Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The SunMakers - Viens Twister Ce Soirdotdotdot
artworkFive surf instros grace this mono album in mid-fi sound. The richness of the session performances is held back by the audio, and the frequent use of the same manic laughter gets a little old. That said, there are some very nice tunes here that are likely very fun live.
Picks: Le Rail Du Jugement Dernier, Welcome To The Surfin' Horror Show, Spanish Surf, Jimmy's Hawaiian Sword Part II

Track by Track Review


Le Rail Du Jugement Dernier dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Le Rail Du Jugement Dernier" sparkles with optimism via its circulating riff. The melody line is friendly, and the tremolo throb an tom toms in the break are very cool.

Waiia
Surf (Instrumental)

With some obvious influences from The Surfaris' "Surfer Joe," ""Waiia" is a partly traditional number with fanciful female squeaks. More jammy than melodic, and at times bordering on gimmicky. I'll pass.

Welcome To The Surfin' Horror Show dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Throbbing tremolo and dungeonous imagery provide a platform for this fun-scary number. "Welcome To The Surfin' Horror Show" does sport goofy laughs and chortles, but the guitar shimmer-throb is the main feature. I wasn't sure about this at first, but ended up enjoying it a lot.

Spanish Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The playful rhythm and splash provide a great platform for the melody. I'm not sure why the title, but "Spanish Surf" is chunky-splashy with tremolo and dribbled double picking.

Jimmy's Hawaiian Sword Part II dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the riffy side, with some interesting lines, and manic laughs punctuated by tremolo throb, "Jimmy's Hawaiian Sword Part II" verges on great. It's a little busy, and the laugh is getting to be overused.