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The Special Agents - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkEngland's Special Agents pose an interesting question... just oh far can you push the surf 'n' spy connection. While the first track here is spy oriented, the second surely isn't, and the last two are downright mean lumbering monsters. The four tracks from their cassette demo are here... now we just need a whole CD.
Picks: Praying To The Special Agent, Her Majesty's Secret Surfers, Serfbeat, The Lunar Sea

Track by Track Review


Praying To The Special Agent dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Opens with a scared little girl girl "Praying To The Special Agent." The track is a riff rock number with spy tones and lines. Not as melodic as I'd like, but nice glissandoes, solid rhythms, and tasteful playing.

Her Majesty's Secret Surfers dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

You can just see Sean Connery on a longboard... well, maybe not. "Her Majesty's Secret Surfers" has a pleasant Spanish feel to the melody, or maybe a vacation in the tropics... some escape at any rate. This is melodic, moderately paced, relaxed, and quite cool... even the chorus.

Serfbeat dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

There's an opening sampled intro about wiping out threatening alternative when they endanger ordered society. "Serf Beat" is slow, moody, lumbering, and melodic. Darkness from the shadows of some evil surf subculture... surf nazis must die. No, it's not a play on Dick Dale's "Surf Beat."

The Lunar Sea dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Slow moody soundscapes ooze from the effected guitar swells as "The Lunar Sea" flows across the ocean's surface. This is really spooky,m and very cool indeed. Haunting, mysterious, ominous, and chilling. The keys are ghostly, and the careful use of stereo reverb in the mix places you in a huge place from which you may not escape. Excellent.