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Ramington Flashride - Ramington Flashride Presents 5ft Offshoredotdotdot
artworkThere are some interesting songs here, and some great drums too. Musically hypnotic and rhythmic more than melodic. definitely off the beaten path. The one downside is the over-compression of the music after mixdown with slow a release time that causes it to "breath" when heard on headphones or at higher volumes. That said, there are many original ideas and unusual textural blends.
Picks: Challenge Of The Matador, Travel, Within The Tides, The Overdriver, Bird's-Eye View, Welcome To Texas, Warm Breeze, Seattle Surfer Stomp (with The Incredible Cat Heads), Roadstop, See You

Track by Track Review


Challenge Of The Matador dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Tremolo shimmer and watery ripples launch "Challenge Of The Matador" in a splendid manner. The song is initially a guitar solo, but is joined by big drums and intensity. The sound is strange on headphones, but engaging on speakers.

Travel dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A relentless rhythmic riff drives "Travel" with a hypnotic pattern of crisp tones. partly harkening back to some of the seventies Krautrock textures, yet thoroughly modern, the song is compelling despite its rhythm dependence. Where melody appears, it has a Southern Rock feeling. It ends suddenly. I can't tell is this is keyboard and guitar or guitorgan-like tone, but it doesn't matter.

Within The Tides dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Spanish chords, then a slow deliberate beat drives an interesting riff. The harsh sound allows the gradual rise of the theme out in a surprisingly effective manner. Catchy in a gritty progressive rock kinda way. After a solo thrash, the drums really come it for a very rockin' finish that's the best part in my view.

The Overdriver dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Heavy riff rockin' rhythm and power, big chords, and a traveling melody line. Thick and rock dominated.

Bird's-Eye View dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

An airplane flies overhead, then a Hendrix-like chord progression and muted chops create a big sound. Modestly paced, psychedelic in nature, and very dramatic. There are liberally borrow influences from Mink Deville's "She's So Tuff" that are really cool in this context.

Welcome To Texas dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Well, I can't say this reminds me of Texas at all, but it is a bit western influenced. Rhythmic riffological coolness. Quite fun in a gritty way.

Warm Breeze dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Despite very non-surf tone and structure, the coastal imagery is abundantly clear. Tremolo lead perhaps accomplishes that. gritty and yet fluid.

Seattle Surfer Stomp (with The Incredible Cat Heads) dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Perhaps the surfiest thing here, "Seattle Surfer Stomp (with The Incredible Cat Heads)" is a delightful surf groove. Big chord whammy, muted surf rhythm, and dangerous shore break imagery. Quite interesting.

Two Steps dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Slow wah-wah, breezy imagery, psychedelic washes, and then big brash chords. I think the flow here is challenging.

Roadstop dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Muted rhythm and a cool beat, with heavy tonality and a Nektar gone surfin' feeling. "Roadstop" depends heavily on the drums and rhythm guitar, which create a voodoo tribal backwash.

See You dotdotdot
Blues Rock (Instrumental)

Bluesy and edgy, with a jammy feel and shimmering chords drenched in tremolo. "See You" started out to be so-so, but I fund myself drawn in by the drums.

Unlisted (Solo Guitar) dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

About 4 minutes into this unlisted and otherwise silent track, solo guitar comes in to deliver some engaging melody lines.