Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Roman Popov - S/T (demo)dotdotdotdot
artworkThere are some really nice tracks on this six song demo. I particularly like "Congratulations Song" because it is very original sounding and really fun.
Picks: Bookeeper's Blues, Oh Tatiana!, Tsunami Soul, Congratulation Song, Old Friends

Track by Track Review


Bookeeper's Blues dotdotdot
Blue Surf (Instrumental)

"Bookeeper's Blues" is a slow bluesy number that combines a surf sense with the groove of the blues. Keys and saxes take it in the blues direction, while the guitar edges into surf.

Oh Tatiana! dotdotdot
Near Surf Blues (Instrumental)

"Oh Tatiana!" is a celebrative song with cool sax honks and a blues at the cove sound. Liquid, cool, sultry, and anticipating play time with a new found friend. "Oh Tatiana!" is an attractive song with warmth and simple pleasures.

Tsunami Soul dotdotdot
Blue Surf (Instrumental)

"Tsunami Soul" has a lot of surf in it, from the tribal drums to the chords and guitar lines, and it uses very bluesy R&B piano and sax. It reminds me of Jim Waller & The Deltas without the organ domination at times. Quite cool!

How Do You Do? dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"How Do You Do?" is a straight blues with saucy sax and a traditional beat. While derivative and jammy as many blues numbers are, it's also very well done, and the plinking piano is very cool!

Congratulation Song dotdotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

A great military beat opens this track, with evolves into one infectious instrumental. The rhythm is too fun, and the bounce of the melody line simply impeccable. "Congratulation Song" will bring you back. I have to say that the upbeat, light hearted nature of the song is really amplified by the superb arrangement. Wonderful!

Old Friends dotdotdotdot
Near Surf Blues (Instrumental)

Shimmering with vibrato and rich tone, and augmented with tasteful piano, "Old Friends" is a very pretty song with a sense of drama like the Challengers used on their Around The World album. Very warm, with a sunset feel and beautiful guitar tone.