Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Undertoe - Men For Saledotdotdot
artworkThis is a mostly gentle CD, with a lot of original ideas, spanning surf and country and more. Undertoe continues to be adventurous and original.
Picks: Weather, Release, Walk About, Waylon, Luzern, Summer Heat, My Wave, Potato Pie, Odd Love, Pornstar, Skippin' Out, Tradango, Yaba Girl

Track by Track Review

Weather dotdot
Environmental (Instrumental)

"Weather" is just that - a fifty second recording of thunder and rain.

Release dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting song with an infectious rhythm and warm melody line. "Release" speaks to new found freedom with a sense of relief and cautious optimism. Very nice track.

Walk About dotdotdot
Urban Metal (Instrumental)

Heavy rockisms float throughout "Walk About." Murky sound, tuff guitar, the rhythm of the metal urge, and a cool melody. I really like this song, just not the murky mix.

Waylon dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

With the smell of the country breezing in through the window, "Waylon" gently floats on an afternoon of leisure. Scenic and soft. Some elements of spaghetti western, but mostly just a very pretty country instro.

Luzern dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

An infectious rhythm guitar runs under a playful guitar lead that's a bit country and a bit surf. The drums are in the way in the mix, but the arrangement is quite nice. A very enjoyable song.

Summer Heat dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

Like a sticky afternoon on the prairie, "Summer Heat" is a rhythmic adventure in open space. Rhythmically attractive, tonally endearing, and warmly simple. Great fun.

My Wave dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

Stereo delayed lead guitar portrays a coast side view of riders on the crest. Sorta moody, but the chop chords ring with salt water smells and color. "My Wave" is an interesting and different song that's cool and surfable.

Potato Pie dotdotdot
Country Lunch (Instrumental)

Rhythmically interesting, but with a modern jammy guitar line. I didn't like it at first, but it grows on you a bit. Probably best heard live.

Odd Love dotdotdot
Country Jazz (Instrumental)

Angular and strange, "Odd Love" is a lot like Captain Beefheart in love, if you can imagine.

Pornstar dotdotdotdot
Near Kraut Rock (Instrumental)

Heavy thunder in an almost Krautrock kind of pre-Metal progressive vein. This is a fine song, miles from the surf, but fitting right in when you dig out that forgotten Epitaph or Jane album with an eye on Kraan. Experimental and very cool!

Skippin' Out dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Skippin' Out" is a surf instro with a grumbly riff and double picking. The circular nature of the riff and the rhythm spell surf. More rhythm than melody, but quite satisfying. Great drums.

Tradango dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

cactus daze and pony express surfing, "Tradango" reminds me a little of the Evasions, but more intense. This is a fun track with an unusual melody and structure.

Yaba Girl dotdotdotdot
Tropical Surf (Instrumental)

Thumpy rhythm and a surf-the-Mexican-coast almost Sandals feel instro with more quirk than flow. The drums and bass and guitar all work very well together here. Quite cool!