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Chalk Dinosaur - Kitty Hawk Surfdotdotdotdot
artworkWhile this is probably some studio project, it sure is well done and inventive. I fund this to be thoroughly enjoyable and durable. two months after stumbling across it, I still like it. It's not trad, but rather it is part modern surf, and part progressive surf. really fun.
Picks: The Runnin' Blues, Holy Mackerel!!!, Fish Bone, Pelican Watch, Mahi Mahi

Track by Track Review


The Runnin' Blues dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Stereo ping pong effects on the dry muted rhythm guitar creates spatial balance and accent, while the damp lead guitar plays a mighty nice surf melody. Glissandos, cool rhythms, and an interesting sound. The drums are over compressed, but the cardboard effect that creates seem to work here.

Holy Mackerel!!! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Holy Mackerel!!!" is part cheesy pop, part surf instro. It's a light weight track, upbeat, and rhythmically interesting. Chunky glissandos and pulsing bass are over come by the ordinary rock jam break. Had that not intruded, this would be easily another star up the scale.

Fish Bone dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Muted galloping hooves and counter melodies create interest and char. "Fish Bone" is a very cool track. It's on the easy side energy wise, but very cool and quite memorable.

Pelican Watch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal tom toms and bird calls create a long introduction accented by growly voicings. Once the song arrives, it's very unexpected stylistically. Ska, tropical flow, and easy exotic tone. Most intriguing.

Mahi Mahi dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Splashy chords chop at the bit in this well developed song. Some sections are more melodic than others, while some depend on chop chords. The muted patterns are fun.