Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Cruel Sea - The Honeymoon Is Overdotdotdot
artworkA long way from the mainstream of surf music, this CD is closer to "surfers' music," with lot's of rhythmic, sometimes reggae influences, and a semi industrial (in the machine sense) sound. I was surprised that A&M would issue something like this.
Picks: Orleans Stomp, The Right Time, Sly Din, Seems Twice, X-N-Pop

Track by Track Review

Orleans Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an unusual instrumental that is sorta tribal in an urban way, not hip hop, but somehow industrial without being industrial, with a semi-Hawaiian country guitar lead mixed blended into the overall track. It is slightly more focused on the rhythmic than the melody, but it's hypnotic side seems to work well with it's music side. Even the keyboards are complimentary to the overall effect. Think Polynesian salsa. An interesting track.

The Right Time dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A lot like "Orleans Stomp," this track is rhythmic and infectious, but it has less to do with surf. Enjoyable side trip on the road to reverb.

Sly Din dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slower more sinewy sounding instro, with more of the sliding slithering guitar and less of the industrial impression. It is a nice balance of island guitar, desert boots, and lumbering chunky rhythms.

Seems Twice dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a nice rhythmic track. It has a lithe lead line, and more of that island imagery in the guitar, with the dust of the cattle drive, and the soul of Booker T. Jones. A pleasant track.

X-N-Pop dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An organ/piano based reggae number with mostly a jam feel, and not much energy. Would be a nice backdrop for an afternoon picnic, but doesn't stand up to focused listening.