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The Concaves - Warning: Heavy Surf Advisorydotdotdotdot
artworkThe Concaves are a new group from Santa Cruz. This first release displays a mixture of deep ambiance, occasionally Mermen-like runs, dry surf rhythms, and a fresh idea born of sophisticated post metal sounds.
Picks: Dogfish Rumbles, Eyes Of the Sea, Surfing The Light, Reflecting Tides, CowellKiki, The Green Flash, Tip Time, Tube Rush, Li'l Waquine, Wave Of Death, Heavy Surf Advisory

Track by Track Review


Dogfish Rumbles dotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

Acoustic openings yield to modern sub-metal guitar over a surf rhythm track. "Dogfish Rumbles" is rhythmic and haunting, with such a distant howl from the lead that space invaders might be warded off.

Eyes Of the Sea dotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

With a nod to some of the reverb free sixties studio surf recordings, the rhythm track here clicks and chops beneath an eighties guitar lead. The contrast is effective and interesting, despite its distance from the genre.

Surfing The Light dotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

Ambient echoes and distant whispers of guitar give way to stereo lead murk and chord whammy, which seems to be hostile and haunting. The lead guitar's lines are long and modern string bending tremolo sessions that are scenic and majestic.

Reflecting Tides dotdotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

Aurally reminiscent of Brian Eno or Phil Manzanera slowed and swirled, "Reflecting Tides" grumbles with profound moodiness and distant spectral haunting. It's a deep and sensual experience that calls to the sea in a post-squall way. Quite interesting!

CowellKiki dotdotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

Launched from the "Wild Weekend" rhythm progression, led by a modern guitar whine, and separated by grodie glissandoes, "CowellKiki" is adventurous and engaging, but also seems not quite congealed.

The Green Flash dotdotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

"The Green Flash" opens with moody whammy dipped surfisms and long cymbals over the sea lapping at the shore. This very effective and misty combination is dramatic and emotional. Once into the song, country airs rise and surf warbles command. This is a most unusual song with an intriguing sound and sad optimism.

Tip Time dotdotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

Rising from a moody ambiance and glissando, "Tip Time" cries to the curl like an orca. It's an open sea adventure with a surfable grumble below, and a sense of motion towards the unknown. Quite cool.

Tube Rush dotdotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

The opening is on the angry side, but the rest of "Tube Rush" is more like a traditional surf epic strained through Mermen fluidity and ambient murk optimism. It's lush and almost morose at times, yet forward looking and powerful like being inside the tube. A great song.

Li'l Waquine dotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

"Li'l Wahine" is more textured and less moody and deep, with damped echoed stereo split guitar and a distant almost indistinct lead. Kinda spooky, yet more in a mainstream vein. br>
Li'l Waquine was Dogfish's daughter Beth's surf handle given to her by the West Side Boys. Its short for Walking Queen. She was an incredible longboarder, able to cross-step and go to the nose better than most people could walk the sidewalk dead sober. She met a untimely death surfing the lane in Nov. ,95. Dogfish is trying to depict her feet walking on the surfboard with the song. He dubbed in a guitar track using his Carvin T-Bolt with a rag under the strings. He turned the echo and reverb up then he picked the chords over the top of the rhythm track. It turned out pretty cool. He think Beth would have cracked up.

Wave Of Death dotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

Great surf drums open to a very surfable track on the outskirts of the genre, yet firmly a citizen of the culture. Some guitar hero noodling comes along wile the sound gets thicker and thicker.

Heavy Surf Advisory dotdotdotdot
Post Metal Surf (Instrumental)

Reminding me a little of a light weight version of Surf Report, this song fits well into the periphery of the surf genre despite it's aural opposition. It's an attractive piece of music, with unexpected changes and a modern sound.