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The Tahiti Shuttle Experiment - The Tahiti Shuttle Experimentdotdotdotdot
Lying somewhere between surf and progressive, with serious imagery and often very strong writing, The Tahiti Shuttle Experiment plays an original evolved variety of surf. Don't be afraid to venture into this territory.
Picks: Untimely Ms. Watson, Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot, The Crop Duster, Kwajalein, Swimming In Cut-Offs, Plight Of The Plankton, Powder Keg, Songrisa Plastica, Spy Ship

Track by Track Review


Untimely Ms. Watson dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Untimely Ms. Watson" is a bit gloomy, but has a post-storm sense of relief about it. The melody and structure are quite good, and the whammy dips add coolness. Double picked lines here and there, as well as other surfisms.

Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A splendid main riff, double picked and reverbed. "Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot" sports bongos and jangle-chords. This is sophisticated, but also very much in the surf idiom. There's lots going on to keep it interesting throughout, including near-feedback long sustain solos.

The Crop Duster dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the wind comes a galloping adventure with a superb set of lead lines. "The Crop Duster" throbs with stereo tremolo mid stream for a haunted sound. This is really good!

Kwajalein dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and sensual, "Kwajalein" has an island feel with a bit of a bluesy edge via a superb bass line. Very nice.

Swimming In Cut-Offs dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sparkling with adventure in the sun, this song is partly double picked, and partly suave. A number of changes keep in interesting, and the sense of adventure and subtle drama just add to the intrigue.

Plight Of The Plankton dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the brooding side, "Plight Of The Plankton" seems a bit contrived to me. Maybe it's because of its mathematical feel...

All Hail The Flying Spaghetti Monster dotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

This is a psychedelic scene-scape... not musical really.

Surface Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surface Rider" seems more like a vehicle song than surf to me - like maybe a desert motorcycle adventure. Not tat it matters much. It's on the jammy side, wit less of a defined melody than most Tahiti Shuttle Experiment songs. It is spooky with monkish chorus hauntingly in the background at times.

Powder Keg dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Western imagery, strong drums, and a great melody line. "Powder Keg" has an open space feeling to it, and some very nice arranging work. It meanders between heavy and soft, where sparkle and shadows collide. Quite nice.

Songrisa Plastica dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the dark side, "Songrisa Plastica" portrays turbulent unpleasantness with the ever-recovering power of the swell. Drama, art, reverb, and adventure.

Spy Ship dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow foggy images with jazzy undertones softly flow across the gentle lapping of the water at the edge of the land. Very moody and pretty.