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The Surf Lords - Voodoo Surf Feverdotdotdotdot
artworkMy oh my! The Surf Lords have really done it. Voodoo Surf Fever is a thoroughly original and very spooky release that you simply have to hear. It's not trad at all, and there are many non-surf ways to look at this release, but it has so much surfability that it's just not possible to pass it by. Superb!
Picks: Oaxacan Rain, Rincon Bop, Pali Gap, Voices Carry, Lost In The Bayou, Rock On, Push It - Guajira, Capetown, Echoes From Neptune - Shenandoah, Wicked Game, Ghost Surfer

Track by Track Review

Oaxacan Rain dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moody bass line brings on delicate stereo plucking, creating a sense of rain on the surf. A darker takes over as the song unfolds. Slightly demented whammy adds danger to the tribal mist. What starts as a delightful cycle, becomes what you'll think is an odd number, but will soon enough turn into a compelling track that won't let go. Wow!

Rincon Bop dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Introduced by a few sung lines, "Rincon Bop" runs an instro melange that includes blues, jams, lovely surf lines, and infectious rhythm. Quite a nice blend of ideas and tone.

Pali Gap dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jimi Hendrix' "Pali Gap" is slowed way down into a silky swirl of liquid joy. Bluesy, exotic, surfy, whammified, and very cool! It's stuff like this that makes it clear that Jimi worried about the loss of surf.

Voices Carry dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A sweaty Indian tribal beat and chants bring on a very spooky song with ghostly stereo guitars and a very moody bass. "Voices Carry" is a wholly unique and utterly cool track. Remarkably compelling.

Lost In The Bayou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Lost In The Bayou" is a slow and moody number that is quite well titled. Delicate, stereo delayed, wah-wah slithered, and misty.

Rock On dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Imagine tribal drums and the influence of seventies pop-rock. If Jimi had devolved into overly dramatic rock while letting his murky surf roots show, he just might have done this. Six minutes of ever evolving psychedelic surf employing soaring guitars and ambient danger. David Essex' spooky "Rock On (Jimmy Dean)" seems the vehicle for this epic journey.

Push It - Guajira dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Soulful reverb and delay paint a scenic groove that undulates in an echoed moody wash. These two songs mesh really well, and the arrangement would be grin inducing if it weren't so sultry.

Capetown dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a playful number with tropical bongos and an infectious rhythm. It's soul is not really surf, but it's so visual about desert island palms and swaying fronds that it's hard to really divorce it from the genre. Catchy and thoroughly enjoyable.

Echoes From Neptune - Shenandoah dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Echoes From Neptune - Shenandoah" is a spooky guitar experiment in psycho-acoustic effects and moody aural placement. It provides an interesting respite between amazing tracks, and a fitting introduction to the sinewy "Wicked Game."

Wicked Game dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wicked Game" takes off where "Echoes From Neptune - Shenandoah" leaves off. Slowly, it evolves into a complete song. Spooky, pulsing, dramatic, emotional, and very soulful. Quite nice.

Ghost Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ghost Surfer" is the lone fast track here. Its drums and watery tone provide a link to the title. What's interesting is the contrast between the fluid melody and the metronomic drums. The playful rock rhythm gives way to thickly whammied second guitar that's downright Link Wray-like in its menacing nature. What a cool song!