Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Manatees - 12/02/01 Final Mix Referencedotdotdotdot
artworkFive new tracks towards the Manatees next CD, mixed very recently and sounding like they have their wit and humor right next to their reverb. Cool stuff to come.
Picks: Hog Daddy, Clepsydra, Iguana Moon, Invasion, Beyond The Wave

Track by Track Review

Hog Daddy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Really chumpy-chunky rhythm dominated riff rockin' reverborama. Not melodic, but at times, really infectious. It's kinda low brow surf with humor. The double picked mid section is very smooth and enticing.

Clepsydra dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering grace precedes and semi-aggressive whammy enhanced rhythmic piece with a sense of an open road surfari to a secret spot. The opening hints of "A Taste Of Honey," but alas the song is entirely different. Quite cool.

Iguana Moon dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

To paraphrase Donovan, dig the liquid slowness! Lumbering and delicate, liquid reverb and a deluxe Spanish underpinning, woven into a grin-inducing track that's sure to please. Very suave, with shimmering vibrato and great drums.

Invasion dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ugly feedback and distortion drive the guitar, which plays with a sort of inverted Davie Allan sound. Dirty, yet friendly. Bass and drums syncopation gives it a robotic feel. The quiet and delicate middle is like a minuet for re-envisioning "Mathilda."

Beyond The Wave dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ah, that silky theremin and damped reverb guitar... this is liquid weirdness with real appeal. Twisted whammy, disturbed howls, and handclaps from the inmates... quite a trip. One wonders if it's alien worlds that lie just "Beyond The Wave." Structurally and aurally, it reminds me of Hawkwind's ominous howl. Entirely too cool!