Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Matt Rae - Twang!dotdotdot
artworkAs a surf CD, this is just barely related. As a country CD, this is quite cool. 12 instros with the guitar in the spotlight and the soul and blues not too far off. I really like this despite its dry land orientation.
Picks: Road Rage, Harmambo, Floatin', Surf Wrangler, Remington Ride, Almost Home, Albert, Sugarfoot Rag, Tele Savales, The Cottage, Tele-Thrasher, Sonic Blue

Track by Track Review


Road Rage dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Cowboy twango, pickups on back roads, bootleggers in Fords, and no one is being nice. "Road Rage" is an infectious and very bouncy country track that's just not shy about its bright outlook.

Harmambo dotdotdot
Mambo (Instrumental)

Slinky mambo soul, jazz for the slither in you... "Harmambo" is a fun track, though it seems to me to be just bit too deliberate.

Floatin' dotdotdot
Surf Blues (Instrumental)

"Floatin'" is a long drink of water on a calm sea. Bluesy, yet aquatic. It's a very soothing track without being a backdrop. The atmospherics of the mix give it a very spacious sound.

Surf Wrangler dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

Moving in a ghostly wash from the silence, "Surf Wrangler" becomes a surfish country song with a haunting sound and gentle flow. It's like a fog that slows the light without darkening the day. Misty, moody, and soothing.

Remington Ride dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Great bouncing twango, what's this. If ever you heard the amazing Buzzy Frets and his Surfabilly Orchestra, you would immediately get "Remington Ride." The twang and undulation of the song are entirely infectious. make you wanna ride out to the country for a picnic!

Almost Home dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

"Almost Home" is a soft journey from sadness to cautious optimism. Beautiful, lush, and quite pleasant.

Albert dotdotdot
Country Funk (Instrumental)

If ever there was such a thing as country funk, this would be it. maybe a little like Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, "Albert" undulates and tweaks with a hybrid soul.

Sugarfoot Rag dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

The classic Vaughn Horton / Hank Garland song is simply fun. Very nicely done, and worth the price of admission.

Tele Savales dotdotdot
Big Country Twang (Instrumental)

I never would have thought of Tele Savales as a country boy, but if he was, he'd probably look like this sounds. Pumpin' groovin' country charm and a bit of quirky edge too.

The Cottage dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

"The Cottage" is simply a charming bit of country fluff... The kind of thing where the musicians are a-grinnin' and a-pluckin' just for themselves. Daddy's on the gitter and Grandpa's on the jug, and there's gingham everywhere.

Tele-Thrasher dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Tele-Thrasher" takes quite a turn off the row plowed so far. A great bass line, cool percussion, jazzy guitar lines, and a sound that's perhaps a little reminiscent of Nektar or Epitaph, or maybe even Wig Wam.

Sonic Blue dotdotdot
Blue Jazz (Instrumental)

The CD ends with a slowish and moody blues in a slightly jazz setting. More or less traditional electric blues based, "Sonic Blue" seems to be all about the soul of the late night.