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The Mermen - In God We Trustdotdotdotdotdot
artworkAfter what seems like an eternity since the last Mermen release, along comes In God We Trust. It's been in the works for along time in Jim Thomas' studio in Santa Cruz, and there's no doubt at all it's been worth the wait. This is totally amazing! Everything you loved about the artful psychedelic side of The Mermen is right here, and more. There's surf beneath the surface, but this is principally wonderful, visual, emotional, and sophisticated music as only they can make. Extremely powerful and consistent. Highly recommended.
Picks: One Hundred Foot Lemon, Trapeze, More Wood Less Head, There Is A Door, It Opens, Then It Is Closed, Jesus In The Sky, Apo Calypso, Righteous Punishment, Costo Knowone, Last Forever (The Current Sea)

Track by Track Review

One Hundred Foot Lemon dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This a sweeping, panoramic piece, with wonderful drums. The guitar is very spatial, and the bass perfectly written and played. "One Hundred Foot Lemon" is a major epic of drama and grandeur.

Trapeze dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"Trapeze" moves is a slow and sinewy manner toward oceanic immensity. Long sustain, haunting melody lines, and exquisite layered guitar tone. I suppose it could be bigger, but I don't know how. Glorious feedback too! This is a superb track!

More Wood Less Head dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Throbbing tremolo and liquid guitars usher sad images of the sea that are surely as good as anything they've done. Sweeping panoramas, edgy throbbing, and an evolving rock front line. The percussion and bass perfectly support the guitars. Many fine changes. Intensely emotional and playful, as well as feedback drenched.

There Is A Door, It Opens, Then It Is Closed dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"There Is A Door, It Opens, Then It Is Closed" is a lumbering psychedelic adventure in melody and illusion. many textural changes, as well as an evolving melody and arrangement, make this ever pleasing. There's drama, sophistication, and great satisfaction throughout.

Jesus In The Sky dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Spacial and moving, "Jesus In The Sky" takes a journey into reverence and mystery. The many stringed instrument parts layer lushness on a devotional masterpiece. Very impressive.

Apo Calypso dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Wonderful drums and bass throb run beneath a double picked and whammied masterpiece. many guitar parts intertwined is a masterful mix of power and thunder and glorious howls. The hair will stand up on the back or your neck! This is my favorite track on this album!

Righteous Punishment dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Dark feedback cuts through the fog as it rises from the Davy Jones' locker. The glory of feedback as art, and the panoramic splendor of the lush mix, carry you off into the distant realm of fate. Maybe that's a bit poetic and illusional, but "Righteous Punishment" is a lumbering and emotional vision of power. It evolves into a slow pounding pean mystical times. There are several places where the feedback is simply magnificent.

Costo Knowone dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Superb drums and grand layered guitars intensely portray an Indian village in the Dakotas, or at least that's what I see while listening to "Costo Knowone." Masterfully powered by bass thunder and guitar majesty. Tribal, spiritual, ghostly, and compelling.

Last Forever (The Current Sea) dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This is a big powerful rock anthem, with an optimistic melody line that will uplift you while it demands attention through it's shear power! The melody will worm its way into your head. Superb!