Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|This is the first demo from Russia's first surf band. There are two mixes of "Europe" on this disc, each with its own character. Spoilers blend a rich Russian tradition with west coast surf for a fresh and very listenable result. I'm looking forward to a whole album one day soon.|
Picks: Europe, Europe (alt. mix)
Track by Track Review
"Europe" is a very pretty song with a fine melody steeped in surf and sad Russian traditional music. Its guarded optimism and moderate pace convey anticipation of the surf that's rising slowly from the soup after a storm.
This mix is clean mono, appropriately mixed for best effect. Quite nice!
This mix of "Europe" is more ambient and stereo. Like a surf epic rising from the back of an abandoned warehouse, this mix is not as effective, though it seems to work OK with this fine song.