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Pollo Del Mar - The Golden Statedotdotdotdotdot
artworkWell, it doesn't get much better than this! the new CD from Pollo Del Mar is simply stunning!
Picks: 7 Sisters, 7 Seas, A Flash Of Green, Red Asphalt, Dripping Springs, TX, Bottom Feeder Boogie, Mare Amniotica, Hall Of The Mountain King, Magyara, UBIK, As Above, So Below, Charlie Don't Surf, UBIK*PG-13

Track by Track Review


7 Sisters, 7 Seas dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"7 Sisters, 7 Seas" features an exotic, tribal, and nearly Indian beat dramatically supporting the kind of melody only Pollo Del Mar can create. This is a spectacular song with danger and mystery, and a sense of open space and shorelines. The gritty rhythm track provides a great contrast to the spatial lead guitar. Thoroughly wonderful!

A Flash Of Green dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Those PDM chords and the lure of the curl are abundant in "A Flash Of Green," which has a delicate whammy sound and coastal adventure feel. There is more than surf here, with writing and arranging that are brilliant. A magnificent song.

Red Asphalt dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Inspired by the CHP gore films from your high school drivers ed. classes, "Red Asphalt" has a dangerous edge, with power and fire and a fine surf rhythm. Great drums and an angular drive.

Dripping Springs, TX dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dripping Springs, TX" is endowed with the mystery and dangerous moodiness of a spaghetti western. It's an open range cactus surf drama perfect for the big screen. With an infectious rhythm and rolling beat, it is a spectacular song, rich in melody and full of visionary outdoor space. Excellent!

Bottom Feeder Boogie dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums launch "Bottom Feeder Boogie" with tribal emotion. Contrasting guitar lines play off each other to create an uneasy sense of being on the run, but just about to be netted. Both unusual and wonderfully intense.

Mare Amniotica dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Born of the sea, "Mare Amniotica" is a stunningly moving piece of music. Slow and very visual, airy and foggy, it's a hauntingly beautiful song. Why Pollo Del Mar hasn't been nabbed for soundtrack work I'll never know, but if ever there was evidence for the case, this is it. Beautiful with sweeping imagery.

Hall Of The Mountain King dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Starting off slowly, gently rising from the bass through the damped reverb, "Hall Of The Mountain King" gradually moves from lush and aquatic through playful and bountiful to nearly manic and shark-like. Pollo Del Mar has reinvented the song through imaginative arranging and exceptionally fine production. Wow!

Magyara dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Magyara" is a marvelous Mediterranean line dance kinda thing that's too groovy for mere words. The fluid writing and arranging talents of the band are crystal clear. Ferenc Dobronyi wrote it for his dad. A fine instro in the tradition of the Mediterranean influences in surf.

UBIK dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Angular tone and dueling guitar lines, a vibrating circular rhythm, distortion and intensity, with surf is just over the crest as dawn approaches. "UBIK" drips surf and sun and adventure. A brilliant piece of writing. very big and powerful, with soaring power.

As Above, So Below dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"As Above, So Below" is a very pretty track that Pollo Del Mar has been playing since their inception. Slow, haunting, and melodic, and it seems finally to have reached its potential. Beautifully eerie and magnetic.

Charlie Don't Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Finally committed to disc, Pollo Del Mar's cut of the Clash's peon to surf has become very VERY surf. The rhythm is infectious, the bass solid, the drums perfect, and the glissandoes right on. A thoroughly wonderful track!

UBIK*PG-13 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A solid live take of "UBIK" with MPEG video is the bonus track here. The incredibly period psychedelic nude dancers add to the seriously swirly feel of the song. If ever there was a visual behind a surfband and liquid psychedelic video mix that portrayed the surf, this is it. Imagine the Fillmore 1967 with a surfband on stage! marvelous!