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The Jim Lindseys - Sink Or Swimdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is issue number two for the Jim Lindseys. Where Rebel On A Wave was more desert than surf, Sink Or Swim brings more of a refined surf sound to the fore. More excellent writing and gently sophisticated arranging makes this a unique sidebar to the main stream surf genre. While you can play this for your grandmother's birthday party, and it would fit easily on a rainy day soundtrack, it's also very enjoyable in it's own right. Some tropical percussion and lots of moody scenes make for some pretty cool music.
Picks: Out To Sea, Sink Or Swim, Monastery Life, Tropical Storm, Man In The Street, Desert Garage, True Love Ways, The Amazings

Track by Track Review


Out To Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Soothing would be the watchword for "Out To Sea." It features a delicate damped beat with a simple longing and ghostly guitar line that floats on a sea of softly thumping rhythm. The whistles and vocal chorus add an air of adventure in the film score sense. More like a backdrop to the end of a satisfying coastal day than a central focus, and very enjoyable.

Sink Or Swim dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sink Or Swim" is an intriguing track with low-E double picked guitar lines over a relentless beat, and interesting post prog arranging. Surf and drama, a spooky out of genre rhythm track, and a moody sense of the swells. Cool song.

Monastery Life dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The floating melody line and delicately dribbling double picked accents, along with the long sustained notes, create a sense of rock at the coast, and the harmonies add a gentile feel to "Monastery Life." Quite nice!

Tropical Storm dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The wind rises as the beat commences, and then the haunted guitar calls for the rain and blustering wind that sways the palms. "Tropical Storm" is quite an interesting track, very visual and spooky.

Man In The Street dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Haunted vibrato and silky bass lines, gentle drums and the shimmer of a summer rain at Sunset Beach. "Man In The Street" is quite beautiful, with a relaxed and easy flowing feel to it. Most unusual!

Desert Garage dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The voice whines ."..I'm late for my job at the desert garage" to introduce "Desert Garage." It's a nicely done track that's more about Arizona than the coast. A little edgy, with nice drum work.

True Love Ways dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Buddy Holly's first gushy love song "True Love Ways" is a suave vehicle for the Jim Lindseys. It's done in a gently tropical way that's both soothing and acceptable in the most sophisticated and easily upset environment, yet retains its credentials like some of Duane Eddy's work.

The Amazings dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a backtrack like a softened "Surfin' Ghost" (Malibooz), this vibratoed song flows with a polish and tropical inversion. "The Amazings" is quite enjoyable, with cool percussion and longing aural sensibilities.