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Bufalos D'Agua - Farewell To Shoredotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine release from one of Brazil's most original surfbands. That label does not do them justice, however. They write and arrange some very sophisticated music that just happens to be surf. What I have consistently found to be the case with Bufalos D'Agua's music is its tendency to grow on you. Even songs that seem unintrusive at first end up gathering your attention via the arrangements and sophisticated flow.
Picks: Volcano, Monster Of The Ned Lake, Mandibula, Farewell To Shore, Hey Outlaw!, Surf Desire, Nagasaki Morning, Crashed Glass, Thousand Miles From Toledo, Taxi Driver, First Wave, Surfness, Terremotor, Lost Island

Track by Track Review

Volcano dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With the romance of a tango, the pomp of prog, and the drama of swelling magma, this song buds and builds. The panned glissandos are pretty cool! "Volcano" is big an dramatic, but not very volcanic.

Monster Of The Ned Lake dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fanciful chord progression and a slightly moody melody line collide with haunted sax and muted guitar. There's something very human about this track that connects directly with your inner surfer. Nicely arranged and produced.

Mandibula dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hinting at an ominous island adventure, or maybe a dangerous safari, the ever artful "Mandibula" is well developed and arranged, with a bit of friendly pomp and emotional drama. Great percussion and bass, and a very strong structure.

Farewell To Shore dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Farewell To Shore" is a light hearted, though slightly mournful song of drifting on slow moving swells. Picturesque and fluid, and quite sophisticated. The panoramics are seductive.

Hey Outlaw! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hey Outlaw!" seems like there might be a hint of spaghetti western in the scenic spread of the sounds, and the circular melody lines. It's large like a screen epic.

Surf Desire dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The 1999 take on this song was a thrashy sub-metal post punk grind, perhaps like the Torpedoes often played. Still angular and aggressive, the song has evolved into richer work.

Nagasaki Morning
Rock (Instrumental)

"Nagasaki Morning" is not very surf, despite its use of some double picking. It seems to have crossed into artrock territory. It's very well done, and very enjoyable, with lots of drama and textural richness.

Crashed Glass dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Crashed Glass" seems like an open road adventure in search of perfect curl. In some ways, it's not very surfy, yet it paints a clear picture of coastal vistas and sunshine topdown travel. It's really quite good.

Thousand Miles From Toledo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Thousand Miles From Toledo" is very cool. Lots of surfisms, saucy sax, great drums, moody bass, and splendid guitar lines. The arrangement is Mermen-like in its complexity and flow. This really grows on you.

Taxi Driver dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great rhythms and rich aural textures give "Taxi Driver" a very compelling sound. It's pretty far outside the basic surf envelope, but is arranged so well that it simply shines. You can listen in the dark as it paints a scene for you, or you can cruise down PCH on a sunny afternoon. Either is fine for this flexible work of art.

First Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The original version of this song relied heavily on its angular and mentally disturbed sound. The melody line, drama, and edge gave it an eighties feeling. Now, in this updated arrangement and fuller recording, the potential of this work seems realized. Coastal, rich, yet employing suitably harsh tone and angularity to create danger on the green walls. Very cool.

Surfness dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another song brought forward from their first release in 1999, "Surfness" has been updated with a much more sophisticated and richly emotional arrangement and sound. It's is a moving song with an open road topdown feel. Lots of textures and unusual sounds, and a very pleasant melody line, accented by some nice glissandoes.

Terremotor dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The most surf track here, "Terremotor" is rhythmic and powerful, restrained and dramatic, and very visual. Big drama, impending trauma, and wonderful arranging. The panning muted guitar riffs are very compelling, and the intense building drama is superb.

Lost Island dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The chop chords of "Lost Island" remind me of the Ramones, but there the comparison ends. A scenic melody line creates an image of those dark lines called outsiders. Spirited with anticipation and shouts of joy, this is a very infectious track. A great party romp, as well as a solid work or art. The Grateful Dead-like guitar line in the break near the end is an unexpected shift.