Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Surfing Spacemen - Go To Spacedotdotdotdot
artworkThis band seems to occupy a niche somewhere between Laika and the Cosmonauts and surf. There's a good helping of that Euro sound, with a few keyboard dominated tracks, and then there are some really wet reverby well thought out surf tunes. I have listened to this numerous times in the few days following receiving it. It sticks with you. Really good. I'm very partial to "Vostok" and "Moon Is Dangerous". If you can find this, grab it. It's great!
Picks: Third Shot, North By Northwest, Short By A Million, La Galaxie Des Vedettes, Court Manor Ranch, Moon Is Dangerous, Vostok, Code Name Mozart, Mystery At the Startower Hill

Track by Track Review


Third Shot dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Countdown to surfin' space instro madness. Beautifully melodic and surfingly rhythmic. Shimmering and full of intelligent mergers of sound and style. Some of the chording is reminiscent of Richie Podolor. An excellent track.

North By Northwest dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

very pretty surf and exotic journey music hinting of adventure and sideshows. "North By Northwest" sparkles like the morning sun on crystalline surf. Very cool! Not the theme from the film.

Short By A Million dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nearly MOR, "Short By A Million" straddles the surf-Euro bridge with rich tone and playful themes. The midsection is very surfy and appealing.

La Galaxie Des Vedettes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf deluxe, delicate guitar, shallow reverb, and adventurous sounds. "La Galaxie Des Vedettes" sports optimism and sunshine. Very nice track.

Court Manor Ranch dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf and swirl, with guitar spunk and throb, and cotton candy organ. Bouncy and interesting, but a little on the odd side.

Moon Is Dangerous dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf and rock, delicately plucked, in an almost minuet structure. Very playful, and very enjoyable. It's definitely unusual, and will hold your attention. Too fun.

Vostok dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Vostok" is a richly textured and delicately plucked number with a great riff and infectious sound. Dramatic, like a Mafioso theme, yet more surfy than that might imply. Excellent, and very cool.

Code Name Mozart dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy and weirdness, spies and pockets full of hope. Surf delicately damped and echoed, delivering a fanciful melody riff. very nice track.

Mystery At the Startower Hill dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mystery At the Startower Hill" is a misty mid tempo surf tune with rich tone and an open road feel. The fine melody smoothly drifts into the sunset.