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The Plungers - Land of a Thousand Surf Guitarsdotdotdotdot
artworkAustin's Plungers play well developed and well arranged light surf instros that stay with you. These are well written and arranged surf sounds! This is in some ways like a sophisticated inversion of the Big Guitars From Texas concept, with David Bale - guitar, Dennis Meehan - guitar, Mike James - guitar, Keith Lawrence - baritone, Clovis Roblaine - bass, Carmon Lensie - 6 string bass, and Ray Wasinger's classic surf beat.
Picks: Challenged, Astronut, Mohawk, Boogie Board, The Swirl, The Deep End, Sakiyoko, Frogman, Into The Unknown, Pool Party!, Birch Lane, Twilight Drive, Unfrozen Caveman Surfer, Isle Of Skye, The Last Wave

Track by Track Review

Challenged dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The opening to this is a little on the heavy side texturally, but it drops right into a very melodic surf instro with a restrained modern edge. A took a couple of listens for this to open up, and then it simply brought satisfaction. Fluid and very friendly, with fine lead/rhythm interplay.

Astronut dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This sorta reminded me of Slacktone and Paul Johnson, without any derivative connotation implied. It's a very smooth number with varied textures verse to verse, which keeps the interest up. Whammy chords and a Sandals-like catchiness. Excellent.

Mohawk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty and original Indian motif instro. The delicacy of "Mohawk" is its dominant feature, and it's quite powerful in a subtle way.

Boogie Board dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Duel note plucking fronts this fanciful number. It's strictly fun, with an innocent whammy and liquid flow. Very cool track.

The Swirl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The syncopation here is quite magnetic. Exceptionally fine arranging makes this hard to ignore. Precision picking, emotional flow, and simple pure salt water action. Excellent.

The Deep End dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

No water wings required at "The Deep End" of the pool. Mid tempo delicate twin note runs and distant drama, with a kinda tide pool surf sensibility. Damn fine tune, especially when it rises to rock status midstream, followed by a long whammy chord and up glissando duet. Very cool!

Sakiyoko dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Delicato deluxe... "Sakiyoko" is like a soft rock Euro inversion of "Sukiyaki" without the cheese. Quite pretty.

Frogman dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dramatic and richly textured, "Frogman" employs double picked riffs and real fine surf runs. More than catchy, it's satisfying and fluid.

Into The Unknown dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Into The Unknown" is a softish spooky song with a very delicate melody played really well. The shimmer of the vibrato adds a nice touch to this lush and scenic piece.

Pool Party! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With the Fireballs in mind, "Pool Party!" is just plain plucky surf fun. Almost classical, it circulates complex riffs and evolving rhythms. Sophisticated and inviting.

Birch Lane dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrato shimmer and moody fall colors permeate "Birch Lane." Verging on MOR, yet not at all slushy. This is a very nice track.

Twilight Drive dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A glissando opens to a Ventures-like track with simple magnetism and a bouncy rhythm. Quite nice.

Unfrozen Caveman Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Unfrozen Caveman Surfer" is a great title for this semi-grodie damped reverb rhythm surfer. Really catchy rhythm guitar work, and the "Smoke On The Water" riffs are pretty cool too! Terry 'Buffalo' Ware plays on this track.

Isle Of Skye dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Minuets come to mind as "Isle Of Skye" begins. Excellent surf for a tux and tails affair. Les Baronics come tom mind here, though it's much more North American sounding.

The Last Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fitting title for the closeout song. Rich whammy and liquid guitar lines in a moody setting, with glissandos and an adventurous melody line. Warm and richly textured.