V/A - Considerably Further Beyond the Sea (CD Cordelia)
A collection of nineteen contemporary surf music interpretations of known songs by artists of an indie or experimental pop leaning. Imagine Dick Dale doing covers of ‘Ashes To Ashes’, ‘My Generation’, ‘I Wanna be Your Dog’, ‘Revolution 9’ and ’Smoke On The Water’, etc. after having been strapped into a chair and being made to listen to Joe Meek for 24 hours. Absolutely nothing against Meek, no less, but this idea might go some way to helping one to understand what’s in store here. Listening to this there’s the overriding feeling there’s as much passion for the music as there is an arched brow sensibility. All of the artists, whether The Time Bats, Gothic Murder Porn, The Thurston Lava Tube, Horse Jigsaw or the neighbouring names in obscurity share this. I cannot imagine for the life of me who the target audience is, though. RJ.