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The Calrizians - Sleep On It (demo)dotdotdotdot
artworkToronto's Calrizians are very original and liquid cool. The ringing tones of surf and flowing melodies with drama and sophistication. Even when covering standards in relatively straight form, their sound and musicianship shine through. I'd like to hear lots more from this band.
Picks: Sleep On It, Call Me Evil, Lullaby Of The Leaves, Hernando's Hideaway

Track by Track Review

Sleep On It dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums and island shimmer set a sensual mood as "Sleep On It" unfolds. It's a lovely song with a slight dark side and incredible draw. The main melody draws you into a sense of relaxed afternoon, but the tribal breaks make you realize that all is not what it seems. Excellent!

Call Me Evil dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark throbbing moods and angry chords use a progression to create a sense of danger, while the melody line sweeps you along with a more fluid sense of optimism than the Blondie original. The almost morose break borders on metal darkness without giving in to its tonality. This is very cool!

Lullaby Of The Leaves dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very traditional (as in Ventures) version of Bernice Petiere and Joe Young's "Lullaby Of The Leaves." No new ground is broken, but this sure is a fine track. Just slightly edgy, and yet very reverent with its groovy whammy.

Hernando's Hideaway dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is sinewy and delicately reverbed version of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross's 1954 tune for the musical The Pajama Game. It's done with one eye on lounge and one on surf. Really cool!