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The Silicon - Desert Stormdotdotdotdot
artworkDesert Storm is a very consistently good album of modern surf rock. High caliber writing and arranging, excellent performances, and plenty of evolution with each song to keep you hooked. The Silicon are a very cool band from Belarus!
Picks: Angry Surf, Hello, Astronaut!, Back To Mexico, Till Third Roosters Time, Desert Storm, Beer Song, At The Edge Of Infinity, Marine Hymn, Anthem Sea, Dark Horse, Amazing Trip, Surf Medley (Hava Nagila, Caravan, Miserlou), Star The Tramp

Track by Track Review

Angry Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Heavy twang with long sustain and gritty tone delivers exactly what the title calls for. It's a little riffy, but "Angry Surf" is very powerful and commanding. Watch your back!

Hello, Astronaut! dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Hello, Astronaut!" is very gritty and loud, and based purely in rock instro. Long sustain at times, and heavy drums and bass. The tremolo throb and double picking in the break is angry and shortboard dangerous at a longboard pace.

Back To Mexico dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Bending strings and delicate double picking opens "Back To Mexico." The drums are really nice, as is the beautifully smooth bass s they back what is partly lovely and partly soaring. Sadness, long echo sustained guitar, and rock textures.

Till Third Roosters Time dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Occasional additional guitar parts add space to this rock instro. The bass line is really cool in the bridges as that chords stretch out. Double picked verses give the song surf credentials.

Desert Storm dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The rhythm section is interesting here, and the glissandos up and back down very modern surf. Dark, adventurous, and ominous. Lost of originality in the arrangement, and excellent playing all around.

Beer Song dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

An ode to the glassy suds isn't really very alcoholic, but it is very cool. A few liberated lines, splashy glissando slither, rolling drums and bass, and plenty of changes. The changes, the psychedelic string slides, and the consistent quality make "Beer Song" a really fine track.

At The Edge Of Infinity dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Slow psychedelic funk wah wah meanderings and an engaging riff, plus gentle surf chords and crisp drums with very complimentary bass thumping combine to create an interesting and satisfying track. I like all the changes.

Marine Hymn dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Lovely ethereal reverb washes over gentle solo island guitar with Peter Green-ish phrasing. "Marine Hymn" segues into "Anthem Sea."

Anthem Sea dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The beat, bass and guitar sync verses have a military feel to them, which also bring a crisp and unusual chop appeal. The break features playful psychedelic tape echo with superb pulsing bass lines and wonderful drums. "Anthem Sea" really sneaks up on you. About half way through, you realize how much it has taken you in.

Dark Horse dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Dark Horse" is an easy gentle track with light tone and a very nice melody. It has a haunting sound. Eventually, it rises in volume and intensity to soar, but drops back into that exquisite floating universe where it began.

Amazing Trip dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a traveling song with a tasteful melody and gritty sound, except for the very pretty chords that provides the bridges. Strong drums and pulsing bass provide backing. The double picked verses are very cool.

Surf Medley (Hava Nagila, Caravan, Miserlou) dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Three classics are surf-thrashed with aggression and volume. "Hava Nagila" is more or less born of Dick Dale's rendering, but is evolved substantially from there. "Caravan" features great drums and guitar out front. "Miserlou" is a gritty Dick Dale arrangement. Throughout, the bass does exactly as it should, and without it, there would be holes in the arrangement. One of the better medleys on disc.

Star The Tramp dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Haunted guitar, lagoons lit by the moon, foggy echo, jazzy edges. A lovely solo guitar track.