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The Reckless Reefers - Over The Edgedotdotdot
artworkWhile most everyone else is taking surf faster and more powerful, the Reckless Reefers are playing mostly slower and romantic surf instros. Some nice tracks here.
Picks: Riff Tide, Ankle Snapper, Wet Feet, Step Into The Liquid, Lahawa Moonlight, Sandcrawler, Beach Break, Surfer Girl, Invasion Of The Hodads, Long Walk Off A Short Pier, Throwspray, Sleep Walk, Paddlin' Out

Track by Track Review


Riff Tide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Riff Tide" is a softly flowing song with a melody line reminiscent in part to a short section of "Hawaii Five-0." Deep tone, melodic, pretty, and accented with island chords. Quite nice.

Ankle Snapper dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ankle Snapper" is a snappy little song with interesting hook-chords and "Wipe Out" drums. Very simple, but pleasing.

Wet Feet dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wet Feet" is a little like a toned down "Let's Go" (Routers), but with island chords and a gentler, more relaxed sound. Quite a nice track!

Step Into The Liquid dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This instro is moody and slow, with a very inviting sound. haunting chords, a very tasteful melody line that uses space well, and a smooth rhythm section. "Step Into The Liquid" is quite a fine track, with solid writing and arranging. Very nice!

Lahawa Moonlight dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Lahawa Moonlight" is a very slow and pretty song of island evenings and romance. Lush and moving, with a haunting ambiance.

Sandcrawler dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sandcrawler" moves slowly with intriguing island drums. It's exotic and mysterious, and very enticing. The drums are quite good, and the overall effect of the song is pleasure.

Beach Break dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very simple riff based song gets a lift via well timed delay on the guitar that causes the vibratoed notes to throb side to side. In some ways, "Beach Break" is like early Beach Boys instros.

Surfer Girl dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Taking the Beach Boys' teen romance ballad one step further, the Reckless Reefers play "Surfer Girl" slow and silky, as if it was "Sleep Walk."

Invasion Of The Hodads dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another song reminiscent of Beach Boys instros, "Invasion Of The Hodads" is a riff based song with a surf rhythm guitar. The hodads are coming, and they brought their boom box.

Long Walk Off A Short Pier dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This riffabilly song is bouncy and fun, with a fifties sense and reverb. Purely fun, and more about the progression than melody, but still enjoyable.

Throwspray dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Throwspray" is a faster song, with some cool damped lines a la Jim Waller. Fun and unpretentious.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very pleasant version of "Sleep Walk." Nothing unusual or particularly creative, just very nice to hear.

Paddlin' Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Paddlin' Out" has a bit of an off beat sound to it, unusual in structure, and combining elements that might at first seem incompatible, but in the end, create an intriguing and simple song. Great drums.