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artworkThis release features two heavy pulsing numbers from Glasgow's Al Hotchkiss. His work is an interesting blend of surf guitar and heavy psych.
Picks: Beatifics, Channel X, Instro Astro, Hang 'Em High

Track by Track Review


Beatifics dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This is a very cool slow moving surf number with a narrative rambling throughout. Psycho surf with a soft edge and easy gate. The psychedelic thunder that evolve beneath the surf guitar is very heavy at times.

Channel X dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This is a heavy fuzz throbbing number with thundering drums and a dark sound. Much more rhythmic and pulsing and spacy than surf, but with the danger of some punkoidal epics.

Instro Astro dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Instro Astro" is a dark and sinister number with a very heavy bottom end. It wanders and howls and drains your calm of hope. Seriously strange.

Hang 'Em High dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Surf in the gentle zone as Al Hotchkiss plays very nicely done progressions coupled with a cool backtrack. Several times, the surf rhythm guitar turns huge and fuzzy and ugly, imparting ominosity. For such a simple song, this sure is interesting. "Hang 'Em High" is not the Enio Morricone song.