“Why don’t you have a ‘Surf Music’ tag if you write about that genre so often?” It’s always useful to get constructive criticism from regular visitors to our blog, so starting today you’ll see a new category in our sidebar. We couldn’t ask for a better first* addition than American rock ‘n’ roll icon The Ventures, who released their first all-new studio album in nearly three decades. With the fresh New Space LP they seek to echo and pay homage to 1964’s (The) Ventures In Space, one of their biggest-selling and most popular albums of all time. Although with a different line-up than sixty years ago, Bob Spalding (lead guitar), Ian Spalding (rhythm guitar), Luke Griffin (bass) and Leon Taylor (drums) succeed well in similarly merging instrumental surf pop and space rock into twelve fascinating cinematic pieces. Melodic originals and fitting covers – Fly Me to the Moon (written by Bart Howard, popularized by Frank Sinatra) and Vibrations and Eleventh Hour (by the founders of The Ventures) – make this a welcome return.
New Space is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Hi-Tide Recordings.
*We will also retroactively include a number of previous reviews in this category.