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The B-Sea Surfers - Latvian Surf Baydotdotdotdot
artworkLatvia's B-Sea Surfers have created a most unique groove for themselves, unlike anything else out there. Smooth, round, spatial, island driven, and old world rooted. Check them out!
Picks: Baltic Surf, Wild of Wild, Pipeline, La Chu, Skunks Meet Russians, Mad Teen Surf, On Freeway, Mike The Vivisector, Ex-minds Protection, Latvian Surf Bay, Yes, It's Friday, 9 PM, Pigeons Freestyle, Mess With Carolina, Bustin' Surfboards, Molotov Cocktail, Surfers Paradise

Track by Track Review


Baltic Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Baltic Surf" is a very light hearted piece. It has a grinning, almost laughing melody and rhythm track. The playful nature of the track is furthered by the way the guitars intertwine. Island whine, a child's melody, and a circular pattern complete this very cool track.

Wild of Wild dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moody number, "Wild of Wild" rises from an eerie scene with an eye on ghostly surf. The throbbing chords wash across the barren scene, and a haunted sea breaks across the fog-shrouded rocks. It's a bit psychedelic, but mostly lonely, cold, and dreamy. Very cool!

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a relatively original rethinking of Brian Carmen and Bob Spickard's glorious "Pipeline." It's not unlike the Lively Ones or others, but it's cold and forbidden instead of celebratory. The shift in mood creates a wholly original experience, a rare treat for covers of such venerable classics. The glissandos are raw and dirty, adding a rough edge. Very cool!

La Chu dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"La Chu" uses multiple guitars in a layered wash that intertwines counter melodies and angular ideas. At times, it suggests out of tune distress, and at others, perfect symmetry. It's really an interesting exercise.

Skunks Meet Russians dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An engaging sorta-ska rhythm and moody melody play havoc with any sense of joy you might have come with. It's optimistic in that profoundly sad way that only dark gypsy and former Soviet block regions can produce. This very simple piece is a wonder.

Mad Teen Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mad Teen Surf" employs a playful melody, which swirls across a slightly rough edged rock backtrack. In places, it's a minimalist rock thing, and in others, a fanciful melodic flight. Moody and pensive, with a picturesque feeling.

On Freeway dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lovely chords and a traveling rhythm bring on a softly sad melody. "On Freeway" brings forth an image of a highway on the coast, with a breakup in the past and a new dawn in the future. Like the Mermen's "Lonely Road," the imagery here is quite stark.

Mike The Vivisector dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dedicated to the main man in Russia's Vivisectors, and using a variant of "Comin' Home Baby," this song is a fluffy swirl of go-go wah wah and organ amid very friendly light guitar. Quite enjoyable.

Ex-minds Protection dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Beginning from a very basic rock beat and progression, augmented with surf chords, "Ex-minds Protection" slowly grows into a somewhat island piece. Minimal and moody, with a summer breeze looming off shore.

Latvian Surf Bay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lovely island chords and the soft sound of the sea lapping at the sand bring on a misty and cool song with a relaxed sound and pace. "Latvian Surf Bay" is a lazy day number that's carefree in that troubles left behind for now kinda way. Quite lovely.

Yes, It's Friday, 9 PM dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slightly reminiscent of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" in the rhythm guitar department, "Yes, It's Friday, 9 PM" has a tropical feeling as if it came from Jamaica. Its undulating bass and rhythm create a holiday substrate on which the vacation freedom of the melody rides. Delayed guitar and and easy afternoon feeling.

Pigeons Freestyle dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The birdies do the two-step on the mall. Organ, surf guitar, and a very suburban melody. Light and carefree.

Mess With Carolina dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very easy to listen to track. It sports a misty and spatial sound and very pleasing melody. The softness of "Mess With Carolina" is created by the layered reverb and delay. A bit moody, perhaps even sad, yet uplifting is its strength of spirit.

Bustin' Surfboards dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very original arrangement of the Tornadoes' "Bustin' Surfboards." The lead is via slide guitar and the entire thing has a very light island feel to it, which is completely at odds with the original's grode garage edge. This is thoroughly cool!

Molotov Cocktail dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Echoed voices in motion bring on a ska number with a fanciful Russian style melody. "Molotov Cocktail" is pure fun with an old world coolness. What's groovy here is the way the old world and the new intermingle effortlessly. Very cool.

Surfers Paradise dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one lovely track. It has a cooled-down image not too far from "Adventures In Paradise" in flavor. "Surfers Paradise" is a genuine pleasure - easy to listen to and soothing. The roundness of the guitar tone gives it much of its easiness.