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Surfadelica - Surfing On The Desertshoredotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a magnificent album of superb music. Surfadelica sound much as you might imagine from their name. Their music is a superb blend of psych and surf with extremely good arrangements and excellent writing and playing. I put this into my CD player and it stayed there through an entire week of commuting. Highly recommended!
Picks: Surf Me To The Moons Of Saturn, Freakin' Out Surfin' In, Flowing Through The Purple Sea, Roswell, Falling Into The Heart Of The Sun, Quasimoto, Questionable Navigation, Nobody's Fault, Levitation, View From The Plateau, Overdrive Over Time

Track by Track Review


Surf Me To The Moons Of Saturn dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Shimmering guitar throb brings forth a rhythmic number with a rock rhythm and a partially Egyptian melody. While the lead would be better served more up front, this track shows promise and a surf-rock instro. Its darkness and thick ambiance create a mean underbelly that portrays a sense of little hope, while the melody is exotic and light hearted. The contrast is very interesting. Also called "Take Me To The Moons Of Saturn."

Freakin' Out Surfin' In dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a splendid track with a moody melody line and a vision verging on fatalistic. Rich textures enhance the blend of surf and psych that is Surfadelica. Glissandos, layered guitars, and a sense of travel that makes "Freakin' Out Surfin' In" really cool on the road.

Flowing Through The Purple Sea dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The pulsing chords that open "Flowing Through The Purple Sea" hint at dark danger. The melody line carries you forward. This is a fine track with a solid melody that's very well written. The arrangement is adventurous, with plenty of changes. Very cool!

Roswell dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The whammy chords are road worthy and the structure classic rock, but with an aquatic underbelly. "Roswell" is an instrumental that's easy to get along with.

Falling Into The Heart Of The Sun dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

In the angularity of the guitar interplay lies tension that keeps you focused. "Falling Into The Heart Of The Sun" features two distinctly interdependent but very different guitar roles, which are augmented by great drums and the kind of essential bass that ties it together so well that you don't consciously realize it's there.

Quasimoto dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Shimmering tremolo, ringing chords, and a moody melody riff are perfectly mated with understated drums and bass. The sense of ensemble here is exquisite. "Quasimoto" is a grand song.

Questionable Navigation dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The often adventurous Surfadelica play a stereo-rhythm number with a bit of a brooding melody line. "Questionable Navigation" is not a reverb fest by any stretch, nor even double picked, yet it sure does project a coastal vision of riders on dark stormy walls. Excellent!

Nobody's Fault dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A distant guitar plays sadly to introduce "Nobody's Fault," which quickly gets a tuff edge and heavily textured tone. The guitar distortion here suggests early dark metal psych, while the melodic component is all about water in motion.

Levitation dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Softly ringing chords balance against tremolo shimmered chords as a very mysterious melody comes in. The melody and structure remind some of "Fear The Future" (Amino Acids). This is a hair raising experience, full of drama and risk.

View From The Plateau dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Gentle guitars begins this smooth song, but it doesn't remain soft for long. Its mid tempo pace and guitar distortion give it a liquidy rock edge. "View From The Plateau" sports some great drum moments, and has an open space feel to it. The long sustained notes are haunting.

Overdrive Over Time dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Overdrive Over Time" has a bit of a funky beginning, which is transmuted into liquid psych via the long whammy sustain. There's an almost galloping beat, and the kind sense of unrestricted desert that the Insect Surfers are so good at. This is a great track!