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9th Wave - Time Tunneldotdotdot
artworkAfter a bit of a wait, the 9th Wave CD is finally here. There are some good performances and writing here on 10 instros spiced with 3 vocals. If ever there was an album that would benefit from a remix, this is it. There are some fine songs which are are held back by the guitar being low in the mix and the organ too prominent.
Picks: Time Tunnel, Last Of The V8's, Fueled For Surf, Surf On The Nile, Ridin' The Chop, Speed Zone, Creepy Crawler, Point Judith, Atlantic Surfer, Tequila Sweat

Track by Track Review

Time Tunnel dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Time Tunnel" features an interesting lead guitar line, and it is supported by an appropriate organ line, as well as a good arrangement. The performance pulses with energy, but the mix is not complimentary to the song.

Last Of The V8's dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums and a long proud glissando open "Last Of The V8's." The power potential of the lead line is not fully realized due to the mix. There's so much energy in the performance that it overcomes the aural issues.

Fueled For Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A long way from the surf idiom in style and melody, but with reverb guitar. The swirling organ and mid sixties light-psych structure, together with the bouncy energy of the performance, give "Fueled For Surf" a catchy lightweight fluidity. Nice track. In the words of the band: "written with the true spirit of playing surf music shows with friends, fans and fellow surf brothers / sisters musicians (Big Ray, Balboas, Swiv-O-Matics, Coffin Daggers, Gein and the Grave Robbers, Atomic Mosquitos, Colonel Klink and so on)."

Surf On The Nile dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent tribal drums, pulsing bass, and haunting flute, with a mystical guitar line. Middle Eastern, yet western too. "Surf On The Nile" is a very nice song.

Ridin' The Chop dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ridin' The Chop" is the most surfable track here, with raging drums and a splashy progression. The combo sound and speedy double picking are very cool. The thump of the kick drum is annoyingly demo sounding. The band says: "a fast ride surf / hotrod tune, 2 guitar attack, fast drums and high energy."

Speed Zone dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast and furious, with a hot guitar line that's a little too low in the mix, and great drums and bass. The energy comes through. A fine melody line.

Creepy Crawler dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool twangy whammy chords bring out the surfability of this riff dominated track. It's a slightly sludgy groover with horror scenery and liquid guitar playing. Nice track. Again, from the band: "spook surf, B Horror Movie, sci-fi, Zombie-fi, guitar and Farfisa Organ driven tune."

Point Judith dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Point Judith" is a slower song with an interesting riff and subtle energy. Kinda haunting, a little mysterious, and enjoyable.

Atlantic Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I suppose the surf is different on the Atlantic shores, or at least it would seem so here. Trad underpinnings and colonial constructs with reverb and flair. Nice track.

Tequila Sweat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Again opening with great drums, "Tequila Sweat" has some nice stereo chordage, perhaps too prominent, but effective none the less. The lead guitar line is sad and very cool. It's a great piece of writing that conjures foggy scenes. The flute adds a bit of mystery to the track. Excellent!