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Surfadelica - Search And Not Destroydotdotdotdotdot
artworkSearch And Not Destroy is a spectacular album. If you have any interest at all in the surf and psych blends that have grown out of late nineties, this will surely please. Superb writing and arranging. Surfadelica are a trio, but in studio, Carlos Nishimiya arranges for three guitars, and pays all guitar parts. The result is a full and compelling sound. Superb!
Picks: Space Age Surfin' Love Song, Surfer's Paradise, Destination Unknown, Lurking Behind The Asteroids, Trying To Get Back Home, For Tomorrow, Landscape I (Ice Cold Weather), Wavelength, The Limits Of Time And Space, Midnight Lightning, Morning Glass

Track by Track Review


Space Age Surfin' Love Song dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

A very nice chord progression laid out on two guitars evolves into a textured three guitar soundscape. The melody of this mid tempo song is scenic more than pretty, presenting an a feeling of slightly sad optimism. A few glissandos give "Space Age Surfin' Love Song" a bit of surf edge.

Surfer's Paradise dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

The textures of "Surfer's Paradise" say rock instro, while the whammy and chords say surf. At mid pace, the song flows nicely across a slightly gloomy soundscape, but project some optimism. This is a very nice track.

Destination Unknown dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Two guitars play the lead melody in tandem while a third carries rhythm with bass and drums. The melody is really nice, and the distortion just edgy enough to avoid the pretty label. "Destination Unknown" is an engaging track.

Lurking Behind The Asteroids dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Very cool chord patterns run beneath a moody melody. "Lurking Behind The Asteroids" is a slow song with a simply lovely sound. Three guitars, bass and drums perfectly arranged to maximize the exceptional song. Psychedelia and surf cohabit the song in very effective blends of old and new. Superb!

Trying To Get Back Home dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"Trying To Get Back Home" is a bit sad, but with an open expanse ahead kind of relief just over the horizon. It's a very nice track, with lovely whammy and chords, and some splendid arranging. The chord patterns are slightly suggestive of Epitaph's "Outside The Law" at times.

For Tomorrow dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This is a mid tempo rocker, with glissandos and modern, sad melody that flies on the winds. "For Tomorrow" portrays a psychedelic journey through an open landscape.

Landscape I (Ice Cold Weather) dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"Landscape I (Ice Cold Weather)" is very aptly titled. The music presents a gently painted a picture of an open field in cold weather, perhaps just after the rain has stopped. Two acoustic guitars, and a gentle lead electric. Beautiful!

Wavelength dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This is a splendid song with flowing melody lines, excellent interplay between the three guitar parts, and solid bass and drums. Scenic, moving, and engaging. While "Wavelength" is not The Insect Surfers' ' song, it does interestingly enough have similarities to the way Dave Arnson writes and arranges.

The Limits Of Time And Space dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

On the crunchy side, "The Limits Of Time And Space" flows nicely in a three guitar orchestration over a perfect bass and drums bed. A real sense of travel and epic adventure, with glissandos and tom toms.

Midnight Lightning dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Way cool chop chord rhythms and panoramics, with rockin' drums and bass. "Midnight Lightning" has a very tasteful melody line, but it's the three guitar compliment that is most attractive. Great driving music!

Morning Glass dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

One might expect a slow and glassy instro from the title, but it's more rock than that. Bordering on ballroom psych at times, "Morning Glass" is crunchy and catchy. The arrangement is very effective.