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Bufalos D'Agua - Pacific Helldotdotdotdot
artworkWith an urbane seaside sound, Bufalos D'Agua are not like your average surfband. Bufalos D'Agua are surely unique on the surfscape. If Captain Beefheart had ever gone to the beach, and if he had joined Kraan, that merger might have sounded a little like Bufalos D'Agua. A few vocals punctuate the instros here, including the very cool "Sapiens Land," and the conflicted surf folk epic "In The Rain."
Picks: King's Beach, Pacific Hell, Tropic Line, Agente Valentino, The Jump In The Lake one, Good Idea, Ask The Dust, Green Valley and the Moon, Super Surf, Regina Falls, Avalanche, Ocean

Track by Track Review


King's Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"King's Beach" opens slowly against the surf, but soon becomes aggressive and edgy. Not particularly melodic, but a lot like a crowded day on the tourist beach dodging snot-nosed kids and oblivious blimps. Angular and up front.

Pacific Hell dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The title track is an interesting song with squonky sax and a stereo guitar invasion placed against a grumbly beat and bass line. Somewhat noodly, yet disquieting in an angular and arty way.

Tropic Line dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tropic Line" employs a few glissandos, a more aquatic vision, and an unnerving surf 'n' asphalt jungle edge. Bufalos D'Agua created what you might think of as an oceanic alter ego to Frank Zappa's "Peaches en Regalia."

Agente Valentino dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spy riffs and foggy sax, tenuous misadventure, gutty grumble, and some thick smoky glissandoes. "Agente Valentino" is a cool and slightly uncomfortable instro with charm and an unusual sound.

The Jump In The Lake one dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a hint of Kraan in the horn and guitar, Bufalos D'Agua drive arty structures with fast drums and glissandoes. Very unusual, and quite interesting.

Good Idea dotdotdotdot
Punk Surf (Instrumental)

Punky and pumpin', "Good Idea" is an adventurous song on the faster side, with a real sense of a coastal drive in search of monster swells. Cool song.

Ask The Dust dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Softly angular, fluidly abrupt, "Ask The Dust" is melodic and forlornned, like a great adventure on the horizon, just past the separation left behind. Optimistic and pretty in an oblique way, with an inviting sound that's also a little difficult.

Green Valley and the Moon dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Green Valley and the Moon" is a more traditionally recognizable surf tune. It's not textured traditionally, but the structure is closer to the genre. Intense guitar and glissandoes, and an aquatic sense, and some double picking too. Fine track!

Super Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Super Surf" rides between punk and surf with edge and some bright whammy chords, plus that strange horn. Rhythmically interesting and somewhat on edge.

Regina Falls dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thick and saxophonic, "Regina Falls" is like a vacation stop-off in the rain. If jazz rock were surf worthy, it would be like this. Intriguing and thick, with a coastal sense.

Avalanche dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy underbelly of surf, with a rock edge, and a melodic sax squonk. "Avalanche" is thick and angular, and quite weighty.

Ocean dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fluid coastal journey unfolds ahead of you with "Ocean" on your radio. Just unnerving enough to keep you on your toes, and just melodic enough to rise and fall with the break. A fine track.