Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Spytones - Spytonesdotdotdotdot
artworkPlenty of interesting sounds here. Some songs feature engaging juxtaposition of incongruous sounds, while others are relatively "normal." Inventive at times, pretty at others, and always well thought out. Very enjoyable!
Picks: Spies In Tunisia, Spies At The Disco, Dancing At The Ding Dong, El Llanero, First Of Many Lasts, Surfing The Goldwave, Surfing Salzburg, For Lia, The Day The Surf Stood Still

Track by Track Review


Spies In Tunisia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spy riffs and surf reverb, with grumbling bass and strong drums. Parts of "Spies In Tunisia" sound inspired by Laika and the Cosmonauts' sassy "Night In Tunisia." Quite fun.

Spy vs. Spy dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Modestly paced, with a cycling guitar riff and jazzy organ. "Spy vs. Spy" seems much more like a sixties soul instro than surf or spy, which is not a bad thing. Pretty fun!

Spies At The Disco dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is extra fun, with surf guitar playing disco riffs above a disco beat. The keys ape horns at times, and the contrast between surf and mirror-ball music is interesting.

Dancing At The Ding Dong dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Suave surf guitar solo opens this exotica cruiser. The melody reminds me just a bit of "Whatever Lola Wants," but it's not really derivative. "Dancing At The Ding Dong" is a splendid instro with a saucy sound and very good arranging.

El Llanero dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Llanero" drips modern California surf. The adventurous beat is interesting, though it's the lead guitar's tone that makes this work. This slowly creeps up from mere likability opening to infectious enthusiasm.

First Of Many Lasts dotdotdot
Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

Here we have a jazzy late-nighter with excellent drums and bass. A tormented guitar howls in the background at times. The juxtaposition of styles and sounds is engaging. "First Of Many Lasts" goes through many changes. It's along song, clocking in at 6:17.

Surfing The Goldwave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A classic Bob Spickard - Brian Carman second guitar pattern supports the melody, which liberates other "Pipeline"-inspired licks as well. The ska section also is similar to some of the ska covers. It's not really "Pipeline," of course, but there are a lot of similarities. That aside, "Surfing The Goldwave" is a very cool instro.

I Wish I Were What I Am dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"I Wish I Were What I Am" is a slow number with a soothing melody. It sports a late-night foggy sound. Very nice.

Surfing Salzburg dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfing Salzburg" is a mighty cool instro with a "Take Five"-ish rhythm. It is cohesive, sports a handful of glissandos in dungeonous reverb, and has a tasteful melody. Nicely written.

For Lia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"For Lia" is a mid tempo number with haunting ambiance and a warm melody. Long flowing notes and very cool chords between lines create an attractive sound. This is a fine composition that's well arranged and mixed.

The Day The Surf Stood Still dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slightly sci-fi, influenced by black and white film, and powerful, with a widely textured sound with disparate elements that blend interestingly. Cool drums, and psychedelic weirdness as well. Excellent!