Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Neptunes - People Of Earth, We Are The Neptunesdotdotdotdot
artworkBoy howdy! The promise of the Neptunes' earlier demo has been surpassed! This is an excellent disc, with wonderful tunes, lots of powerful infectious energy, and rapidly developed maturity. Highly recommended crunchy surf from landlocked Fresno.
Picks: Hannah, Cement Shoes, Wildcat 325, Beguiled, Spaghetti Luau, Iron Lung, Talking To Trees, Supercell, Gemini, Dance Of The Moorish Idol, On To Io, In From The Cold, My Dark Dream, Raizilla!, The Outsider, I Walk Alone

Track by Track Review

Hannah dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A heavy "Squad Car" drum beat and a plucky whammified lead line coolly intertwine. The playful melody line is well counter balanced by the bass. Quite infectious.

Cement Shoes dotdotdotdot
Crunchy Surf (Instrumental)

Crunchy surf tune with an infectious melody line. Dry guitars. Very cool listening.

Wildcat 325 dotdotdot
Crunchy Surf (Instrumental)

Crunchy surf, infectious melody line, dry guitars, ominous.

Beguiled dotdotdotdot
Suave Surf (Instrumental)

Surfified suave with twang and glimmer. "Beguiled" is warm, and very enjoyable. More than just a good idea, it's the law.

Spaghetti Luau dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With extra sausage, this attitudinal number has a hint of pasta in it's core, but on the surface, it's just plain grindy wham. Speedy double picked lines and an almost silly little riff that just sticks in your mind like the commercial you don't wanna remember. Excellent.

Iron Lung dotdotdotdot
Heavy Surf (Instrumental)

Extra heavy surf, storm threatening coast pounder stinging whammy, and an intense sound. Melodic and tribal, dangerous and piercing.

Talking To Trees dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fluid misty morning redwood grove surf, with a very pretty melody and lots of style. There's a classic feel to the melody line, almost like some of the Sandals early material. This is an excellent track, no doubt about it.

Supercell dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From supercells drop tornadoes. This echoed plucky number is menacing yet somewhat playful. Must be 'cause the storm cloud is at a safe distance in someone else's neighborhood.

Gemini dotdotdotdot
Plucky Surf (Instrumental)

Glissandoes open and the tune is quite cool. A bit of Nashville and delayed notes. Plucky and memorable.

Dance Of The Moorish Idol dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dance Of The Moorish Idol" is suave and displays the Moors in a tribal light, playful and carefree. A well written number. It's big and epic in a sweeping emotional way. Very cool!

On To Io dotdotdotdot
New Frontier Surf (Instrumental)

As moons go, Io must be a great place to surf, since this fine track sports such a solid surf feel. Picturesque melodic adventurous surf for the new frontier.

In From The Cold dotdotdot
Strolling Surf (Instrumental)

The Silencers' vibrato shimmer masterpiece is reinterpreted for the Central Valley. Strolling down the walkway of life, with Link Wray just ahead. Lumbering coolness.

My Dark Dream dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mean, almost like a Link Wray thing, with menacing dark tone. Dramatic, enticing, whammified, and approaching evil. Deliberately paced, with metronomic drum precision, and thundering bass. Mighty fine track.

Raizilla! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Playful island images, swimming whammy, melodic verandah moods, and a bottle of Pacifico to ward off any notion of work.

The Outsider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark crunchy and dangerous, like the thin black line that grows behind you to become a major tube, a line that will pulverize you into the sand at the bottom if you don't heed the warning and take off at the right time.

I Walk Alone dotdotdot
Crunch Surf (Instrumental)

Slowish, stinging, melodic twango, with a solid power and a pretty feel. Yep, both mean and pretty cohabit this interesting number.