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  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    The Anthology Surf Archive series proudly presents the twentieth anniversary edition of the soundtrack to Andrew Kidman’s groundbreaking 1996 film, Litmus. Contributions from Yothu Yindi and The Screaming Orphans accompanied by a distinctly 90s slacker score from Kidman’s The Val Dusty Experiment have earned the soundtrack a mythos within and outside of the surf circuit. The soundtrack to its 2006 follow up, Glass Love, offers moody, balletic rock written and performed by Kidman himself, save for a memorable cover of Dylan's "Mama, You Been On My Mind." The deluxe box set houses both LPs and a 100-page booklet containing photos and ephemera from the films. A definitive treasure for fans of Kidman and his oeuvre.

    Download Card - High Quality Virgin Vinyl

    Includes unlimited streaming of Litmus via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Litmus / Glass Love 2xCD housed in 6 panel, tri-fold 'corporate' chipboard case with 16 page booklet containing words and images from the two films.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Litmus via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Litmus is the soundtrack to Andrew Kidman's groundbreaking 1996 surf film. It features The Val Dusty Experiment, The Screaming Orphans and Yothu Yindi. Released in tandem with Kidman's 2006 follow up Glass Love.


By 1996, surfing was on the upswing in popularity as professional surfers became marketable athletes. The three-fin, high performance, “thruster” shortboard was the tool of choice, lending to a fast-paced slashing style and ultimately a more aggressive “surf and destroy” movement in board culture. Litmus, Andrew Kidman’s first avant-garde surf film, served as a soulful reaction to the pop-punk progression that dominated the mainstream.

Prior to filming, Kidman’s band, The Val Dusty Experiment, recorded a total of thirty-five songs in one day. The outcome of the “one-and-done” sessions was a lo-fi, rustic, experimental rock ‘n’ roll sound, adding a rough-around-the-edges ambiance to the surf scenes that span Ireland, Australia, California, and South Africa. Additional contributions from Galaxie 500, Yothu Yindi and The Screaming Orphans diversify the score. Litmus was a defining moment in surf filmmaking -- it sparked an open-minded retro-progressive movement as surfers formed a higher consciousness about the types of boards they were riding and why. The Anthology Surf Archive reissues series proudly presents the soundtrack of Litmus, released in tandem with the soundtrack from Kidman’s 2006 follow up, Glass Love, in new form.

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released August 14, 2015

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Anthology Recordings is Mexican Summer's reissue imprint, serving vinyl and formats unforeseen. Our ambition is to explore the scope of our musical heritage without limitation to genre or form. Tasked with this mission, Anthology Recordings works to elevate the reissue practice through responsibly-sourced material, compelling design, and high-quality packaging. ... more

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