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Cosmonauti - Featuring Sea Storm [Surf's Up! Vol. 4]dotdotdot
artworkWell, maybe there's hope for Italian surf. I Cosmonauti seem to have a grasp of the genre. Spirited and fun.
Picks: Hawaii Five-0, (Death Of A) Matador, Sea Storm, The Cossack

Track by Track Review


Hawaii Five-0 dot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very pedestrian performance and a dreadful mix.

(Death Of A) Matador dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool double picked original with a fiery delivery. It's a bit of a tango and is blessed with twinges of "Malaguena." A very nice low-E pounder - intense and powerful. I like it better here than alone on comps, where it has appeared before. It has plenty of solid energy.

Sea Storm dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Italy's I Cosmonauti have created a really cool and moody number here, with a mysterious air and a trad sound. The damped second guitar is spot-on, and the melody is strong and infectious. This is solid driving surf, with touches of "Run Away" drama and the sounds of the surf. This is the sort of thing Jon & the Nightriders might do, though not as well recorded. Solid surf!

The Cossack dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast & furious cover of Jim Messina's blaster.