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9th Wave - Cruising For Makodotdotdot
artwork9th Wave seem to have captured the spirit of short board fast ride action. There is no shortage of power and attraction in these tracks, but it is more effect oriented than melodic. It employs plenty of drive and punch, and is definitely magnetic.
Picks: Caught In The Whitewater, Spy Man Chase, Cruising For Mako, Long Ride, The Curl, Anxiety Attack, Dragon Wagon

Track by Track Review


Caught In The Whitewater dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Up-tempo powerful chord polished shore pounding... melody shy, but very magnetic. Excellent glissandoes, and a surf jam break, with hot drums through out.

Spy Man Chase dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An interesting backtrack supports this espionage tale of intrigue and fear. Dark and dangerous.

Cruising For Mako dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cruising For Mako" is a powerful track, moody and brooding, and quite magnetic. Big surf for storm riders. Thickly powered and relentless. This is a long track, sporting dramatic drive. Mean.

Long Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moody riff and soulful progression provide a solid foundation for a moody and interesting track. A long slow ride is evident, but more of a ride in the woodie down highway 1 than on a swell. Excellent listening. "Long Ride" is not the Johnny Barakat tune.

The Curl dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mid tempo surf chunk and rolling drums. "The Curl" has a nasty sorta feel, with power and staying power.

Anxiety Attack dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Anxiety Attack" comes complete with nervous energy and a kind of directed disorientation that supports the title.

Dragon Wagon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the opening glissando, "Dragon Wagon" speaks of fast rides and power cut backs. It straddles the fence between trad and post modern, with thundering bass and pounding drums, and dark chords and guitar chunk.