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The Bradipos IV - Surf Sessiondotdotdotdot
artworkThis album has been in the works for a long time, being culled from session in 2002 and 2003 for the most part, and mixed in 2004. It's well worth the wait. Easily the best thing the Bradipos IV have ever done. A superb album of well written and well played surf instrumentals, nicely produced and attractively packaged.
Picks: Beach Grave, A Fist Full Of Dollars, Hey!, Night On Vesuvius, Reverb Gang, Egle's Key, Moon Relay, L'Inseguimento, La Ultima Ola, She Devil's Curse, King Of Sloths, Bandito Supremes, Cut-Back, Playa Inferno, Surfidia, Summertime

Track by Track Review


Beach Grave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich surf guitar plays a very good melody with a genuine sense of the genre. Each verse is in a different octave, keeping it always fresh. The organ in the break adds a sense of a later period, but otherwise "Beach Grave" is simply splendid!

A Fist Full Of Dollars dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ennio Morricone's wonderful theme retains its spaghetti roots while resting squarely in the surf genre. The Bradipos IV have adapted it very well. The adventurous nature of the melody is nicely played against the rhythm and beat. Excellent!

Hey! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A glissando opens "Hey!." It has a kind of Greek or Russian air about it, and is very attractive. Tribal tom toms, speedy guitar lines, and lots of splash.

Night On Vesuvius dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a soft and shimmering song with lush vibrato and liquid guitar lines. "Night On Vesuvius" presents a slightly sad, yet optimistic semitropical vision of a warm summer afternoon. Very nice!

Reverb Gang dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Reverb Gang" is pulsing with surf rhythm and reverb. It's big and powerful, and shines with liquid power. Splendid playing and writing, and great drums. It's full of motion and energy, yet is very rich and full bodied.

Egle's Key dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a moody song with a rhythmic backtrack that's quite compelling. The melody calls you into the drama of the emotion "Egle's Key" portrays. Well developed and very engaging.

Moon Relay dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Vistas' wonderful "Moon Relay" is played in a slowed fashion, and with rich reverb, both of which add a measure of ominousness to the song. It's a very moody take on an otherwise fairly upbeat obscuro. Grand!

L'Inseguimento dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"L'Inseguimento" is a rapid fire instro with double picked leads and raging glissandos. It's like running at double the limit down a hazardous coastal road. Very impactive and manic.

La Ultima Ola dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This splendid mid-tempo cruiser is pretty and light. The organ carries the counter melody while the surf guitar plays very inviting chords and runs. The dribbling double picked verse is very liquid, and the vibrato verse is pulsing with emotion.

She Devil's Curse dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an open road kind of song, with an infectious backtrack and rich melody full of motion and reverb. The optimism of the melody is clear, as is the celebrative nature of the rhythm.

King Of Sloths dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

My goodness, what a wonderful track. Rolling tom tom drama, dribbling damped rhythm, a spaghetti western - Indian melody style, and a distant haunting organ. "King Of Sloths" is simply wonderful!

Bandito Supremes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Some spaghetti and Southwest desert influences run through this moderately paced instro. Sparkling tone, very friendly melody lines, and an overall solid track. "Bandito Supremes" is simply good.

Cut-Back dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Borrowing the opening riff from "Surf Rider," the Bradipos IV play a similarly upbeat and colorful instro, though it is faster. A fine track with excellent surf credentials.

Playa Inferno dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Playa Inferno" starts out gently from a gradually rising tinny sound, as if from a pocket radio. Then, it's full bodied and wonderful. Rich and moody, with sadness and a little danger lurking about. It always sounds distant, like life happening below the cliff you are "getting over it" on.

Surfidia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slithery glissandos, perfect counterbalance between guitars, and a moving rhythm. "Surfidia" is lively, yet cool, dramatic, yet playful. A very nice track, recorded live in-studio in 1999.

Summertime dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Guitars shimmer and the sax growls, much like the way the Viscounts did it back in '59, though with reverb and a surf soul. Most rock-instro covers of George Gershwin's song are tepid, but this is wonderful. The sax carries the lead. "Summertime" was recorded live in 2002 at Kingston Club, Caserta.