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The Surf Coasters - P.M.dotdotdotdot
artworkAll of the songs on this CD are near-acoustic. Each track is more lush than the previous one, ending with an astoundingly good "Misirlou." Shigeo Naka arranged everything with a genius' knack for soundscapes. The Surf Coasters on this disc are Shigeo Naka - guitar, electric sitar, electric guitar,synthesizer, Nobuhiro Kurita - fretless bass, Naotaka Seki - percussion. The disc was recorded live in late September 2003, mixed at Dutchmama, mastered in the ABS Mastering Room. It's a long ways from traditional surf, but is very surfable, and is a pleasure to listen to!
Picks: Rain Forest, Unknown 1, B.D, Fly Up, Unknown 2, New East, Misirlou

Track by Track Review

Rain Forest dotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Softly played acoustic guitar and atmospheric keys lay out a lush scene through a romantic lens. The melody is very pretty, and the mood set alluring. "Rain Forest" is a major departure for the Surf Coasters into acoustic-land.

Unknown 1 dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Like the first track, acoustic guitar guides the way, but this time with a very pretty pop melody. It's also not solo. There are three guitar tracks, two rhythm hovering around the lead lines. An aquatic vision not unlike Paul Johnson's is at hand. Very nice indeed! This song is titled in Japanese characters, so I have no idea what its English title might be.

B.D dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Effected electric lead and rhythm guitars float on a bed of sunset summer evening. You can easily visualize the orange skies and sparkle of reflected sunset on the water as you look to the west. Peaceful and relaxed, sad the day is gone, yet anticipating slumber yielding to another day of curl and warm air.

Fly Up dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting acoustic reincarnation of the very electric "Fly Up," which has already been morphed from it's original raw rockin' version through ultra thrash live and a classy techie remix. The style is sort of country blues, with hand clapping and bottle neck or lap steel. Warm back porch surf.

Unknown 2 dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing chords and harmonics, spatial keys, and a hauntingly beautiful lead guitar line that's crisp and clean like a slightly electrified acoustic. This Japanese-titled song very pretty and soothing, with a springtime optimism about it. It gets more lush as it progresses. Excellent!

New East dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

"New East" features a warm island sound, like a tropical evening serenade. It's a pretty song with exquisite guitar and fluid bass. It sounds very American, with a flowing melody and warm tone. Excellent track!

Misirlou dotdotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Subtle exotic percussion, rich full fretless bass, slow ringing guitar chords, and spatial reverb create a very cool scene on which a splendid acoustic "Misirlou" floats. There is an immense amount of sensuality here, enhanced by the sitar chords that ring out from behind. The softly dribbled double picked melody lines are superb! This is lush and stunning, and at 5 minutes, a pure aural pleasure!