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El Supernaut - Viva! El Supernautdotdotdotdot
artworkEl Supernaut deliver utterly exuberant surf instros with style and a celebration of the sun. In some ways, the songs are poppy in the sense that they are so happy and melodic. If pop guitar instros had this degree of energy and chemistry, I'd be a fan. But, as long as we have El Supernaut, who needs pop! This is superb musically, and emotionally as happy as it gets without being sappy. Great album!
Picks: Lost In Hollywood, Ode To Mr. Lee And Mr. Harris, Rock The Ataturk, London Calling, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Catch The Rainbow, Das Model, Viva! Viva!, Hava Nagila, Wonderman From Intio, Soldier Of Fortune, Moonsafari, The Last Of Cape Hanko, Nordens Sad, Deaf Man's Surf

Track by Track Review

Lost In Hollywood dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Lost In Hollywood" is a very splashy, upbeat gem. Exuding ample joy, it rides with a uninhibited innocence. Infectious rhythms, inviting melody lines, and a big surf beat. The bass plays very melodic lines.

Ode To Mr. Lee And Mr. Harris dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ode To Mr. Lee And Mr. Harris" rips, with notes pouring off the lead guitar like they were made to dribble. Muted echoed water, strings of pearly notes, and great drums and bass. This is amazing.

Rock The Ataturk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An original rhythm section and complimentary melody almost frolic in a sea of fun and adventure. "Rock The Ataturk" is unlike any other instro I can recall, and yet it feels familiar. Very nicely done!

London Calling dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a well-adapted instrumentalization of The Clash's iconic "London Calling." The break is double picked for more surf edge. Quite a nice cover!

Berlin Alexanderplatz dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big and exuberant, "Berlin Alexanderplatz" splashes with unabashed energy and anticipation. The melody is very pop, and the sound is hard not to like. Big grins!

Catch The Rainbow dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Catch The Rainbow" runs at an easy pace across an open field in search of the rainbow's end. The sound of the song reminds us that it's the search, not the find that matters. Very, very enjoyable!

Das Model dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's interesting to me how "Das Model" has been covered as a surf instro so many times, and yet every interpretation is unique. Here, we have a sparkling and fluid version with superb muted and echoed guitar and very effective bass. Excellent!

Viva! Viva! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Upbeat bouncy, ska chords, sparkling melody lines, and unrestrained energy. Chants of "viva" add flair. It's hard to hold this one back!

Hava Nagila dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy reverb on the drums, dark and heavy guitar, bass thunder. In many ways, this is an original thrash on "Hava Nagila," and it's darn fast, but it's also very traditional. Where many rock, this version celebrates the title's meaning (Let's Rejoice). Wonderful!

Wonderman From Intio dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very spunky and double picked for fun. "Wonderman From Intio" is an all-grin charge through happy times on glassy walls. Very fun!

Soldier Of Fortune dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Soft guitars play counter melodies that soothe and relax. The sad but beautiful song is an easy listen. Adventurous, loud in a soaring soul soothing way, and liquid smooth. Whistling keys add sadness.

Moonsafari dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of reverb on the drum kit, and dribbling guitar with a fine bass line. I think this is a The Quiets cover. The muted flash chops are superb! Lots to like here!

The Last Of Cape Hanko dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drama chords chop and echo with the bass to open, then the ska rhythm and bass grin with superb percussion. The melody is very endearing. "The Last Of Cape Hanko" is a wonderful song!

Nordens Sad dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Nordens Sad" rocks with exuberance. A big drum beat, lots of echo and 'verb, and a very good bass line. The double picked verses are so very surfy.

Deaf Man's Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Beethoven's "Beethoven's Ninth Symphony" is the fodder of this surf romp. Double picked and raucous, upbeat, and celebratory. The muted lines are cool, as is the whole track. Big surf chords and drum action.