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The Elk-Tones - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkJeepers, what a monster! On the fringes of surf lie dark psychedelic growls and ultra power. The Elk-Tones master that environ. This is not your grandfather's surf, but rather it is really dangerous guitar crunch.
Picks: Judaca, Oxycoton, Getting Acquainted, Scruel, Spamwich Rugburn, San Fran Stones, Who Knew?

Track by Track Review


Judaca dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"Judaca" is one dark rockin' surf assault. Its relentless edge and power are obvious. Its drama is huge. More than your grandmothers rock'n'roll!

Oxycoton dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This is a jammin' number with harsh psychedelic and angular tone. Its abrasives is matched by its heavy thunder and swirl. Very cool!

Getting Acquainted dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"Getting Acquainted" opens from big dangerous chords trembling with throbbing tremolo on one side while haunted shimmering psychedelic guitar reverbs on the other. The bass is rock solid, and the drums slow and big. Quite groovy.

Scruel dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"Scruel" is part psychedelic, part thrashing chords, and part rhythmic near-surf. This sounds to me like it could easily have been discovered in Cony Plank's vaults. It's interesting, goes through multiple changes, and is loaded with drama.

Spamwich Rugburn dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Dark textures riff rock their way through this menacing number. The drums are great, and the guitars thick. The dissonant midsection is intense and compelling, and the long gruff glissandos and tortured swagger are superb! "Spamwich Rugburn" is much heavier than it is interesting and memorable, but that's in contrast to some very strong material earlier on the disc.

San Fran Stones dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"San Fran Stones" is different from the rest f this album, reminiscent of maybe Epitaph or another Krautrock band. There are plenty of dark textures.

Who Knew? dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Heavy, dark, long chords open, and it also goes fast with great danger. The double picked melody line is really cool, as are the string swipes. From a surf perspective, this is all about really dark skies pouring on endangered riders challenging fifty foot canyons of cold gray water. Wow!