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The Hydroids - Sea Of The Oceandotdotdot
artworkThe Hydroids (Roubaix, France) must be about due to get into a good studio. Some great music is not presented in its best light in these murky, perhaps ambient, mono tracks. Very strong performances with lots of power peak through the murk and hint at what the band must surely be able to do. They aren't really mono, but the only hints at stereo are the slightly panned tom toms. No highs, boomy lows, but still some very powerful songs played very well! the Intrepid's Golash is really cool.
Picks: Sea Of The Ocean, Hydrorobots, Goldfinger, Medullar Phasis, Jack The Ripper, Rostbif Attack, Golash

Track by Track Review

Sea Of The Ocean dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The gentle shorebreak lap the shore to bring on "Sea Of The Ocean," which is anything but as placid as brine against the sand. Rapid double picked guitar fires off a dark surf melody against a nearly classic surf beat.

Hydrorobots dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A clockwork gong lightly introduces this heavy surf pounder. "Hydrorobots" is a hard driving song with lots of splash and power. The darkness of the melody is somewhat limited by the demo sound, though I dare say this must really rip live!

Goldfinger dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The theme from the film runs lightly behind dialog at the opening. Once actually into the song, things improve considerably. John Barry's "Goldfinger" is played loud and fast and tuff. Very strong performance.

Medullar Phasis dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Medullar Phasis" is a dark and murky number with fire in its gut. Dramatic and ominous, with unbridled exhilaration. It's odd to hear well developed songs in lo-fi.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yee-gads! Link Wray and his Raymen's awesome "Jack The Ripper" is dark and throbbing and murky and dangerous and... well... it's "Jack The Ripper!" Fast, powerful, and very mean!

Rostbif Attack dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Rostbif Attack" is a very large track with big splashy chords and dark energy. There's big drama here, some great string bending, and a catchy riff. Distortion abounds. not the fuzz type, but the saturated amp type.

Golash dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The tray card says this is "Sunset Surf," but it's neither side of the Truants' single. It is a cover of the Intrepides' "Golash." Spirited as it should be, the The Hydroids romp through it as if it was their own. Very fun.