Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Surferigno - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkA fine studio album from Surferigno that's very sophisticated in terms of arrangements and writing. This is much more than surf, with elements of early prog and spaghetti western film scores. Thoroughly cool!
Picks: Prelude au Party, Le Party, Magnum, Carter Valentine, Mr. Lou, Requiem, Tokyo, Panique a Tokyo, L'Agent, Hommage a Duane Eddy, Honolulu Nocturne, Honolulu Nocturne 2, Prelude a la peste, La Peste, Prelude au Requiem 2, Requiem, Magnum, Magnum, Disco en Fa#, La Peste, Lunar, Finale

Track by Track Review


Prelude au Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an extremely short introductory sequence, but you knew that, didn't you?

Le Party dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Le Party" sports a fine melody and mid tempo pace that's inviting and sultry. Clapping along and party grinning oddly add to the mix. This is a fine track!

Magnum dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Not ballistic at all, perhaps "Magnum" is titled for the liquid measure or the bulbous Dodge. It matters not, 'cuz it's a fine song with an excellent melody and sparkling guitar sequence in the break. The arrangement is sophisticated, while not leaving the rock'n'roll platform. Mysterious and superbly engaging.

Carter Valentine dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the dangerous side, "Carter Valentine" delivers an adventure in unseen risk and confident over coming there of. Great chop and power, with a big vision. Surf for a different time.

Mr. Lou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The title led me to wrongly expect a version of "Miserlou." Instead it's an almost Ventures meets Duane Eddy spy song. Interesting, rhythmic, and compelling, with a circular riff and whammy dipped guitar lines. Very cool!

Requiem dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a splendid track! The bounce in the beat and the fun in the sultry guitar are superb. "Requiem" literally prances in your ears. Wonderfully infectious rhythma nd guitar lines all aglow in liquid reverb and smiles. Superb!

Tokyo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A four second super-brief guitar line.

Panique a Tokyo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This version of "Panic In Tokyo," a really solid. Great drums and hot guitar. An excellent surfy track!

L'Agent dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a short guitar cycle.

Hommage a Duane Eddy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More surf than Duane, except for the sustain, which only hints at the sound that Al Casey created for Mr. Eddy. Playful surf and riffs galore. Its lumbering pace cries for longboards on a hot afternoon, while the feedback tells the tale of danger.

Honolulu Nocturne dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Honolulu Nocturne" is very Hawaiian-esq. The lovely tone and chords sing of island breezes and grass skirts. It's simply beautiful!

Honolulu Nocturne 2 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Acoustic guitar delivers the island image.

Prelude a la peste dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A teeny tiny bit of feedback and acoustic guitars.

La Peste dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Evil danger lurks in the forest deep. A very cool marching beat and throbbing tremolo guitar deliver a deliberate track with a very serious side, much like an Enio Morrecone epic.

Prelude au Requiem 2 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Brevity in motion.

Requiem dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rockin' and stompin' with great drums in motion. Classical drama and intense one-note distress. Big chords whammified to bring a chill. With all the pomp of a spaghetti western and the charm of the surf, "Requiem" fills the air with hair-raising power.

Magnum dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Briefly brief and edgy.

Magnum dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Briefly brief and edgy.

Disco en Fa# dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A dsico beat of sorts runs under a kind of spaghetti melody that's very cool. Lots of sophisticated drama here, and the sadness of a gypsy melody too.

La Peste dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"La Peste" is a long leaning piece that reminds me of a siren's call. Dangerous, forbidding, and down-moody. It's a bit stiff in the beat, not playing, but intentionally metronomic, while the guitar throbs chords. Quite cool.

Lunar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich and lumbering at times, precise at others. Drums make it more than the heavy metal dirge that rides atop parts of it. "Lunar" reminds me of some Italian prog of the early seventies, at least in general drift.

Finale dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

And more brevity to close the set, this time backwards.