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Susan And The SurfTones - Untitled #10dotdotdotdot
artworkThere's a lot of lovely music here. The whole album floats on a lush cushion of guitar perfectly supported by bass and drums, and augmented in an almost Country Joe and The Fish organ. This is a fine set of mid tempo to slow surf! Consistent, emotional, fluid, and very cool.
Picks: Two A.M., Barb-O-Boy, Selene (Bh07), You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, Tethys, The Long Look Back, All Tomorrow's Parties, Whip Hand, Ruler Of My Heart, Tethys Remix, Selene (Bh07) Remix

Track by Track Review


Two A.M. dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Two A.M." features a lovely, if slightly sad melody over an emotionally satisfying backtrack. It has a sort of island feel, and the rhythm connects directly. Really nice!

Barb-O-Boy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The organ and guitar play off each other in a light hearted dance. A bit of reggae and youthful simplicity. "Barb-O-Boy" grew on me as I listened. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's the circular riffs, or maybe the Paul Tesluk-like (Johnny and the Hurricanes) organ sound.

Selene (Bh07) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This moves slowly in a haunting way. The organ reminds me of Pearls Before Swine at times, while the guitar has a bluesy tropical feel. "Selene (Bh07)" is smooth and fluid, easy on the ears, and very satisfying.

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" is one of very few slow Beatles songs I like, so naturally I'm impressed that Susan and the SurfTones instrumentalized it here. Fluid and a little moody, the song engages with a soft emotional edge and sixties combo feel.

Tethys dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dual guitar lines left and right play a lovely pattern while a third plays delicately in the center, giving "Tethys" a lush and lurid feeling. The effect, when overlaid on rich bass and just-right tribal drums is compelling, mysterious, and a bit psychedelic.

The Long Look Back dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Long Look Back" sure is cool. The David Cohen (Country Joe & the Fish) organ here is superb. It brings a psychedelic edge to the loveliness of the song. Fluid and very endearing.

All Tomorrow's Parties dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The exotic rhythm that hinted of Indian sitar drone in the Velvet Underground's original is replaced by a somewhat sad quiet water flow with gently tribal drums. It's a bit of a surfers lament. Thoroughly cool!

Whip Hand dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The whistle of the organ reminds me some of Pigpen (Grateful Dead) or Mars Bonfire's solo album from '68. Slightly spooky, with delicate muted guitar like a softened version of the break lead in Vic Goddard & the Subway Sect's "Don't Split It," incidentally lifted from "Born To Be Wild," which is a Mars Bonfire composition. Lots of side references, but "Whip Hand" surely deserves the connections. Very cool indeed!

Ruler Of My Heart dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very slow and rainy day kinda song. Sadness tempered by optimism flows from every lush note. Quite cool, and there's even a hint of Jerry Garcia's guitar tone.

Tethys Remix dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This rearrangement is much more psychedelic, with active panning, and a thicker sound.

Selene (Bh07) Remix dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Alternately scoped, "Selene (Bh07) Remix" is more pumping and less lush. It has more of a large hall psychedelic sound. Still quite nice.