Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Surfing USSR - Surferdelicdotdotdotdot
artworkThere's nothing normal here! Not the surf influence, not the psych, and surely not the Klezmer. Inspired, demented, well developed, and loaded with juxtaposed elements that shouldn't work together, but do.
Picks: Another Glass Of Wine, Surfers Paradise, Old Sher, Rock Out, Resurrection Of The Dead, Gypsy Bulgar, Boganville, You Are What You Eat, Underage Disco, Hora and Sirba, 007 Medley, Our Torah, Knock Out, Rumanian Drinking Song, Boganville Coda, Secret Agent Man

Track by Track Review

Another Glass Of Wine dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

A moody swirl sounding like a dank cave moves slowly into "Another Glass Of Wine" as if it was a threat. Very nicely arranged for a surf whammy stereo guitar strangeness that's endearing and warm. Nice track.

Surfers Paradise dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

"Surfers Paradise" is moody and slow, like a distant danger. Subtle telemetry and static bring a sense of desperation while the danger draws ever nearer. Very interesting.

Old Sher dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

"Old Sher" is quite surfable. The melody is easily adapted to the briney, while the mood remains slightly askew of center. Tweaky noises add a sense of imbalance, completing a picture of psychedelic surf tragedy.

Rock Out dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

An oddly ambient background drones under a very low bass line and stereo melody that's decidedly Mediterranean, punctuated with semi-punkoidal thrashes between lines in some verses.

Resurrection Of The Dead dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

This is a slow and plodding number with low bass and disquieting string bending. It's moody and oddly exotic, as if the line dance were on slow motion. The break is maybe a little Insect Surfers-like.

One way to build an audience is through the "Resurrection Of The Dead." You'll get a stiff applause!

Gypsy Bulgar dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

Dissonant violin ravings and scattered guitar pecking at a barn dance... yes, it's like that. Very disturbed, but with a grin. Too fun!

Boganville dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

"Boganville" is a morose dirge with electronic telemetry. The melody is very nicely played with liquid lines that quiver and shiver. Dramatic, soulful, and compelling.

You Are What You Eat dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

The song is deliberately paved, kind of angular and distancing. Whenever I hear some starry-eyed repeater utter "You Are What You Eat," I always thought quietly to myself that they must have had too much rump roast.

Underage Disco dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

From a slow start, "Underage Disco" suddenly becomes psychedelic feedback and extreme whammy, like some refugee from Eagles Auditorium. Angular and unmelodic, like "serious" jazz requiring focus. Difficult music for the tweaky. That's just the opening. Once into the pulsing song with its playful melody, Jews harp, and silly noises, it becomes a suitably comical piece. Way fun.

Hora and Sirba dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

"Hora and Sirba" uses a sort of military cadence punctuated by weirdness and haunting sadness. It has a calming sound at times, yet is disturbed.

007 Medley dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

This is a very disturbed string of spy epics. "Goldfinger" is just demented enough to suggest that Mr. Bond was actually an escaped paranoid. "James Bond" is more straight forward, yet is just whacked out enough to retain a tweaky air. "007" is fuzzy and twisted with a sense of something not quite right. It's all too fun.

Our Torah dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

"Our Torah" is really quite surfable. The guitar mimics an airplane passing overhead. It's a bit psycho-acoustic, but also very cool.

Knock Out dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

Pompous in a fee-fi-fo-fum kinda way, flighty in a nylon string context, and fuzzified too. If Davie Allan was playing Klezmer after too much Nyquil, it would sound like this!

Rumanian Drinking Song dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

"Rumanian Drinking Song" is like an odd man out here, pretty, flowing, and very enjoyable... at least that's the party line, but soon enough, twisted fuzz guitar subtly whines to give it a disturbed feeling. Excellent.

Boganville Coda dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

Big tortured compressed guitar feedback and rolling drum drama and bass thunder... like Santana come bonkers. Wholly dark and disturbing.

Secret Agent Man dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Klezmer (Instrumental)

Phil Sloane's spy theme opens with extended and very disturbed guitar and percussion, accompanied by narrative strangeness. Once the song arrives, it much more "normal."