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Annot Rhul - The Annot Rhul Surf Experiencedotdotdot
artworkAnnot Rhul sent this 6 song CD-R of songs recorded in September of 2002. It's an interesting mix of surf and western and space. The mixes place the drums hard left and the lead guitar hard right, a move that's not as comlimentary to the music as it deserves in my opinion. It does create a kind of period feel. The songs obviously are the result of a large amount of work and time.
Picks: Traktor, It Takes Two To Tango, Shootout!, Annot Rhul, White Horse, Life's At Another Place

Track by Track Review


Traktor dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rock chord progression and organ lead the way in this riff romp. Much more like frat rock than any brand of surf, and without a real melody, "Traktor" is nonetheless fun and exhilarating. In the last minute of the song, surf guitar arrives to save the day.

It Takes Two To Tango dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slowly moving, somewhat tweaky spy inspired, and sinewy cool, "It Takes Two To Tango" features exotic percussion and the shimmer of vibrato. Very enjoyable.

Shootout! dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Shootout!" is a marvelous song with shimmering surf chords and a melody that's both spaghetti western and tropical. Very pretty and moody, dripping with surf coolness, and quite engaging.

Annot Rhul dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aggressive surf rushes through the break like a shortboard cutting through the turmoil of white water after that last cutback. Spunky and fun.

White Horse dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The shimmer of vibrato calls up images of western scenes. The melody is sad and spatial, and the rhythm semi military. Structurally, "White Horse" reminds me a little of the Hellbenders. Nice track.

Life's At Another Place dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moody and a little uneasy, "Life's At Another Place" is a sad and moody piece with a sense of loss about it. The eerie sound of the haunted keys adds a space rock edge and ghostly chill, while the relentless nature of the progression creates a space scene. If Hawkwind's softer instro swirls were mixed with the Southwest and surf, it might end up like this.