Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Wild Sazanami Beat Vol. 3dotdotdot
artworkVolume three in the amazing Wild Sazanami Beat series features 5 surf instros from across the globe, and a great gob of garage rock mostly from Japan. Great fun, especially Chocolate's "Hippy Hippy Shake."
Picks: Surf vs. The Flying Saucers, Flight To Mercury, Headless Hipster, Surf Mongol, Hey Hunter

Track by Track Review

Surf vs. The Flying Saucers dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While staying in the surf envelope aurally throughout, the ingenious alternations of melody styles between surf and alien theme adds to the coolness of "Surf vs. The Flying Saucers." So, it's partially melodic and aquatic, and partially film-thematic. Nicely done.

Flight To Mercury dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Flight To Mercury" is a splashy kind of fifties style instro with reverb and panache. The melody is very good and the drums grand. Liquid notes, Cossack shouts, and shiny guitar.

Headless Hipster dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

Structured a bit like the Ventures' "He Never Came Back," this song features dribbling glissandos, a space-oriented melody line, and percussive rhythm guitar. Engaging and eerie.

Surf Mongol dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Frat rock chop chords and laughter, and a minimal riff. The lead, once it arrives is playful. A fun track for sure.

Hey Hunter dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf rhythm guitar, swirly spy guitar, go-go keys, and surf bass and drums. The combination is engaging and the sound warm and well mixed. The drums are superb, and the guitar's haunted tone well suited to the song. The melody circles and cycles, and the energy is perfect for the open road. Very cool.