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artworkThese tracks are from Simon Jones' first band since the breakup of the amazing Vibrasonic. Equally bold and inventive, and following down the path created on his solo CD project Instrumentals Vol. 1, this disc displays more wonderful experimental surf. Tracks 1 through five are demos, while the last three were recorded live with his new band, the Space Agency. Some great original music here!
Picks: Galactic Guitars, Hawaiian Surf Ride, Minnies' Theme, You Make Me Nervous, High Tension, 1213 North Highland Ave, Surfers Guitar, Let's Go Eleki!

Track by Track Review


Galactic Guitars dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

A slow rise from the howl of the Theremin brings forth a throbbing psychedelic surf song with a strange, almost carnival sound. Like watching the Sci-Fi Channel at 3 AM, "Galactic Guitars" plays with your senses and your sense of here and now.

Hawaiian Surf Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

This is perhaps the most traditional surf sounds on this disc. Its melody line is just right, and the rhythm guitar very surfable. The lap steel is an interesting counter point to the powerful glissandoes. This is one impressive and original track. I gotta see this played live in the Pit one day!

Minnies' Theme dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

The flowing and almost romantic melody is well suited to a post western plains adventure. "Minnies' Theme" is a sweeping song with an interesting contrast between the melody and the rhythm.

You Make Me Nervous dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

Swirly psychedelic surf in the tradition of Vibrasonic, though perhaps more playful. "You Make Me Nervous" is a wash of sounds and reverb in a form that will make you nervous. Very cool!

High Tension dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

Throbbing like a post Link Wray surf swirler, "High Tension" is both intriguing and disquieting. The surf guitar and psych guitar are complimentary, and the melody line is appropriately half way between the genres.

1213 North Highland Ave dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

With a rhythm track much like a blend of Dick Dale's "Hodad Machine" and "Motion," and a surf jam lead, "1213 North Highland Ave" is really quite 1963! The drums play a traditional surf beat, and the sound is like at the back of the Rendezvous Ballroom. Great!

Surfers Guitar dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

A reverbed shuffling blues intro leads to shimmering vibrato melody line that's spooky and pretty. "Surfers Guitar" is moody and surfy, and features a couple of really smooth glissandoes. A fine song.

Let's Go Eleki! dotdotdotdot
Eleki Surf (Instrumental)

Reverbed and string-bendy like many an eleki masterpiece, "Let's Go Eleki!" is a fitting tribute to the Japanese art form. More twang and warble than melody, but entirely cool. The break is pure surf.