Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Al Hotchkiss - Psychedelic Deathray (Internet Audio Archive)
|This is a splendidly disturbed seven-track album from Al Hotchkiss. His sense of sound and arrangement are unique and unfettered by reality, with a touch of surf.|
Picks: 106 miles, Batman Theme, Born Bad, Sky Surfer
Track by Track Review
This is one eerie surf instro, with a clockwork second guitar and very ominous melody line line a dissonant spaghetti western in slide dementia. "106 miles" is wholly original and spooky. Like a weird scene inside an unbalance imagination, it's hard to look away. Very cool!
This is one strange adaptation of Neil Hefty's "Batman Theme," with a nightmarish wash of uneasy sound, howling feedback, tortured whammy, and near-slide mayhem. Quite unusual!
Part surf, part blues, part Captain Beefheart, "Born Bad" rises from a near-blues birth to a blues for an asylum that's intense and nerve wracking. Yikes!
With a weird surf rhythm and howling reverbed dungeon of eeriness, "Sky Surfer" is more like mortuary surf than its title would suggest. Heavy, dank, watery, and unlit.