Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Mood Musick For Modern Moviesdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Musick label has blossomed into a solid surf/instro operation with many fine acts on board. This CD is a label showcase, so most of this is available on CD from the artists. When you have a fine stable of acts like this, it makes a CD sampler a real joy to listen to, and if you're just getting into the new surf, well it's a great place to start. Instros and a few vocals are intermixed.
Picks: Watusi 99, Annabelle Lee, The Apes Of Wrath, Mutha Fuzz, Erika, Brasil '69, Astrotica, Black Sand, Invasion Of The Reverb Snatchers, Frankenstomp, Hearse Ride, Big Sky, Overboard, Dubrovnik (City of Love), Christmas Island, Step It Up, Amboy, Tsar Wars, Wall Of Blue, Sweet Spot, Bossa Coma, Aleikum

Track by Track Review


Watusi 99 dotdotdot
Latin Bugaboo A Go-Go (Instrumental)

This is a surprisingly rich throwback to the days when Ray Barretto's "El Watusi" was on the top forty, and the Ramsey Lewis Trio owned the instro marketplace. With the faux Latino accents and the suave fluidity, this makes a perfect modern counterpart to days gone by.

Annabelle Lee dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great trad damped reverb rhythm guitar, a sad and beautiful melody line that does indeed sing the praises of "Annabelle Lee" while fluidly issuing haunted images. The ominous bass line adds an element of danger. This is a really strong track.

The Apes Of Wrath dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With the low-E pummeling the title implies (imagine the Apemen angry), "The Apes Of Wrath" bowls you over from the get go... relentless shredding double picked guitar, powerful arranging, and mean. Intensely driven with flair and relentless energy.

Mutha Fuzz dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Monstrous fuzz that lies between Davie Allan and Travis Wammack, and the garages that bore the Sonics, but without the energy or drive of those earlier artists. It's VERY fuzzy, and it sports a fun riff and some pomp as well, plus it suggests an ancient Harley.

Erika dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Samba suave, smooth, swimming with flowing white dresses and pretty girls. This is a beautiful track, infectious and lustrous.

Brasil '69 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Boss Martians do a fine job with this track. The melody and bouncy rhythm are infectious, and the sound pretty solid. Delicate lead guitar work and excellent reverb abound. Way fun.

Astrotica dotdotdot
Satellite (Instrumental)

Disco hi hat and bass, cheesy organ, and a riff that borrows from the Tornados blend into a thumpy hypnotic orbital trance. Well conceived and executed.

Black Sand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an unusual combination of a slithering mood melody, an open road beat, and a faster pace not usually associated with such melodies. This has delicacy and power. So many textural changes. A very nice track.

Invasion Of The Reverb Snatchers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The tune of the original title for the first album, this is a readily identifiable Bambi Molesters style tune. Excellent writing and lead-rhythm balance, warm tone and sporty energy. Melodic and fluid.

Frankenstomp dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A sort of "She's Waiting" beat and a thick riffin' progression right out of a garage in Portland. Lots of Northwest feel.

Hearse Ride dotdotdot
Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

This is a slow and moody blues, a reflective post-dirge excursion with surf guitar and atmospheric sax.

Big Sky dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a track from the forthcoming Fathoms album. Moderately paced, excellent writing, and some really nice playing. The melody is out of the main stream. Full of spring day warmth, "Big Sky" paints a picture of a big sky. very nice.

Overboard dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked, angry guitar sound, and wet ambiances. The melody is good, and the rhythm is catchy.

Dubrovnik (City of Love) dotdotdotdot
Exotic Club Scene (Instrumental)

Very eerie. Distant boomy percussion, remarkably effective pumping organ, and pristine Hank Marvinesq lead guitar. The Antonioni club scene feel is quite stunning. Interesting.

Christmas Island dotdotdotdot
Exotic Club Scene (Instrumental)

The Space Cossacks deliver a gloriously Hawaiian holiday tribute, with a grass shack lap steel feel, and a very smooth delivery. Smooth, suave, and darn cool.

Step It Up dotdotdot
Rock R&B (Instrumental)

With an almost Halibuts structure, a dry lead tone, and organ, this jumps out as apart from the rest of the tracks here. It's more Northwest than surf, sort of a cross between Bat Man and Dave Lewis R&B.

Amboy dotdotdot
Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is a fuzz instro from the riff rock sub biker school of thought. Nicely done, and quite enjoyable.

Tsar Wars dotdotdotdot
Russian Space Surf (Instrumental)

Surf and Russian battlefield epic melody lines, and huge powerful attack. The ringing nature of the tone and the great double picking, combined with the effects and very well thought out arranging make this shine. An excellent break and bridge.

Wall Of Blue dotdotdotdot
Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

Hand clapping rhythms and spiffy rhythms support gorgeous surf-jazz guitar lines that give up images of glassy walls on warm summer days, like scenes from The Endless Summer. Melodic, pretty, and most enjoyable.

Sweet Spot dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This glorious track is in the beautifully slow rhythmic style that is unique to the Bambi Molesters. Saucy sax lines add to the moody misty melody and delicate picking. A fine track.

Bossa Coma dotdotdot
Near Dead Dance In A Trance (Instrumental)

Weird scenes inside a space station near Aldebaran, where the near dead dance in a trance of non-recognition. "Bossa Coma" is lilty, semi fluffy, melodic, and strange, with just a hint of Stan Getz after too much Mescal.

Aleikum dotdotdotdot
Egyptian Shaft (Instrumental)

This is quite curious. The middle eastern riff delivered with the gutty shaft guitar makes for an uneasy alliance between street wise and Bedouin nomad. The bass thunder contrasts to the usually mid range dominated Arabic sounds. Even the warble voicings adds to the mix. Quite cool.