Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Destination: Earth - Trapped In Hyperspace With...dotdotdot
artworkLot's of sampled or created intro bits a la Man or Astro-MAN? Some surf, some eighties influenced pop darkness, and many other interesting track. Vocals include the sci-fi epic "First Wave," the narrated space tale "Stolen Space Station," the punkie "Damage Report," the new wavy "Alien Love Slave," and the cool "Theme From Destination: Earth."
Picks: Countdown To Intrigue, Future Events Such As These, N Remains Constant, The Mummy Factor, Boldly Go Nowhere, Sonnie Does The Stick, Idioblast Invasion, Flying Fortress, Agents Of S.H.A.D.O.W.

Track by Track Review

Countdown To Intrigue dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Semi surfy guitar against a funky solid bass driven backtrack. Heavy and mean... like a less fuzzed Planet Seven less the theremin.

Future Events Such As These dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Angular surf, with a long narrated intro. Mostly a progression cruncher, but yet mysteriously solid and interesting enough to work. The break with the thundering tom-toms and cool keyboard sounds ends with an extra chunky glissando.

N Remains Constant dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Plucky punkoidal bleakabilly, with an almost soulful riff. This is an unusual piece, and while not really melodic, its many changes and precise energy are very engaging. Dig the mysteries of surfing the outer reaches of space.

The Mummy Factor dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Suave space surf 'n' groove, like a funky version of the Swamis, with great percussion and a fluid structure. Excellent.

Boldly Go Nowhere dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

"Boldly Go Nowhere" is almost an eighties new wave popster, with a spunky percussive backtrack, and a speedy riff with coy dramatic chop-chop changes. Pretty cool, like a "What Ever Happened To Eddie" (Butch Patrick aka Eddie and the Munsters) theme with weird science keys and no vocals.

Sonnie Does The Stick dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very nice surf piece, with a fluid melody line and a smooth yet funky bass line. The sound is moody yet crisp. I think this is the best track here, well crafted and engaging, with most sustained listenability.

Idioblast Invasion dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Bouncy darkness, whammy, and overdubbed narration about the "Idioblast Invasion." Mostly a progression, but still entertaining.

Flying Fortress dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

A glissando and tom toms opens this tribal surf epic. It has an eighties LA surfband feel, yet is not dated. Very fine track indeed. I especially like the drum work.

Agents Of S.H.A.D.O.W. dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

The extraterrestrial spy story "Agents Of S.H.A.D.O.W." is more dark spunk than melodic flow. An anthemic street fight with great drums and some cool guitar sounds. Dry glissandoes and stormy surf edge.