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Voodoo Court - Nuclear Vacationdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is advance peak at the new Voodoo Court release. As before, there are some very fine tracks to be heard here, and no shortage of inventiveness. Nontraditional surf mixed with experimental instrumentals, and one vocal called "Run From The Blast."
Picks: Hydrogen Highway, I'm Your Super Nuclear Lover, Every Last One Of Them, Gamma Ray On a Summer's Day, For The Love Of Neptunium, California Meltdown, Holocost 2001, On The Beach, Red Tide Sunset, Sticky Situation, Cheese Wiz, Armageddon (Tired), Heavy Water

Track by Track Review

Hydrogen Highway dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hydrogen Highway" is a great way to open the CD. Fast and spunky, it has a fine melody line and an infectious beat, as well as a real feel of the surf and the open road. Excellent.

I'm Your Super Nuclear Lover dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The summery melody of "I'm Your Super Nuclear Lover" is both playful and pretty, with an optimistic flow and carefree sound. Quite pleasing.

Every Last One Of Them dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Every Last One Of Them" is rhythmic and surfy in a Beach Boys kinda way, perhaps influenced by Richie Podolor a bit too. The drums are pretty ambient sounding. Approaches infectious.

Gamma Ray On a Summer's Day dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The writing here has the feel of Mark Brodie from his Beaver Patrol days. Rhythmic and rolling and playful, "Gamma Ray On a Summer's Day" sparkles with innocent optimism. Excellent track.

For The Love Of Neptunium dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow number with a summer island feel. Very pretty and airy, "For The Love Of Neptunium" sports lazy tropical scenery. Relaxing and quite enjoyable.

California Meltdown dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This post hot rod track comes complete with sirens and a nervously relentless pattern. Quick noodling, jammin' panic, and the chase is on.

Holocost 2001 dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A grimy grind in a grodie format, with chords chunkin' away. Dark, forbidding, and a little too repetitious.

On The Beach dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grumpy growly winding up followed by dissonant jazzy chords and strangeness all around. While inventive, I found this hard to listen to. It's uncomfortable in an arty way.

Red Tide Sunset dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Jamaican tinged island breeze is magnetic due to its unusual sound and rhythm. Inventive, infectious, restful, and pristine. I don't know why exactly, but I found myself coming back to this track repeatedly.

Sticky Situation dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Metronomic peanut butter fingers and a nervous spy format. The bridge is interesting, but the rest didn't really do it for me.

Cheese Wiz dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Funky chicken sandwiches with "Cheese Wiz" and lettuce... that's about as close to this as I can get. Fun.

Armageddon (Tired) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Twangy in a "What'd I Say" kinda way, with the bass yearning for the lead that comes along soon enough. Playful and adventurous, and quite unusual. "Armageddon (Tired)" sports a different blend of elements to an enticing end. Excellent.

Heavy Water dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grumbly double picked meanness, pumped up by dramatic chop chords, then an even bigger grind. Not melodic, but interesting nonetheless.