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I Fantomatici - Giustazia Sommariadotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a very interesting disc. Combining spaghetti western, spy, surf, and atmospheric production, this Italian band are charting new territory. Very good writing and engaging ideas.
Picks: Anni Di Piombo, Assalto Alla Diligenza, Asteroide, Costa Esmeralda, Dr. Destino, Gangsters, Gita Al Mare, Mexicono, Mr. Grancho, Operazione Sceicco, Sol Stizio D'Estate, Yuri Gagarin, R.I.P.

Track by Track Review

Anni Di Piombo dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Like a cross between John Barry and Ennio Morricone, "Anni Di Piombo" is a pulsing spaghetti spy song with lots of ominous drama.

Assalto Alla Diligenza dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

"Assalto Alla Diligenza" is a splendid spaghetti western with a galloping rhythm and eerie sound. Haunted by spatial reverb, the moody melody rides a stereo wash of shimmer courtesy vibrato and panned delay. Sound effects of horses and gunshots complete the bandito image.

Asteroide dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Pumping rhythm and tweaky electro-sounds in a dark syrup of sub space danger. Not melodic, but riffy pulsing power.

Costa Esmeralda dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

A fine playful melody strides across a circulating rhythm. "Costa Esmeralda" is very cool and catchy, with a bit of humor and spatial fullness. Fun and engaging.

Dr. Destino dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

An open road adventure kind of song with shimmer and throb from reverb and vibrato. "Dr. Destino" has a definite coastal feeling, and the melody portrays motion. The tribal beat adds drama.

Gangsters dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

This song sports a catchy riff and a light hearted sound. A wash of reverb and atmospherics give it a huge distance, though it's not far away. Bad guys never sound this melodic.

Gita Al Mare dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Light and fluid, playful and warm, "Gita Al Mare" is a fine song for an energized happy day. Pretty without being sappy, and featuring great drums.

Mexicono dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Warm tone and a Spanish influence create a pleasing and fluid sound. The melody is very pleasing and well developed. "Mexicono" seems to smile.

Mr. Grancho dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Stereo vibrato makes "Mr. Grancho" pulse in an atmospheric wash. More riff than melody, but very fun. The uplifting joy of the song is quite evident.

Operazione Sceicco dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Spies on surfboards zigzag between curl riders in search of sleepers. They don't find them, but the hunt is dangerous nonetheless. "Operazione Sceicco" is a nice song with a real espionage feeling and sound.

Sol Stizio D'Estate dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

"Sol Stizio D'Estate" is a very pretty song, with a beautiful melody and broad atmospherics. The muted rhythm and gentle percussion, along with the round bass lines, create a romantic underpinning for the haunting melody.

Yuri Gagarin dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Russian Cosmonaut "Yuri Gagarin" is immortalized in this instrumental. Perhaps a bit like early Laika and the Cosmonauts, the song is decidedly European, yet has a surfable sound.

R.I.P. dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Unlisted at the end of the disc, "R.I.P." is a beautiful and atmospheric song that floats on a sea of reverb and mist. Great percussion and moodiness.