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Aqualads - Treasuresdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a magnificent set of modern surf music from the illusive Aqualads. Excellent sound and arranging. Read on!
Picks: Reef Rider, Snake Eyes, Phantom Point, El Borracho, Crystal Cove, Washout, Atlanticus, Vientos Del Sur, White Sands, Whirling Dervish, Bon Voyage

Track by Track Review


Reef Rider dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Big rock chords in clean tone open a powerful and soaring surf rock anthem. great drums and nervous energy. Pretty cool!

Snake Eyes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shredding double picked lead lines run amok between very fine regular verses. Lots of energy and power here. Great drums and bass, with two intertwined guitars. Splendid.

Phantom Point dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering tremolo and rich dark double picked leads. "Phantom Point" is a strong track with some really nice guitar work and excellent arranging. I love the tremolo here, and the glissandos too.

El Borracho dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish themes, whammy, reverb, and drama open "El Borracho." A bit spatial, with rich glissandos and engaging guitar work. The drums rolls are very well done. Infectious rhythms and imagery.

Crystal Cove dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With gentle hints at "Endless Summer" and island bays on summer days, "Crystal Cove" floats easily through the air. Tropical drums and nicely arranged bass provide a perfect foundation for this groovy instro.

Washout dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy, long sustain, spy imagery, and dark surf guitar. James Bond on a surfboard, and superb drums. Thunder and danger and mystery. Great track!

Atlanticus dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rolling tom toms, Atlantics style muted chops, and a scenic melody tip the hat to The Atlantics with superb reverence. This has the feel of the Oz surf kings, but is also very much in the groove of the Aqualads. Big spunk and flash!

Vientos Del Sur dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Several guitar pats, tribal drums, round full bass, and really good arranging. "Vientos Del Sur" is a fluid and exotic number with superb surf imagery and dripping of adventure. Simply wonderful!

White Sands dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With the gentility of an "Endless Summer" and the shimmer of an quiet palm-lined lagoon, "White Sands" easily sparkles in the afternoon sun. Soothing and lush!

Whirling Dervish dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Flying fingers picking a Mediterranean flair out of the guitar, while bass and drums jam solidly in the zone. "Whirling Dervish" is an infectious, high energy buzz. Happy, powerful, and way too fun!

Bon Voyage dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mildly heading into the night, "Bon Voyage" sounds just like its name implies. Am easy going melody and rich sound portray a wonderful end to a fantastic night. A touch of Dick Dale in the bridge and beautiful guitar work.