Splashback

Changing Tides

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The element that attracts many listeners to bands who delve into the genre of instrumental surf music is the pleasure of not having to focus on vocals. Splashback does include one tune with vocals on Changing Tides, titled "Miss Shift," but the heart and soul of the surf guitar sound is there, allowing one to forgive the slight of hand. On the rest of the pieces from the album, one can relax and enjoy music for it's instrumental content in much the same way as people who are moved by classical pieces. The rock element in Splashback's surf sound is the tempo and the basic beat, but the expressive guitar riffs layered with heavy reverb are what make their music as powerful as it is. Splashback brings back true instrumental surf music in a pattern that will make lovers of '60s surf tear up a bit. It is so refreshing to hear a band bring back this lost but not forgotten art with such a high-quality sound. If one is looking to get an album to fill the void when the Dick Dale album isn't on the deck, then Changing Tides is the album to pick up. Continuing in the tradition of guitar-rooted surf bands, Splashback brings melodic songs to the table for this album. Bringing back the sound that sold millions of albums for bands like the Ventures seems like a speculative prospect, but with a quality sound such as Splashback, it is a welcomed presentation and a positive move. There is still a generation of listeners purchasing albums that desire more surf music -- and longtime fans and novices alike will enjoy Splashback's power-filled compilation, Changing Tides.