Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Dodecats - MySpacedotdotdotdot
artworkImagine electric violin in the lead role in a power surf trio that stretches out to the artistic hinterland. Violin, bass and drums are a powerful combination. As a reference point, imagine what Dave Wronski working the bow would be like. Where Shig and The Buzz's Yoon Xi Chat brings world class orchestral violin art to uplifting surf music, Uli Bosking goes another direction with urgent and astoundingly dramatic moods. This is not your father's surf music. If you are not ready for a radical adventure, don't go here, but if you are, hold onto your leash!,

Dodecats are from Bremen, Germany. The band is Uli Bosking (electric baritone violin), Christian Lutje (bass), and Maximilian Suhr (drums).
Picks: Ghiribizzo, Espejismo, Bilbo, Anda Ya, Mareao, Voodoochick

Track by Track Review


Ghiribizzo dotdotdot
Gypsy Surf (Instrumental)

You suspect that "Ghiribizzo" is an eastern European surf spectacular, fueled by rapid bow work simulating double picking. You are convinced if this once you hear the violin's glissando. This is a powerful piece.

Espejismo dotdotdotdot
Gypsy Surf (Instrumental)

"Espejismo" is a brooding number with many artful dives and cutbacks. It's not surf per say, yet it's very easy to see a stormy drama on huge waves played out in your mind's eye as this song plays. There's danger and fear here, but also a fatalist's confidence.

Bilbo dotdotdotdot
Gypsy Surf (Instrumental)

Structured like an AABA surf instro, "Bilbo" has a very surfable melody line, and a wonderful break. The slow simulated whammy dips are amazing!

Anda Ya dotdotdotdot
Gypsy Surf (Instrumental)

This is sweetly sad, with some surf moments and lots of post modern angularity. Primarily structured like an instro in AABA format, yet more sophisticated than that implies. I was occasionally reminded of Richard Greene's stunning work on The Blues Project final release Planned Obsolescence, which could be viewed as the first flight of Seatrain, especially when the violin went into a bit of feedback.

Mareao dotdotdotdot
Gypsy Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lovely sad piece that moves gently into emotional territory. It has lots of gentle drama and superb violin work. If you like It's A Beautiful Day, but always thought they were too romantic, this just might be the bridge for you into the world of surf.

Voodoochick dotdotdotdot
Gypsy Surf (Instrumental)

This is very cool! Choppy, urgent, and dark at times. The main sections are not melodic, but are compelling because they suggest disaster ahead. The break is stunning! It's significantly more melodic and laced with slides up and down the neck that create a link to the world of the curl. In some ways, there's an industrial edge here, yet it's not warehouse stark or at all off-putting.