Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The TomorrowMen - It's About Time!dotdotdotdot
This is a splendid album from San Francisco's TomorrowMen. Obvious attention to detail and superb writing and playing!
Picks: Dr. Kilometers (uncertainty principle), Tempori Parendum, Maelstrom, Midnight at the Chrono Lab, Mobius Transformation, Argosy, Phistfull of Photons, Claire De Lune, Run Ripley Run, Momentium, Chronosurf, Requiem For A TomorrowMan

Track by Track Review


Dr. Kilometers (uncertainty principle) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lovely, active panned, flying glissandos and splendid whammy, with very powerful melody lines and rhythm section. "Dr. Kilometers (uncertainty principle) GHMaster" is a splendid track with superb writing and playing.

Tempori Parendum dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rhythmic and melodic, with deluxe whammy and great tom toms. Sparkling tone and delivery add to the effectiveness of the track. Changes verse to verse keep it fresh throughout. Very strong!

Maelstrom dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song has a really splashy Spanish feeling, with exceptionally cool liquid chords and tremolo shimmer. Great runs and energy and drums throughout. It's also worthy to not that the bass is very solid and does its job perfectly, providing power without being in the way.

Curse You Fred Haines dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Curse You Fred Haines" is a thick fuzz meister. Its loud and aggressive. Some fine picking, but I did not end up liking this much as it seems mostly just about being loud and thick.

Midnight at the Chrono Lab dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Midnight At The Chrono Lab" has a slight silliness about it, but in a negative sense. Tremolo throb, rich reverb, and gentle drama. This is very film-score-ish at times.

Mobius Transformation dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Superb energy and splash, with great drums and twang. "Mobius Transformation" flies along on a bed of liquid tone and adventure. The drums are pretty are back in the mix, but are really strong. Lots of cool guitar work.

Argosy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Argosy" is a mid tempo number that's on the cool side, but with some fire here and there, and some speedy glissandos. Another song that grows on you as it progresses, and with its occasional whammy chords and structural variants, it ends up very strong.

Phistfull of Photons dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Atlantics drums and splendid glissandos, along with very cool melody lines. Plenty of changes. Spacy effects and production, and a few too many overdubs bring out a bit of silliness, but the guitar work is so strong that it doesn't matter at all.

Claire De Lune dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Claude Debussy's "Claire de Lune" is not often done as a surf instro. This is just gorgeous. Whammy, warmth, and watery flow. Very enjoyable.

Run Ripley Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One might expect a fast exuberant song with a title like "Run Ripley Run." That's just what we have here. Spunky and charging with optimism, this song is hard not to like. Stylish and driven by great drums.

Momentium dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Crunchy and open road adventurous, with a vacation on the map. "Momentium" has a sunny disposition. Great whammy chords and drums. The arrangement works really well - beefy without being invasive. I like this.

Chronosurf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an engaging track with cool glissandos and whammy twang. The melody line is a traveling sort of thing, ample guitar flair. This is the sort of track that grows on you, one reason for which is a well developed arrangement with plenty of changes and symmetry.

Requiem For A TomorrowMan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit dark in places, with great tribal drums and raucous energy. Did I mention the drums. I think they really make this track. That doesn't diminish the rest of the players or the writing or anything, but the drums really stand out. Thoroughly cool!