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America Del Surf - Demos Vol. 1dotdotdotdot
artworkSpain's America Del Surf play truly original instrumentals, mostly with a surf basis. The originality is really quite remarkable, and the arranging skill quite good. These are only preliminary mp3's, but they are well worth searching out.
Picks: Mundaka, Bati Tubos Beta Muestra, Rebanos de Arroz, King Creible

Track by Track Review


Mundaka dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The introductory chords and bridge to "Mundaka" reminded me of the progression from "Fortune Teller," but the song is nothing like that. It's also not at all island or faraway places like. This is a rock instro with a bit of a funky stiff beat. While it's not surfy, and it's just a demo, it does have an engaging sound and adventurous blend of elements.

Bati Tubos Beta Muestra dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Catchy pick slides and glissandos bring forth playful echoed guitar lines on the left, while the bass does a liquidy flowing thing and the drums make nice with a sort of military beat. By the time the mid section comes along, things have drifted into a fanciful zone where quirk and grins coexist with charm.

Rebanos de Arroz dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Weird scenes inside a gold mine... well maybe in an alley where there's a surfboard and a Moped. "Rebanos de Arroz" is an interesting tack that evolves through time. Some great textures and contrasts.

King Creible dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Whammy slide coolness hinting slightly of Chris Darrow & Max Buda's LP, but only suggestively. "King Creible" is a very groovy track with watery imagery and very cool interaction between the instruments.