Dom Mariani & The Majestic Kelp "Turn Up The Sun" (Head Records/Spider Music, 2014)
As if Dom Mariani hadn’t already worn enough hats between his membership in garage heroes The Stems and pure pop favorites The Someloves, not to mention leading the ace power pop act DM3, he has also released three fine albums of surf rock with his act The Majestic Kelp. Turn up the Sun, the most recent of the trio and originally issued on CD last year, arrives on vinyl now. What I especially like about the record are the little surprises. There’s plenty of classic-sounding surf rock that nicely conjures images of longboards, conch shells, and starfish, but there’s also unexpected touches like some funk bass and wah-wah guitar on “Reef Beat,” the subtle bossa nova feel of “Gin and Tonic,” and the hep jazz angle on “In the Morning.” Most of the album is instrumental but there’s the occasional, dreamy vocal part that meanders in and out and that you never know when to expect. Essentially, though, this is just good surf rock, plain and simple as a bar of sex wax and a beach cruiser rolling down the boardwalk. And for good measure this new vinyl edition comes with a bonus cut that’s a remix of one of the main tracks.
Review made by Brian Greene/2014
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