Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Special Agents - Soul Agent
|This is a nice little single from England's The Special Agents, made up of tracks from the Serfbeat release.|
Picks: Soul Agent, Death Probe, Serfbeat
Track by Track Review
Soul Agent is a fun track dominated by a spy riff played on organ. The metronomic beat and rhythm create an contrast to the white-soul sound of the keys. It reminds me at times of the house organs in silent theaters, yet is not antiquated. It's more about the playing style or something. Anyway, "Soul Agent" is a cool track that rides along side sixties soul instros pretty well.
Spy Surf (Instrumental)
Right from the opening air raid siren, you know there's going to be danger. Led by the organ, "Death Probe" is a classy riff dominated track with a kind of dark carnival sound. The guitar is not prominent enough in the mix to be heard adequately over the organ, which is imaginatively swirled and twirled. Nice track.
Organ-a-go-go club sounds and small combo coolness. "Go! Go! Go-Go Girl" is riffy, but fun. The samples break up the repetition, creating a kind of film for your ears.
Funeral Surf (Instrumental)
This live take of "Serfbeat" presents the Special Agents in a more electric setting. Guitar drives a gloomy death wave kind of funeral surf. I like this track best of all the goodies here.