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Living Water - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkLiving Water were an eco-instro outfit of a decade ago from Seattle. There's a definite feel of the ocean here. The tracks are all long, and are structured well. The production needs work. The mix does not highlight the lead well enough, but that's not untypical of demos from studios with no surf history. This is a relatively gentle set, which allows for relaxed listening.

The way this DAT got to me is an interesting story. James Helsing once lived in Cupertino, and was a KFJC addict in the early 80's. He fondly remembers listening to the first surf special I did in '83 called Rising Surf which featured guest cohost Paul Johnson. After many moves around the country, an eternity in an LA punk band, and a false start at surf, he got a project surf band together in Seattle. He's acquainted with folk singer Jim Page, and gave him a tape, which Jim sent to me without telling James. I called the number on the tape, and left a message that I was looking for a DAT if I could get it. I explained that Jim Page was my brother, and that he had given me the tape. Well, 2 weeks and a long letter later, I get this DAT of 4 songs, 3 instros and 1 vocal, which I transferred to CD-R. Anyway, here's a thumbnail of the music from Living Water. Of the four tracks here, only "Green Flash" is a vocal.
Picks: Sects On The Beach, Persian Gulf Ecocide, Tempest

Track by Track Review


Sects On The Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing chords and moody guitar lines paint a picture of small waves lapping the shore in the moonlight. "Sects On The Beach" is a slow moving visually appealing song, held back only by drums that are too up front for the gentle nature of the song.

Persian Gulf Ecocide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a moderately pace song with a Middle Eastern feeling and the darkness of war looming. Echo and vibrato, and a heavy does of desperation. The chorus is intended to add more to the Bedouin theme, and the rhythm adds a bit of draw as well.

Tempest dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tempest" has a compelling and interesting rhythm and motion to it. It cycles through a moody melody line with a sense of distant danger and lurid appeal. Perhaps the coolest of the tracks, its mood changes and textural variations add to its attraction immeasurable. Really quite nice.