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Summer Splash

by Drifting Sand

Songs about surfing, fun in the sun, big waves and girls on the beach with a touch of the Aloha spirit proving that every day is summer. Surf's up but watch out for drifting sand!
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Summer Splash
2:23 $0.99
2. Beach Tour USA
3:44 $0.99
3. Santa Cruz'n
2:24 $0.99
4. Every Day Is Summer
3:17 $0.99
5. Surf, Surf, Surf
2:25 $0.99
6. Big Wave
2:47 $0.99
7. Blue Water
1:37 $0.99
8. Brian Speaks for Dennis
4:03 $0.99
9. Alohawaii
1:36 $0.99
10. Endless Sea
6:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Drifting Sand return with their third full-length album, Summer Splash, featuring ten new original songs plus a special bonus track (available on CD only). Produced by Rick Escobar (The Woodies, Sandy Shorts and The Lobstars) and the band's own Surfer Spud, Summer Splash takes you on a surfin' safari down the Northern California coast where you'll experience everything from beach parties to big waves to beachin' girls to perfectly blue water in an endless sea of surf dreams. So let's all have a summer splash--surf's up but watch out for drifting sand!



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Joe P

From Sand to Sea
Like any truly worthwhile band, Drifting Sand is a category in itself -- drawing insistently on the sun-and-fun attitude of 1960s Beach Boys, the determination of surf guitar, and the sensibility of 1980s & 90s modern rock.

SUMMER SPLASH takes us out a little further than before. Sure, the opening tracks continue the surf pop sound of the first album, complete with local name-checks (for my money, though, the single is the fourth track, "Every Day is Summer" -- you may laugh the first time you hear it, but you'll be singing along after that). .

Things get wetter as we go further from shore: "Santa Cruz'n" shows new guitarist Rick Escobar's vintage style is lively & convincing, "Surf, Surf, Surf" is interesting without being flashy (worthy of either the Ventures or Ennio Morricone), while "Big Wave" can't resist adding a bit of Drifting Sand goofiness to its otherwise straight-up surf-guitar pedigree.

Then come the depths, beginning with the quiet acoustic-and-vocal meditation of "Blue Water", which could have come off Chris Isaak's BAJA SESSIONS. "Brian Speaks For Dennis" continues the meditation, emerging in a chorus that's going to stick in your brain & creep back later, an absolute gem. "Alohawaii" is a quiet, pretty acoustic guitar track, nicely leading into the dramatic mini-epic of "Endless Sea" -- as if melding Chris Isaak's guitarist with the Moody Blues; a side of the band only hinted on previous albums.

And that's where SUMMER SPLASH leaves us. The album as a whole can be seen as a musical surfing trip: starting in the car listening to the radio, getting out on the beach, venturing into the surf, onto the waves, and finally out to the wide expanse beyond -- one song leading to the next, always looking forward to new adventure. If it's not quite the party album the cover suggests, it's certainly worthy of your ipod or stereo -- I've listened to mine almost every day these past two weeks. Recommended.

FWIW: I paid full retail for this CD.

David Maclean

Summer sounds
Looking at the cover of this album you just know what you are going to get, Summer Splash is what it says and Summer Splash is what you get. If you like early Beach Boys, Dick Dale, Jan & Dean then you will love this.
The title Track SUMMER SPLASH opens with a neat radio section, the lyrics are child like in it's simple rhythm but it works, and very easy on the ear.
BEACH TOUR USA, a driving beat neat words with name checks of the various locations. This is a open top car (top down), sunshine, girl by your side track. A fun track with a clever ref to the Beach Boys Amusement parks USA section, pass the corn dog and the root beer.
EVERY DAY IS SUMMER, somehow this reminds me of some work by the UK group Squeeze, no idea what it was/is. Once again summer is at the heart of this song, and we all need the sunshine, listen to this and what you get is SUNSHINE.
BIG WAVE, great surf guitar and a familiar driving drum beat, cool instrumental but for me the spoken vocals do not do this track justice and should have been left in the studio, in saying that after a few listens it becomes relevant.
BLUE WATER, my favourite on the album, a cool ballad with great vocals and a jingley guitar, but far too short, needs another minute or so.
All in all a great summer album, Summer Splash is fun fun fun and well worth buying.
Surf's Up!