Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Potato Stamp - Hilit-F1dotdotdot
artworkPotato Stamp are a minimalist instrumental outfit from Austin, Texas. This isn't surf per say, but there are certainly elements of it. There are some courageous ideas here, from the minimalist low brow approach to the muddy sound. I found this curiously engaging, and a lot more interesting than the archival material.
Picks: Sundown, Herman, To Dream

Track by Track Review


Boogieman dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

leaning ever so gently on "Walk Don't Run" and "The Munsters Theme," this low brow song defines minimalist with a grin. Dirty guitar and dark moods.

Sundown dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is particularly interesting, partly because it has very nice sections, and because they are juxtaposed to more angular and dark verses. Lovely chords and tribal drums flow through the first half of "Sundown," while dangerous chords dominate the second half.

Breakaway dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Breakaway" is made up of trashy chords and basic drums. It's centered around a progression, but has a moody flow to it.

Herman dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There are a variety of guitar lines with a few textural changes that make "Herman" an interesting track. It's not really melodic, but it flows very well within the confines of the structure. I was surprised at how much I liked this track.

Catchy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This take of "Catchy" is grittier than the archive version. The dark chords and pounding drums power through the progression.

Strap dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big and loud and down right menacing, the stark arrangement of "Strap" has a shortboard underbelly and a fuzz mongers' face.

To Dream dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"To Dream" borders on pretty, though the guitar is very low in the mix. There's something charming about this track - it's very sparse, but it has a very nice melody progression and an ominous grit.

Blue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a chop chord metal menace kind of instro. Raw progressions, a bit of thrash, and lots of edge.