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9th Wave - Hurricanedotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the new release from 9th Wave, who use a reggae soul and surf sense to create a unique vision of the waves. Stunningly good new material amidst a few tracks from earlier work. This release is much more adventurous than their earlier releases, and shows significant maturing as a band, both in writing and playing, as well as more complimentary production on the newer tracks. There's plenty of different sounds, from cowboy to reggae to surf, and not a dog in the lot.
Picks: Hurricane, Blue Tiki Wave, Get Sleazy, Short Board Action, No Surf Today, Sci Fi Spy, Spy Lounge, Road Agent Rumble, Snake Charmer, Outlaw Trail, Cocktails On The Beach, The Curl, Jah Surf

Track by Track Review

Hurricane dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cool tune, with heavy double picking and watery whammy chords. Punchy percussion, and a catchy riff, coupled with solid bass and drums. "Hurricane" is big and very cool, like a moodier more modern "High Tide."

Blue Tiki Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Here we find semi suave tune that opens with a silky bass line, passes through a very "tiki" verse that plays through the rest of the track as a backing. The lead comes in and continues with a haunting melody riff, broken by an unusual chord progression. All in all, a very unique track that seems to float in RAM long after moving on to other things.

Get Sleazy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This begins in a chord progression that led me to a wrong conclusion, corrected when the lead work began. "Get Sleazy" sports a big twang chord structure, and a bit of a noodly solo guitar, yet seems to please the senses. It's loud and powerful, without being assaultive.

Short Board Action dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rhythmic damped chop supports a slightly ominous riff and big glissandoes that bring images of gray storm surf and large predators.

No Surf Today dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"No Surf Today" is a lazy afternoon lament played out while waiting for the flattest of seas to rise... island scenes, summer breezes, disappointment at the lack of curl. All in all, quite a nice track.

Sci Fi Spy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little tweakiness, an infectious low key rhythm, a flute, and damped reverbed surf playing across the speakers. The flute give this an almost classical air. Another most unusual tune from 9th Wave.

Spy Lounge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A big of a loungy-spy melody, maybe inspired by Henry Mancini, and some beautiful shallow whammy on the chords. While understated, this is actually quite powerful, with a subtle edge and haunting attraction.

Road Agent Rumble dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nice riff here, with a solid reverb sound and great drums. The double picked mid section is fluid, and the crashing glissando breaks reveal the pounding surf. Moody, sultry, twangy, and urgent. The drummer is without a doubt the big star here, solid and tribal, and in perfect support while providing great accent to the track.

Snake Charmer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The flute takes a significant role as the track lays out a middle eastern mystique. Somewhat haunting, definitely mysterious, and quite visual, "Snake Charmer" conjures the smell of scented oils and barbecue chips... yes, it's a romanticized tourist thing to portray such scenes, but they sure do work. Great track, with tribal drums and gobs of charm.

Outlaw Trail dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An infectious cowboy beat, hinting slightly of "Popcorn," drives a gray sky on the cattle drive sorta melody. A little "Luther Plays The Boogie" feel, some cool cactus juice, and a galloping bronco or two. Very good track.

Cocktails On The Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the cabaña on the tropical beach, this splashy number is warm and inviting. "Cocktails On The Beach" sparkles like a good ginger ale in a tall glass held by a tropical queen. Where's my plane ticket?

The Curl dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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

Jah Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tropical drums, rumbly lowdown bass, slow metered pace, reverby chords and reggae rhythm come together here to create a short and soothing summer breeze experience. Too bad it's not a lot longer.