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The Insect Surfers - Live In The Valley Of The Sundotdotdotdot
artworkThis live set is ambiently recorded, but among such sessions is very durable. Superb songs well played with good enough sound to please your tender surf-starved ears. The Insect Surfers unique brand of surf comes alive here. Check it out!
Picks: Meteorite Shower, Third Stone, Coolangatta, Re-Entry, Electric Marlin, Bouzouki, Grunion Run, Horizon Riders, Nomad, Ursa Minor / Polaris, Silver Coast, Stingray, Vaquita, Insect Stomp, Starfish Ranch / Diamondback, Tiger Shark

Track by Track Review


Meteorite Shower dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

After all these years, "Meteorite Shower" remains an infectious tune with a strong melody. Its driven nature and optimism are very clear, as is it's textured energy. In many ways, it's as close to an The Insect Surfers signature sound as there is, with its trademark twin lead guitars. It was originally titled "Electric Dayglow Meteorite Shower."

Third Stone dotdotdotdot
Southwest Desert Surf (Instrumental)

"Third Stone" is always cool live, presenting an even bigger chemistry. It's an Insect's eye view of Jimi Hendrix's song - inspired by, but surely not derivative of Jimi's song. Totally original and bursting with dueling leads and great tension.

Coolangatta dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The wonderful charm of the liquid chords and guitar likes here are superb! "Coolangatta" pulses with power and infectious rhythm, plus some spectacular guitar tone and sustain. This is one fine track and performance!

Re-Entry dotdotdotdot
Southwest Desert Surf (Instrumental)

"Re-Entry" takes you into the west with it's saucy guitar lines and rhythms. A touch bluesy, but clearly born of the sands of the Pacific. Wonderful!

Electric Marlin dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Electric Marlin" writhes in search of glassy walls unknown, as if they are surely just around the next bend. It's a fast and powerful song, Rhythm dominated and full of guitar adventure, it's just too cool.

Bouzouki dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bouzouki" has been an Insect staple for ages. It never gets old! It combines trad Greek traditions with surf guitar and bits of "Miserlou." This performance is fiery (how else could the Insects play?).

Grunion Run dotdotdotdot
Desert Surf (Instrumental)

A high energy instrumental with many changes, speed guitar art, dribbling notes, and magnetic joy. It pulses, circulates, and splashes!

Horizon Riders dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Horizon Riders" is an infectious spaghetti western with electric psychedelic swirls. The rolling cowboy beat and Morricone-ish melody create a splendid Southwest image! The many textural changes add a sense of evolving story lines. Superb!

Nomad dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Nomad" has been in the Insect Surfers set for a long time. It evolves gradually and delicately over time. It's compelling structure and chord charm are very endearing.

Ursa Minor / Polaris
Surf (Instrumental)

The intro called "Ursa Minor" gets longer and more psychedelic as time goes by. Very liquidy and illusive. "Polaris" remains a superb bit of The Insect Surfers magic. No matter how many times I hear it, I get a very satisfied grin on my face. Sparkling, magnetic, and superb!

Silver Coast dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Silver Coast" has become a heavily effected psychedelic swirl. It's a fine example of the swirling perfection that the Insect Surfers are capable of. Gorgeous ringing tone and throbbing essence of surf.

Stingray dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Born in the earliest days of the The Insect Surfers in DC, "Stingray" has endured and grown in stature to be an essential part of the Insects' playlist. Infectious and rhythmic.

Vaquita dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a highly unusual song for the insects. It's Spanish flavor and unique rhythm take you into new territory with that magic Insect charm to keep you save. Trembling guitar, ringing chords, sweet feedback, and delicious psychedelic washes of sound.

Insect Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Once a sax lead song,"Insect Stomp" has become a guitar driven ska delight. Its infectious rhythm almost demands body movement. The guitar leads dribble off perfect notes sputtered at great speed. Bluesy, tropical, and energetic. Way cool!

Starfish Ranch / Diamondback dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Starfish Ranch" sports a very cool melody line and galloping rhythm that play nicely with your sense of the great expanses, while keeping the Pacific close at hand. Superb. It segues into the pulsing feedback laden gem "Diamondback." This song has been around for quite a while, and always pleases. Wonderful guitar lines and sultry drums.

Tiger Shark dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tiger Shark" develops a growling riff that's dangerous and compelling. The splash chords and guitar wizardry are superb.