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Del Mar - After The Quakedotdotdotdot
artworkFive instrumentals rock you world on this release. After The Quake is an interesting release from a use of genre perspective, and is at times inventive. I love the cover of "The Rising Surf." The vocals here are backed by surf guitar too.
Picks: I Got A Woody, Broken Surfboards On The Beach, Return To Scorpion Bay, Thank You's - Long Walk Home

Track by Track Review


I Got A Woody dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Tremolo guitar shimmers with whammy chords. The darkness of the instrumental is like a slightly less morose Deadbolt. The melody is pretty cool, and the dribbled double picked lines are like water. "I Got A Woody" is a very cool track. A narrative opens.

Broken Surfboards On The Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Richie Allen and the Pacific Surfers' "The Rising Surf" is retitled "Broken Surfboards On The Beach" and done with extreme tremolo shimmer and moody downturns. This is a very nice track for a rainy afternoon.

New Realization dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A gentle riff and moody bass ride atop solid drums in this track. "New Realization" is not exactly melodic, but it carries you along. Handclaps add interest.

Return To Scorpion Bay dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Angular tone eerily lays out a melody atop gentle chords and rhythm. "Return To Scorpion Bay" borders on spooky, with its gently double picked lines and big tom toms. Once in the break, squonking sax takes the wheel. This really grows on you as it progresses.

Thank You's - Long Walk Home dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Yeah, thanks are the main reason, but eventually the instrumental takes hold. Its rockabilly beat romps, and the rhythmic cycling guitars and bass pound. Transgressing into psychedelia at times, "Long Walk Home" rocks and swirls.