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.
The Kelp Dwellers come to the surface..
The Kelp Dwellers resurface to soothe land-lubbers with their watery style of instrumental Southern California beach rock.
The Kelp Dwellers’ music ebbs and flows in a place between progressive, surf and psychedelic rock. The band’s sound is similar to surf music in that it is electric guitar-based instrumental rock with exuberant drums that is the perfect accompaniment for your sunny day at the beach. That said, they are not trying to emulate the typical tones, heavy reverb, and chord structures of classic surf music. The Kelp Dwellers music is composed on electric tenor guitar and electric mandocello, creating melodic structures that are more harmonically open with the chords fresh-sounding. The band also utilizes complex arrangements and dreamy passages that are found in progressive, jazz fusion, or psychedelic rock. The music is upbeat, optimistic, instrumental jazz-rock for travels under, on, and over the ocean.
The music of the Kelp Dwellers is inspired by the ever-changing light reflecting through ocean waves and by the desire to spread a little jubilation for all creatures of the sea, real and imagined.
The framework of every piece on the album (tenor guitar, bass, drums) was recorded live at Craig Kahn’s recording studio in Topanga to capture the feel of a real band playing together. Later, Montgomery overdubs guitar, lap steel, keyboard, and synth in his home studio in Malibu. Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet) also contributed fantastic guitar work on most of the tunes. Surfacing is meant to be listened to as a whole, like a classic album from the 1970’s. Montgomery concludes, “for us, the Kelp Dwellers music is as much about camaraderie as it is about creating music.”
The album “Surfacing” is available on CD and as a download only at kelpdwellers.com
All music composed, produced and mixed by Todd Montgomery
The Kelp Dwellers are;
Todd Montgomery: electric tenor guitar, electric mandocello, lap steel, electric guitar, keys, synths Gayle
Ellett: bass, 6 and 12-string guitar, piano
Craig Kahn: drums
The Kelp Dwellers
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The debut record, "Surfacing" by the Kelp Dwellers coming early 2021!
Inspired by the Ocean, imaginative science fiction narratives, and innovative guitar bands, the Kelp Dwellers' music is upbeat, optimistic, instrumental rock with a dash of psychedelic adventure thrown in for good measure.