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Antena Tres - Onda Di Criminedotdotdotdot
artworkOnda Di Crimine is a splendidly produced CD of spy-surf drama. It's a very sophisticated and well developed disc, with a strong and original vision.
Picks: Uschi Digard, Interlude Extralucide, Soho, Luger, Milano Spy Party, Ciao Amore, Onda Di Crimine, Return Of The Death Ray, Our Man Flynt, Stripagram, Soy Un Zombie, Extralude Interlucide, Doppio Giogo, Stella Polaris

Track by Track Review


Uschi Digard dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A long howling intro and industrial drums bring on a very cool track that's eerie and suspicious. Spies, surf, and ominous imagery collide as "Uschi Digard" progresses. This is a thoroughly original instrumental with a larger than life drama and cinematic sweep. Very cool!

Interlude Extralucide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Interlude Extralucide" is a minute long sonar ping and acoustic piece with a very eerie feeling.

Soho dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy and stylish, "Soho" has a dissonant spy feeling and angular drama. The slow passages are very VERY cool, and maybe a bit psychedelic, while the thrashy sections are like intense go-go. Quite something!

Luger dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cycling and dangerous piece with a large sound and ominous nature. "Luger" is a heavy guitar slice of intense pressure and danger. Very effective!

Milano Spy Party dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Milano Spy Party" reminds me a little of the party scene in A, B, and C (The Prisoner). Perhaps this was the inspiration, or perhaps not, but its uncomfortable nature surely suggest it.

Ciao Amore dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a long and dramatic epic with a psychotic edge and psycho kinetic feel, much like the mushy thinking of the sedated in an institution, at least until the frantic escape scene where the pace quickens and the powerful sound conveys desperation. Quite cinematic.

Onda Di Crimine dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Speedy danger and dark organ churning augment surf tone and evil spy doings. "Onda Di Crimine" is hard driving and maybe a bit space rock weird.

Return Of The Death Ray dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy and intense, with tribal tom toms and pulsing rhythms, "Return Of The Death Ray" swirls in a dark and reverby place. Heavy and on the edge of horror spies.

Our Man Flynt dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty unusual version of the hokey film theme, with lots of great drums, film-style whirling electronics, and tuff guitars. Fun and large in production style.

Stripagram dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and lush wash of sultry ambiance for the first half, then "Stripagram" emerges as a fast spy-surf number with intense edge and great drums. Powerful and unnerving.

Soy Un Zombie dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Soy Un Zombie" is a well developed track with excellent production. The fast portions have great power, and are balanced against the splendid, more soothing sections. Surf and eerie swirls of circling riffs. Very cool, especially as the tremolo kicks in.

Extralude Interlucide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a brief and lovely piece with a haunting sound and emotional element.

Doppio Giogo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast and frantic, "Doppio Giogo" suggests film themes in structure and arrangement, but is not as hokey as such things often are. Intense guitar work and rising howls.

Stella Polaris dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Stella Polaris" is a gentle and slow piece with a kind of carnival air and lounge appeal. The combination suggests luncheon on the verandah at the asylum. The imagery is quite compelling.