About

The Kelp Dwellers come to the surface..

Aqueous "Surf" Music

Shape-shifting sea-shaman, The Kelp Dwellers, (Todd Montgomery, Gayle Ellett, and Craig Kahn) normally busy guarding the portholes to the undersea underworld, resurface to sooth land-lubbers with their watery style of instrumental Southern Californian "not really surf" rock.

They make their own new style of music that is related to surf music in that it is electric guitar-based instrumental rock with exuberant drums that is the perfect accompaniment for your sunny day beach party. But the Kelp Dwellers are not trying to emulate the typical tones and chord structures of classic surf music. Since their music is composed on electric tenor guitar (really an octave mandolin) and electric Mandocello, the melodic structure is more open and the chords fresh sounding. They also utilize more complex arrangements and dreamy passages that might be more likely found in progressive or psychedelic rock. 

The Kelp Dwellers' music is upbeat, optimistic, instrumental "not-really-surf" rock, with psychedelic passages for travels under, on and over the ocean. 

Craig Kahn: Drums

Gayle Ellett: Bass, electric guitar, electric 12-string, ebow, and piano

Todd Montgomery: Electric octave mandolin, eclectric Mandocello, electric guitar, lap steel, synths, piano, and ebow

All Kelp Dwellers music is written, produced and mixed by Todd Montgomery. 

Music

Surfacing

The Kelp Dwellers

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Kelp Dwellers: Surfacing full album digital download

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Videos

Press Kit

The debut record, "Surfacing" by the Kelp Dwellers coming early 2021!

Inspired by the Ocean, imaginative science fiction narratives, and the great innovative guitar bands, the Kelp Dwellers' music is upbeat, optimistic, instrumental, "not-really-surf" rock with a dash of psychedelic adventure thrown in for good measure. 

Kelp Dwellers: Surfacing

Kelp Dwellers: Surfacing

Sample Video

Sample Track

Press Photos

Craig, Todd, and Gayle

Craig, Todd, and Gayle

Craig Kahn

Craig Kahn

Todd Montgomery, Gayle Ellet

Todd Montgomery, Gayle Ellet

Contact

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Electric Tenor Guitars 

Here are the tenor guitars that are the harmonic foundation of the Kelp Dwellers music. Eastwood Mandocello, Fender Tenor Tele, Eastwood Classic Tenor, and Eastwood Astrojet Tenor. They are tuned GDAE, and are really octave mandolins. This helps give the Kelp Dwellers a unique guitar sound.