SUSAN SURFTONE: Shore: CD

Haven’t heard one of Ms. Surftone’s releases in a while, but this doesn’t disappoint if you’re one of those souls who don’t break out in a rash at instrumental albums. There’s less emphasis on straight surf rock here, though you can definitely feel its tinge all over the place, and the songs showcase a wider selection of influences—garage rock, a bit of new wave, straight rock, and even a cover of the Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” makes an appearance. She’s clearly adroit with her weapon of choice, mixing skill with feeling in ways too many guitar slingers sacrifice for fiery flashes of wankery, and her backing band give her all the room she needs to shine. Not bad at all.

 –jimmy (Susan Surftone, susansurftone.com)