Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Supersonicos - Telekinesisdotdotdotdotdot
artworkIt's been a while since Uruguay's Supersonicos have released a new CD. Boy was this worth the wait! Very consistent, lots of great songs with a tweaky blend of surf and strangitude, and creative arranging. Many tracks feature active panning in the mix. All are richly arranged and thick with all manner of sounds. Vocals include the very cool "Chupacabras," the classy surf ridden "Nerd," the slightly detective-spy "Frecuencia Hawring" with all of it's guitar parts, and the catchy fun sing along epic "Ejercicio."
Picks: Rampal, O Paranormal, Fenomeno, Dr. Strangesurf, Estela De Mar, Pipemind, Melodion, Hypno 500, Senorita Sueno, Devil Delvy, Doblacucharas, Sigue Sigue Spacek, Franco Nero, Psi-lencio

Track by Track Review


Rampal, O Paranormal dotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Against the throb of vibrato and the relentlessness of outer limits circulating guitar lines, the surf guitar and Theremin whack out a melodic and disturbed weirdness. The composition is very unusual, and pretty darn cool!

Fenomeno dotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Surf and frat chunk merge in a fun and adventurous song. "Fenomeno" is a little strange, a little frat-boy basic, slightly surf cool, and always interesting.

Dr. Strangesurf dotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

The title tells it all! "Dr. Strangesurf" is strange, surfy, interesting, catchy, tweaky, and a little unnerving. It's a fine song for the dangerous world of the unbalanced.

Estela De Mar dotdotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

The distant ghostliness of the second guitar and the sultry percussion of "Estela De Mar" add to the intrigue of the melody. This is a fine song with a catchy sound and solid arrangement, perhaps more traditional than most here. The sense of sunset longing sets up the emotional ties.

Pipemind dotdotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Two guitars trade off playing the melody riff while a third plays a damped surf rhythm and glissandoes. "Pipemind" is a short (:44) track with solid bass rumble and excellent drums.

Melodion dotdotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Another excellent song in a more or less traditional mold, though the bridges are a long ways from Balboa '63. "Melodion" is pretty, surf worthy, fluid, and rich. Some of the rhythm lines are very infectious, and the melody line is quite pretty.

Hypno 500 dotdotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

A relentless surf rhythm runs beneath a vibrato shimmered melody line. "Hypno" is a simple surf instro in the grand tradition. Mid tempo silky waves of passion permeate this delicate yet percussive song.

Senorita Sueno dotdotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

The bass softly runs beneath a distant and moody guitar and brushed drums. "Senorita Sueno" is a haunting song, with a disturbed soul lurking just below the water line. Very cool!

Devil Delvy dotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Smooth, quirky, hinting of the old days, lush with many guitar parts, semi-melodic, and rhythmic. This grows on you. So, I presume "Devil Delvy" is dedicated to Richard Delvy!

Doblacucharas dotdotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

"Doblacucharas" is quite an unusual song, with great whammy, very attractive percussion, and a relentlessly smooth bass. haunting, a little celebrative, and attractive. OK, there's a chorus that sings the title for a verse, but it's mostly instro, and very cool.

Sigue Sigue Spacek dotdotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Electro tweak noises introduce this paean to Sissy Spacek (I presume from the title). More chunk and grind charming than surf, yet using damped surf rhythm and loaded with surfisms. Vibrato throb, great percussion, and intriguing panoramics. Tweaky is the watchword.

Franco Nero dotdotdotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

With an almost Christmas sound, "Franco Nero" is an up tempo song with an attractive rhythm, cool changes, and plenty of oomph. It's just odd enough to keep you off balance, yet surf enough to flow really well!

Psi-lencio dotdotdot
Psi-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

Circulating electro weirdness and an echoed melange of sounds... not a drop of surf, but a truly interesting wash of uncomfortable noises that segue through variations in the next two tracks.