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Chris Brian Gussa - Full Moon Over Cancun (A Surf Mambo Guitar Experience)dotdotdot
artworkThe "King Of Background Music" is much more than that. Yes, the album would serve that purpose well, but there are several tracks here with excellent surf guitar and melodies that are well arranged and command attention directly. Beautiful and lush, and very well thought out. Not surf in the classic sense, but not far from the niche that the Aqua Velvets sometimes inhabit either.
Picks: Full Moon In Cancun, Welcome To Paradise, Moonlight Mambo, Be Pacific, Los Gatos de los Noches, Suenos de Colombia, I Can't Even See The Shore, The Tiki Hut, The Blue Iguana

Track by Track Review


Full Moon In Cancun dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Full Moon In Cancun" is a pretty song that sets a scene for an afternoon adventure. Two acoustic guitars play a bouncing song with a zippy sound.

Welcome To Paradise dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

The shorebreak laps gently, exotic birds call, piano plays a slushy set of lines, the electric guitar moodily talks a near-surf language, and the acoustic calls to Mexico. Quite a nice track.

Moonlight Mambo dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Surf guitars play against one another to deliver a beautiful melody with island whammy and an infectious rhythm delivered via piano and percussion. "Moonlight Mambo" is a compelling and beautiful track.

Be Pacific dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Clever title! "Be Pacific" is a moody piece, with a surf guitars gently supporting each other. Very pretty.

Los Gatos de los Noches dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

The kitties of the evening meander the alleys in search of kitty mischief in old Mexico. All acoustic and lovely.

Suenos de Colombia dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Suenos de Colombia" is a very pretty song with a magnetic and scenic quality. Images of villages in the Andes and misty mountains emote from the music. Very nice.

I Can't Even See The Shore dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"I Can't Even See The Shore" is a delightful instro with lovely whammy chords and gentle twang. Warm, rising and falling with gentle swells, and quite relaxed. Just drifting with the aroma of the shore barely there.

The Tiki Hut dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"The Tiki Hut" is a playful and inviting track with lots of old Mexico flavor. Street vendors, fishing boats, and warm breezes!

The Blue Iguana dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Not very lizard-like, "The Blue Iguana" is lush and tropical, Mexican warm, and softly dramatic. A very fluid song with passport required.