Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The San Andreas Fault - Encantada EPdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a disc of surf based seriously scenic music that seems ripe for film score adaptation. Miles from traditinal surf, yet still displaying its roots between the lines. Moody and very visual music from the San Andreas Fault.
Picks: Encantada, Fault Herald, Maestro's Gone, Splinterlude, Go Sleepy, Bags Unlimited, Sympatico, Untitled

Track by Track Review


Encantada dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Long ringing chords play out beneath an sadly optimistic low-E melody in this slow and moody piece. "Encantada" sports dramatic drums and softly lowdown bass. Midway through, there's a mid tempo scene that settles right back into the main theme. This is quite a fine track.

Fault Herald dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A discordant grumble moves moodily beneath "Fault Herald," which has a kind of Canadian instro rock feel to it, like Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.

Maestro's Gone dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrating with stereo nervousness, a vibrato guitar oozes scarily in support of a slow and moody melody that's very dramatic. The writing is very late fifties film score stylistically, and the arrangement is thick and plodding, with a lot of European sadness to it.

Splinterlude dotdotdot
Scene (Instrumental)

A sampled voice interludes over vibes and moody scene sounds. Yes, it's definitely titled correctly.

Go Sleepy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Go Sleepy" sports beautifully throbbing vibrato guitar chords offset by dry guitar chords and soft bass and brushed drums. Above it all is a moody lead guitar line. This slow moving song is very pretty, and very effective. It grows on you.

Bags Unlimited dotdotdot
Lounge Surf (Instrumental)

More interludinal tweakery and vibes present a more musical track, with a fine surf guitar to offset the lounginess. Short, and smooth.

Sympatico dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

String bending island vacation scenes and moody, almost Aqua Velvets-like melodies run a game of tourist delight on you. Very interesting, and on the strange side too.

Untitled dotdotdotdot
Film Surf (Instrumental)

This is a relentlessly scenic and moody piece with a longing for a film to be in. Dramatic and mysterious, dark and yet not depressing. This unlisted 9th track comes after a short vocal version of "Sympatico" with 10-1/2 minutes of silence at its end.