Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Destination: Earth - Adventures In Newspacedotdotdotdot
artworkA bit off the surf path into vacuous space, but this CD is a worthy side trip as you search for the perfect wave with the dwell at 10. Often inventive, the music within is never dull or dismissible. It is imaginative, sometimes a little geeky in its humor, and always enjoyable. Ten instrumentals surround five dangerously odd vocals about space and aliens. The vocals are "Vector Sigma Stomp," the cleverly titled "Whore Of The Worlds," "Cast A Long Shadow" (not the Monochrome Set song, but a dissonant little number that charms and grooves with an uncomfortable edge), "Burned On Re-entry," and "Unsmiling Core."
Picks: Adventures In Newspace, Stationary Orbit, Attack Of The Anti-matter Men, System Failure, Gattler Goes Surfing, Hotrod Supernova, Jet Jockey In Action, The Pupil Pistol, A Shot In The Foot, The Vacuum Effect

Track by Track Review

Adventures In Newspace dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Infectious thick chorded chunk, sub-surf guitar, theremin wails, and an cool beat all in the same bowl of sci-fi soup. Catchy fun and memorable. It comes to a big whirling theremin end.

Stationary Orbit dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Sinewy whammy chords and haunting surf guitar over soft exotic percussion portray an image of sunset island off the coast of Mexico, or maybe just outside the asteroid belt. Dramatic and fluid.

Attack Of The Anti-matter Men dotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Plucky surf guitar beneath a dramatic narrated opening remains as the song gradually chunks its way in. Writhing rhythmically in a damaged changeling kinda way, with chunks floating in the water. An adventure in sub space invasion.

System Failure dotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Thick rockin' space grind, with whirling organ and chorded massive edge. Slightly melodic, somewhat dangerous, and sporting a brilliant break delicately plucked in stark contrast to the main theme. Nice track.

Gattler Goes Surfing dotdotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

With a somewhat quirky melody, "Gattler Goes Surfing" splashes with a geek-clique tongue in cheek warmth and fluffiness. Fanciful and very cool, this finds its way into your brain like that commercial theme you hate to catch yourself whistling. A brilliant piece of construction.

Hotrod Supernova dotdotdot
Punk Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra thick pummel-abilly thrash with punk-n-stuff edge and a bit of the spirit of Chachi, Boba Fett, and the Wookiee.

Jet Jockey In Action dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

"Jet Jockey In Action" is playful in a warped kinda way, with a rhythmic basis and a too-fun riff and party pace. Warm and happy, with out being soft and sappy. Great song.

The Pupil Pistol dotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent ideas here. Many changes between thick rhythmic playing and delicate echoed plucking, all based on a theme that creeps in and stays. Particularly interesting, with a warmth and freshness well worth a spin. The narrated explanation of the title is brief and interesting as well. very cool track, which ends suddenly with segue into "A Shot In The Foot."

A Shot In The Foot dotdotdot
Sci-Fi Punkoidal Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Slightly reminiscent of a death struggle between "Peter Gunn," "A Shot In The Dark," and "Have A Nice Funeral My Friend," this fine track makes new waves in strange places and leaves you satisfied.

The Vacuum Effect dotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy and soft cymbals introduce this sad tale of the theme from The Big Suck. Not really, but how often do you get to make vacuum jokes with instrumental music. "The Vacuum Effect" is deliberate and measured, whammified and cool. The intensity of the lead twang against the soft backtrack makes an interesting contrast.