Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Brazilian Surf Musicdotdotdotdot
artworkMost of these tracks appeared on a compilation called Big Trip 2001, which was very illusive outside Brazil at the time. With the addition of a few other tracks from the same time period, Brazilian Surf Music serves as a wonderful look back to the not to distant past in the surf music of Brazil. Very nice compilation.
Picks: Os Argonautas - Sonadora, Mare Vermilha, Estrume'n'tal - Bolero, Vacalgada, The Gasolines - El Caminho, Tornado, Go! - Tubo da Morte, O Espiao Que Surfava, Limbonautas - Dick Dale Na Terra Da Ipioca, Netunos - 120, Los Sea Dux - Seaducers, Malaria, Frank Simata - Premeiro Cameonato Mineiro de Surf, 3 Dux - Take Over, Pancho, Xevi 50 - Fator de Protecao Solar 50, Out Sider

Track by Track Review


Os Argonautas - Sonadora dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sonadora" is a very interesting Spanish/Middle Eastern flavored tune with the formality of Flamenco and the emotional intensity of a tango. The lush arranging is quite professional, and it lends itself to the exceptional playing and writing. This is a great track.

Os Argonautas - Mare Vermilha dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mare Vermilha" is a crunchy driven surf number with solid guitar, rhythmic percussion, and crunchy glissandos. I'm not sure it conjures vermilion sea images, but it sure does shout "surf's up!" Powerful and magnetic.

Estrume'n'tal - Bolero dotdotdotdot
Thick Intense Surf (Instrumental)

"Bolero" ("Um Apenas, Meu Bem") brings a melodic fluid lead line to a crunchy rhythm and power backtrack. Hugely cool!

Estrume'n'tal - Vacalgada dotdotdotdot
Thick Intense Surf (Instrumental)

The jaws harp adds a kind of inverted hickoidal ethic to this very thick track. "Vacalgada" moves at 80 mph down an open highway, with no lack of charm and power.

The Gasolines - El Caminho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a curiously interesting track. The rhythm section is doing this entirely non-surf thing, while the lead guitar is double picking reverbed surf with Spanish salt water credentials. It's an odd combination that works very well. I find myself coming back to this track frequently.

The Gasolines - Tornado dotdotdotdot
Thick Intense Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked grode groove with aquatic sensibilities and dark themes. The break sports very cool riffs and percussion. "Tornado" powers and grinds, with the dark surf just off shore.

Go! - Tubo da Morte dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

"Tubo da Morte" is a fast punk drummed instro with a speedy lead line and electro noises interspersed. dark and gloomy, yet melodic. Hopelessness surely lurks here.

Go! - O Espiao Que Surfava dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Very aggressive edgy guitar over punk drums, based on a relentless progression. Melodic in places, and satisfying in about 1:45. Very modern, with lots of anger in very dark waters. "O Espiao Que Surfava" is also known as "O Espiao Que Me Amava."

Limbonautas - Dick Dale Na Terra Da Ipioca dotdotdotdot
Punk Surf (Instrumental)

Howling guitar and double picked fury with punk attack and just plain nasty assaultive drive. "Dick Dale Na Terra Da Ipioca" pays definite homage to the man with a verse from "Hava Nagila " and requisite shouts a la "Miserlou." Pretty tuff!

Netunos - 120 dotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

A car starts up and squeals off. The audio is not very good, with a thin distorted artificial sounding stereo sound, yet the punkoidal energy of the performance and thrash nature of the flying notes carries it off. "120" grows on you despite it all.

Los Sea Dux - Seaducers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is very splashy, with lots of rhythm and a fine surf melody. Latin percussion and even a horn section drive this hard. It's like a fast version of the Eliminators with more exotic splash and less chunk. A great infectious track.

Los Sea Dux - Malaria dotdotdotdotdot
Brash Tropical Surf (Instrumental)

Latin groove, splashy surf guitar, rhythmic thunder, and lots of exotic sound. Horns augment some guitar lines, and counter others. Really infectious! Amazingly cool.

Frank Simata - Premeiro Cameonato Mineiro de Surf dotdotdot
Roots Rock (Instrumental)

"Premeiro Cameonato Mineiro de Surf" is based on chunky riff-melodic guitar roots rock with a sense of the shoreline and lots of spunk. Not exactly in the surf groove, yet fits well with surf music. Frank Simata is a band named after Frank Sinatra. "Simata" is something like "kills himself."

3 Dux - Take Over dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Opening with a radio style intro, Dux launch into a very cool riff rockin' rockabilly instro with exotic drums blending the rockabilly style with a bit of Latin More a riff rocker than melodic, yet very cool and infectious.

3 Dux - Pancho dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Spitfire rockabilly splash and groove for a new wave of firebrand rock and roll. The fifties style, modern speed and power, and lots of energy without being overbearing. Infectious, like the Cadillac Angels with an exotic edge. It all ends in a cacophony of gunfire and entropy.

Xevi 50 - Fator de Protecao Solar 50 dotdotdot
Post Surf (Instrumental)

"Fator de Protecao Solar 50" sports a semi-spy sound with dry guitar and a stop-start drama. The guitar sweeps through tonal bands at times, reminding me of the way the Mallards did "Tsunami" live.

Xevi 50 - Out Sider dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Rock instro groove with rockabilly influences and roots sensibilities, like something from Austin on a hot day... very fun, with lots of furious guitar work. Nice track!