The Kelp Dwellers resurface to soothe land-lubbers with their watery style of instrumental Southern California beach rock.
The Kelp Dwellers’ music ebbs and flows in a place between progressive, surf and psychedelic rock. The band’s sound is similar to surf music in that it is electric guitar-based instrumental rock with exuberant drums that is the perfect accompaniment for your sunny day at the beach. That said, they are not trying to emulate the typical tones, heavy reverb, and chord structures of classic surf music.
The Kelp Dwellers music is composed on electric tenor guitar and electric mandocello, creating melodic structures that are more harmonically open with the chords fresh-sounding. The band also utilizes complex arrangements and dreamy passages that are found in progressive, jazz fusion, or psychedelic rock. The music is upbeat, optimistic, instrumental jazz-rock for travels under, on, and over the ocean.
The music of the Kelp Dwellers is inspired by the ever-changing light reflecting through ocean waves and by the desire to spread a little jubilation for all creatures of the sea, real and imagined.
«The framework of every piece on the album (tenor guitar, bass, drums) was recorded live at Craig Kahn’s recording studio in Topanga to capture the feel of a real band playing together. Later, Montgomery overdubs guitar, lap steel, keyboard, and synth in his home studio in Malibu. Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet) also contributed fantastic guitar work on most of the tunes. Surfacingis meant to be listened to as a whole, like a classic album from the 1970’s. Montgomery concludes, for us, the Kelp Dwellers music is as much about camaraderie as it is about creating music».
At first listen the music may be perceived as easy, but that is wrong! The music is rather complex and interesting and with very much depth. Interweaving guitar and nice bass and drumming. The music is often light as a beautiful summer day but there are also darker and mysterious passages and modes. The music evoking the undersea world and the mythology from that world. Jellyfish World and Tricking King Swordfish is two marine song titles and there are even more of such titles.
1. Jellyfish Song (4:05)
2. Winsome Rollers (5:02)
3. Undine’s Righteous Victory (4:46)
4. Westward, Mostly Sunny (4:35)
5. Tricking King Swordfish (5:01)
6. Otter Finley’s (5:00)
7. Watch Out For Water Dog (4:31)
8. Selkie Always Seeks (3:46)
9. Night Ashore (4:54)
Total Time 41:40
Todd Montgomery (Fernwood) – Electric Tenor Guitar, Electric Mandocello, Lap Steel, Electric Guitar, Synths, Piano, EBow
Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet, Herd of Instinct, Fernwood) – Bass, Electric Guitar, Electric 12-string, Piano, EBow
Craig Kahn – Drums
Joee Corso – Electric Guitar (4)
Brian Chapman – Electric Guitar (5)