Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surf Thisdotdotdot
artworkAs label comps go, this is pretty darn good. Mesa/BlueMoon had the foresight to sign the Mermen and the Aqua Velvets, so, naturally, they're here, along with a couple of guitar oriented fusion-esq tracks from the "Blazing Longboards" soundtrack. Nine tunes segued to hook the radiophiles who need their morning clue fix, else they don't know what to add.
Picks: Scalp Salad, Mexican Rooftop Afternoon, Tarantula, Surf Samba, Pulpin' Line, Hole Diggin', Quo Me Cunque Rapit Tempestas, Deforor Hospes, Mastering The Art Of Falling Down, Be My Noir

Track by Track Review


Scalp Salad dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The melody is magical, and the edge and drama are most endearing. Continuing to be source of inspired sounds, this tune flows through its variations, and liquidly captures the swells. Very dramatic without being pompous, this performance is stunningly silky. A fine track.

Mexican Rooftop Afternoon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With bongos gently thumping, this very picturesque melody oozes lazy afternoon breezes with martini in hand. The use of harmonics is splendid, and the lounginess is unmistakable, though not overbearing. A very pretty track.

Tarantula dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

What an interesting track. This highly rhythmic number has little bearing on surf, but it is both disjointedly melodic and edgie without volume or effects. Very good listening for those that enjoy the outskirts of the genre and aren't afraid to delve into the neighbors of surf.

Surf Samba dotdotdot
South American Surf (Instrumental)

Mexican double picking, South American rhythms, jazzy guitar lines, melody leads, and just enough party to make it all too fun.

Pulpin' Line dotdotdotdot
South American Surf (Instrumental)

Super pumping double picked powerhouse number designed to grind you into the sand. Very big and energetic.

Hole Diggin' dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Django goes to the outhouse with Chris Shahin, drives the Cow with Martyn Jones and Allen Whitman, and screams with Carlos Santana. Mostly a jam, but what pumped energy and drive. Very cool. From the "Dog Party" album.

Quo Me Cunque Rapit Tempestas, Deforor Hospes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slowly howling sad and melodic mood piece, with super compressed guitar and lots of nice elements. Taken from Glorious Lethal Euphoria.

Mastering The Art Of Falling Down dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nonchalant embodied in a song. Surfing is all about not falling down unless you can make it look like you meant it. Their bar scene is like that too. It's like when a cat does something stupid, then looks around to see if anyone observed it, the quickly and confidently licks it's coat to appear calm and in control. Double picked midsection, sinewy lines,funky underpinnings. What a cool song.

Be My Noir dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a highly melodic and emotional song, with dramatic changes,and grand harmonics. It owns you when you listen.