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Daikaiju - Monster Surfdotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R is quite a nice surprise. From out of obscurity comes a very artful instrumental group writing sophisticated and very listenable music, playing like they mean it, and capturing the listener. There are a few parallels to Monster Pete and the Chiefs at times, and many changes in each song. Adventurous instrumentals with hints of surf, reggae, rock, ska, and monsters. An excellent set of music.
Picks: Daikaiju Die, Attack Of The Crab Women, Showdown In Shinjuku, Farewell To Monster Island, Incognito, Route Nowhere

Track by Track Review

Daikaiju Die dotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

A big whammy extra chunky metronomic melody riff and beat drive this aggressive rocker home. It's a changing track with an odd second part that's way more melodic and inviting than the main body of the song. The third part is a grand double picked epic that could stand alone, as could the beautifully fluid fourth part. The end is the same arrangement as the beginning. Fine track.

Attack Of The Crab Women dotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

Aggressive and delicate, "Attack Of The Crab Women" sports a rolling drum beat and a disjointed melody riff that leaves you ill at ease. Very effective and interesting.

Showdown In Shinjuku dotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

Dramatic and thrashy, with angular spy ethics, "Showdown In Shinjuku" grates on the nerves of a calm afternoon, like a visit from the FBI.

Farewell To Monster Island dotdotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

This track is on the softer side, with more surf reverb, and a delicate guitar line. The Reggae underpinnings and tropical drums are pretty cool. The live sound is less than desirable, but the song requires listening. It's long (over eight minutes), and artfully arranged. The merger of surf and prog and tropical makes it shine.

Incognito dotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

Delicate precision playful picking and a bouncy rockin' beat... "Incognito" is fun and sports fine writing. It swirls around a riff in circular patterns. Delicate damped plucking thrashing a playful riff in the same way that Monster Pete and the Chiefs can, Daikaiju drive this happy excursion home with energy and smiles. Totally enjoyable!

Route Nowhere dotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

"Route Nowhere" is a richly developed piece, with sub-fusion guitar runs and aquatic vision. Very nice, especially the semi-ska beat and tight double picking.