Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Death Valley - Apollo XIII Plusdotdotdotdot
artworkThis DAT comes from the band and contains the tracks from their current Estrus single, a couple of marvelously innocent instros, the tracks from their Christmas single, plus a bonus Christmas track. Death Valley are slightly influenced by Enio Morricone and his spaghetti westerns, with doses of the mysterious Southwest desert surf sound, and their unique lead style, played without fury, but somehow embodying plenty of energy. This is a great band, and this is an excellent DAT. Death Valley could easily provide music for soundtracks.
Picks: Have Rocket, Will Travel, Same Planet, Different Worlds, Apollo XIII, Meteor Of Many Moods, Death Valley In Orbit, Those Eyes, That Mouth, When You Wish Upon A Star, Carol Of The Bells, Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy

Track by Track Review


Have Rocket, Will Travel dotdotdot
Desert Space Surf (Instrumental)

Moderately paced gently played dry guitar tune with clear Southwest desert and spaghetti western influences.

Same Planet, Different Worlds dotdotdotdot
Desert Space Surf (Instrumental)

Cowboys on parade in Ixtapa at the end of their whirlwind tour of Sicily. Rolling rhythms and great drums. The keys in the middle give a bit of a break. The post performance guitar noodleage is funny.

Apollo XIII dotdotdotdot
Southwest Desert Spaghetti Western Surf (Instrumental)

Count down to lift off at 2:13. This evokes images not unlike those of the sixties space singles like the What Four's "Gemini 4," but the style is totally different than that, with the marinara sauce overtaking the reverb and echoplex of it's forerunners.

Meteor Of Many Moods dotdotdot
Southwest Desert Spaghetti Western Surf (Instrumental)

Dissonant coolness. This strange number has a unique character, lots of changes, and textural variations. There is a curiously medieval sound to it... sad and foreboding, like an antediluvian rock hurled through the cold expanses of space, like maybe a... meteor.

Death Valley In Orbit dotdotdotdot
Southwest Desert Spaghetti Western Surf (Instrumental)

Tortured vibrato intro leads to a tune much like "Meteor Of Many Moods," but with a bit more energy in the leads, and the addition of glissandoes.

Those Eyes, That Mouth dotdot
Tourist Surf (Instrumental)

A long cool look at the face that launched a thousand gondolas... just so-so.

When You Wish Upon A Star dotdotdot
Southwest Desert Spaghetti Western Surf (Instrumental)

Disney surf... it had to happen. Now if someone will just follow Sun Ra's lead and do "Whistle While Your Surf." Cheezo sounds and little darlings all round for this delightful tune. I bet this would knock 'em dead at Lollapalooza. The mandolinski at the end is precious.

Carol Of The Bells dotdotdotdot
Christmas Southwest Desert Spaghetti Western Surf (Instrumental)

Totally different from the Malibooz treatment of this tune, like Xmas in Sardinia. Completely magical and spaghetti like, with dribbling almost balalaika guitar. Refined and restrained, portraying a beautiful scene.

Silent Night dotdotdotdot
Southwest Desert Spaghetti Western Surf (Instrumental)

Surfin' this trad Christmas tune with all the flair and reverence required. High energy, super delivery.

Little Drummer Boy dotdotdotdot
Southwest Desert Spaghetti Western Surf (Instrumental)

With all the pomp and circumstantial evidence required to convict OJ of ditching his high school graduation ceremony. This is sure to please, especially when it yields to the rockin' second half. Also from their Christmas single.