminds me of Epitaph's "Outside The Law" at times, but a bit less intense. Adventurous and warm, and nicely evolving.
The ocean laps at the shore, the muted guitar drips out chords and warm notes, and the steel creates island images. Part surf, part Hawaiian, and all vacation.
"Heavy Surf Advisory" is a mid tempo song for a drive. It's a pretty fun track, with some very nice transitions and thick textures, and it's more riff dominated than much of Blukomet's work.
Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk" is done on lap steel very much the way the Farina brothers did it. The guitar is really close to the source. While it's really good - very saucy and emotional, it's so close to the original that I wondered why do it. That doesn't detract from the glory that is the playing at all.