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The Surf Kings - 2003 Previewdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a sneak preview of the Surf Kings' next release, due out in the Spring of '03. Way to go Tom! If the rest of the tracks are anything like this, it will be amazing! Tom Stanton's writing has matured, and the musicianship is top drawer.
Picks: Spirit Of Man, Glass Bowls, Corroboree, Black Sea

Track by Track Review


Spirit Of Man dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and very moody piece with a marvelous drama in the drums and sense of deliberation in the bass, which moves under Tom Stanton's fluid guitar melody. His haunting sound depicts the "Spirit Of Man" on a longboard, gracefully cutting across a glassy left on a warm summer day. Quite nice!

Glass Bowls dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums and rumbly bass bring on a spatial and haunting song with a misty quality to it. "Glass Bowls" is very pretty and dramatic too. Like rolling thunder, it calls to coastal cliffs in the rain with stormy seas settling in below. Tom toms and grumbly bass precede a splendid and moody Tom Stanton melody, displaying grace and liquid flow. The stereo reverb on the guitar adds an atmospheric depth to "Glass Bowls" that brings it a haunting and misty power. Excellent!

Corroboree dotdotdotdotdot
Aboriginal Surf (Instrumental)

An eerie aboriginal electro whirl slowly ushers in a bit of circular breathing on a distant didjeridu. About a minute in, the bass begins to drone in time, then very cool drums, and finally at about a minute and a half, the guitar brings on a flowing tropical island melody. This is a stunning merger between island surf, holiday breezes, and tribal groove. Stunning!

Black Sea dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

No, it's not the XTC song. "Black Sea" has been in the Surf Kings's set for a long time, first surfacing on the Live At Toes cassette and the 12th Street Bar and Grille CD-R [both 1998]. "Black Sea" is a gorgeous and atmospheric song with slow tribal tom toms and a perfect bass line. This is a profoundly sad track, yet it is somehow optimistic. Beautiful. Structured slightly like Pull Of The Moon, this is haunting and magnetic.