Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surf (Sunshine Sounds)dotdotdotdot
One of the better web comps, Surf (Sunshine Sounds) gathers a substantial number of highly rated tracks for a fine adventure through modern surfdom.
Picks: The Astroglides - The Man With The Golden Reverb, Dark Surf, Big Ray and the Futuras - Horrorscope, Sputnik, Brazil 2001 - Girl From Orange County, Cheesy Vernix - Malibu Snacks, Night Surf, Deadbolt - Blacktop Fever, The Del-Vamps - Faraway Places, The Diamondheads - Big Daddy Dirtpile, Dented Fender, Waving, The Malibooz - Firestorm At Surfrider, The Manatees - Mendoza, The Mermen - Apache, The Mofos - Ciente De Espanol A Juan, Spy In Yer Eye, The Penetrators - Checkpoint Echo, Deception Bay, Another Time, Another Place, The Suburban Vamps - The Surf Vamps, Archie Thompson - Swami's, El Dorado

Track by Track Review


The Astroglides - The Man With The Golden Reverb dotdotdotdotdot
Espionage Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering vibes and dripping surf guitar, a sullen horn, and film score drama... "The Man With The Golden Reverb" is a well developed piece of music, and with minimal luck, should really find its way onto celluloid. Flute and vibes, damped reverb rhythm, and delightful arranging. Too cool!

The Astroglides - Dark Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra heavy dark surf eerily comes your way via a nasty double picked lead, reverbed and powerful over an intense howl from a wailing Theremin. Strong drums and bass, and an overall evil texture. Intensely personal in a damaged and dangerous way.

Big Ray and the Futuras - Horrorscope dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big hard driving surf and twang, well played and nicely written. The double picking is solid, as is the bass thunder. The melodic riff is friendly and a little unusual.

Big Ray and the Futuras - Sputnik dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sputnik" sports really cool rhythms and delightful damped surf guitar. Very playful and adventurous, and infectious. The enthralling combination of elements grows on you as you listen. Right from the start I knew it was going to be a four star track, but by the time I had listened several times, I could resist giving it five stars. It's just too cool.

Brazil 2001 - Girl From Orange County dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track has an almost Nelson Riddle TV theme quality about it, with a round ringing tone, and a melodic plink that requires a second listen. The song employs elements of lounge, of Henry Mancini - Pink Panther detective quaintness, and a flowing Girl From Ipanima mystique. Great track.

Cheesy Vernix - Malibu Snacks dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surfable dry tone riff rockin' adventure. "Malibu Snacks" employs a very common progression with long chords behind and great drums.

Cheesy Vernix - Night Surf dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"Night Surf" is a bluesy thing with orchestral keys. The riff is suggestive Jo Stafford's "You Belong To Me." Strangely attractive.

Deadbolt - Blacktop Fever dotdotdot
Voodoo Surf (Instrumental)

"Blacktop Fever" is a dark and murky number with a near-melody painting a picture of basement nuisances and uneasy feelings. The cars pass by regularly, and the occasional chokes create 'tweener emphasis.

The Del-Vamps - Faraway Places dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the Eddie & the Showman classic, played well, but without the aural clarity that brings out the delicate damped plucks needed in the beginning to really set it up as Eddie did. The drums' sound are annoying and boomy. Otherwise, it's a nice delivery.

The Diamondheads - Big Daddy Dirtpile dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A circular melody line drives over a tribal beat as the band rips through this classic riff surfer. Bright and abundantly energetic, with a rich textural sound. The Diamondheads make "Big Daddy Dirtpile" sparkle.

The Diamondheads - Dented Fender dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dented Fender" displays many changes, with differing guitar dynamics, resulting in different tone, and changes in approach, coupled with great drums and a very interesting bass line make this stand out. Great glissandos and splashy surf power.

The Diamondheads - Waving dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Soft and slow, this liquid evening groove uses soft slow whammy chords and reverb to lull the night into providing a romantic backdrop. Very pretty and islandic.

The Malibooz - Firestorm At Surfrider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Much more rhythmic than the longboard version, this track uses chunk and a buried lead guitar to produce a darker interpretation. Quite appealing.

The Manatees - Mendoza dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A quirky riff, like a jazz flirtation that's gotten pregnant and simplified. Some very nice moments in this catchy little number. It gets a little repetitious, yet keeps your attention. The interesting thing is the fine balance between the lead and rhythm guitar. The spacy break is very cool, with swirly Theremin and echoed effects.

The Mermen - Apache dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Mermen are incomparable, regardless of the material they play. While relatively traditional in structure, Jim Thomas' guitar meanders in and out of reverb as his golden touch liquefies Jerry Lordan's "Apache."

The Mofos - Supercharged On Alcohol dotdotdot
Dark Garage (Instrumental)

With a relentless rhythm that reminds me of a garage version of Armageddon's "Buzzard," this hard rocking guitar windup grabs you by the throat and just won't let go. It's big and tuff and nerve wracking, and very much a rock song.

The Mofos - Ciente De Espanol A Juan dotdotdotdot
Dark Surf (Instrumental)

"Ciente De Espanol A Juan" is a splendid song, with double picked lines, a Spanish influence, and a kind of loud quiet about it. Thick and compressed, a "listen to me" delivery, and yet a kind of grace. A very cool song.

The Mofos - Spy In Yer Eye dotdotdot
Dark Surf (Instrumental)

Rock and roll chunk with surf chords and glissandos. The constant assault is reminiscent of some eighties-nineties bands east of the Sierras, though it's much more surf based. Parts of "Spy In Yer Eye" are very cool, while others are too riff-rock for my taste. There's no denying the energy and attack in this song.

The Penetrators - Checkpoint Echo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An excellent spaghetti western flavored track from Tuscaloosa, Alabama's claim to fame. This is a tasty and rhythmic track, with excellent guitar tone and a very nice melody riff. With a little Alfredo sauce, it would be a main course at the pizzeria. Excellent.

The Penetrators - Deception Bay dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Splendid opening drama as the picture comes into focus. It's a misty island, with the fog lifting and a bit of hidden danger just beyond the beach where the lords of the new surf lurk in the thicket. If Jon and the Nightriders' slower shimmering pieces excite you, you're going to be very pleased with this stunning track.

The Penetrators - Another Time, Another Place dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Delicate and rhythmic trad rhythm guitar under a sparkling lead... infectious and richly arranged. The melody and sound invokes cautiously optimistic emotions and wonderful sense of the curl.

The Suburban Vamps - The Surf Vamps dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Glissandos synced with drums, adventurous melody riffs, and hard driving coastal journeys. Modern wah wah break short boards the arrangement, as does the line from Peter Frampton's "Show Me The Way."

Archie Thompson - Swami's dotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

Slow groovin' "Hernando's Hideaway" backtrack and a saucy sax. Dramatic Latin heat flows through the sensual tones.

Archie Thompson - El Dorado dotdotdot
Sax (Instrumental)

Amidst fairly chunky rhythms, Archie Thompson's tenor sax squirts out a catchy and slightly jazzy melody line. The keys in the break are nearly piano like, and add immeasurable to the track. Overall, a very enjoyable track.