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Reef Rider - Beyond The Reefdotdotdotdot
artworkThis first release from Reef Rider is amazing. Very well written and arranged, and played very well. An amazing selection of fresh surf and spaghetti western and fun. A marvelous CD well worth finding.
Picks: Beyond The Reef, Los Cobardes, El Dorado, Body Surfin', El Mazunte, Blueberry Busstop, The Trembler, El Camino, Cumshot, Kinky Cowgirl, Two Sharks, Dance With The Devil, Untitled

Track by Track Review

Beyond The Reef dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrato and damped reverb, and an almost cowboy rhythm, provide the foundation for "Beyond The Reef," which has a Middle eastern edge, and a nervous-on-the-surf sensibility. There's an interesting balance of delicacy and fire here. Mighty fine!

Los Cobardes dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tuff surf and power rides. Intense and adventurous, like an open road race to catch the curl. Exciting and powerful. "Los Cobardes" is dramatic and energized, with double picked guitar lines and plenty of textural changes.

El Dorado dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish chords and damped horses' hooves run under a fine Mexican melody. "El Dorado" is a spaghetti western epic in the best tradition. Excellent rhythmically, and melodically very cool!

Body Surfin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Centurions' grodie "Body Surfin'" is dark and well reverbed, sounding like a cleaner version, with more surfisms than the original. great glissandoes and double picked reverbed rhythms. A fine cover, and the only one out there that I know of.

El Mazunte dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Mazunte" sports a high register damped lead playing a playful melody. The delicacy of this song and the precision of the delivery are matched by its chemistry and fun. Surf whammy chords mark the break for an island feel. Excellent!

Blueberry Busstop dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy chords introduce a surf riff with real sense of the genre, and an enticing rhythm. "Blueberry Busstop" features a great balance between the lead and rhythm guitars, which play off of one another to great effect. Excellent track.

The Trembler dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Trembler" is a slow vibrato exercise that's not exactly dangerous, but is nonetheless not quite safe either. In a fifties mold, like a reverbed Cadillac Angels kinda song.

El Camino dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Camino" is a bouncy semi-polka cowboy song with an infectious rhythm and rich lead guitar. Shouts and hollers accent the amped up energy of the performance. Totally cool!

Cumshot dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a hard driving loud double picked surf rage. It's quite a nod to Dick Dale, with a cross between his modern sound and his older arrangements. Some fine damped high register double picking in the break offsets the low-E grumble of the song. "Cumshot" is a fine song that sounds like an earlier demo, with lower resolution sound.

Kinky Cowgirl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cowboy beat gallops under fine spaghetti melody lines and surf twang. "Kinky Cowgirl" is adventurous and fun, with warmth and charm, and a bucket full of energy. Excellent track.

Two Sharks dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked polka surf that's entirely fun. Lots of fire and flash as the guitars race through a delightful song. The energy and joy of the song will own you. "Two Sharks" is one great song!

Dance With The Devil dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dance With The Devil" is a slow and moody number with a nod to Link Wray and a sense of a dark storm surf. menacing and dangerous, with a detective rhythm. Solid.

Untitled dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Out past the end of "Dance With The Devil" lies a slow and shimmering moody piece with the waves gently lapping the shore. Vibrato and a dirge beat and pace all point to a sad day on the rocks. It ends with a minute plus of faster surf drone, like anger welling up slowly at what the sea has taken from you. Very cool!