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Da Surfones - The Girl Who Couldn't Huladotdotdotdot
artworkRising gradually from a fun side project of a Spanish rockabilly band, Da Surfones have developed and redeveloped their songs until they are very cool and very unique. If you hear no other track from this band, you must hear "La Mar i Morena." Totally cool!
Picks: Intro, Pateras en el Estrecho, Surf Atomic a Mururoa, Fried Chicken Can't Run, Platja Nudista, Tempesta, Tendido 69, El Darrer Bottom Turn, Superespia Juan, BDN Surfurbi, La Mar i Morena, The Gypsy Misirlou

Track by Track Review

Intro dotdotdot
Hawaiian (Instrumental)

Intro is a Hawaiian guitar thing with vinyl clicks and pops. A vacation of old comes to mind.

Pateras en el Estrecho dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Pateras en el Estrecho" has become a really cool tune, both gentle and fluid, as well as picturesque, delivering images of afternoon strolls along the shore. The added bongos and edgier guitar rhythm adds a bit of urgency. The melody is very untraditional, but it has a decidedly surf feel.

Surf Atomic a Mururoa dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Super Stocks album track rhythmically churned out, missing the Richie Podolor guitar tone, and relying more on bass thump, but still quite listenable.

Fried Chicken Can't Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Owing much to the inspiration of Link Wray's poultry exercises, but all reverbed out, with damped wet chops and liquid island chords. Pretty cool!

Platja Nudista dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Platja Nudista" is heavily influenced by Robert Mitchum's "Beat Generation," but also says surf out loud. Simply fun, this jams in a beatnik fifties style with twangy guitar. A cool diversion.

Tempesta dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tempesta" is a very cool tune, with a strong lead guitar that plays out an almost laughing melody line. Many changes keep it lively, and the unusual melody structure is very interesting. Unusual and attractive.

Tendido 69 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tendido 69" is a very pretty instro, with excellent damped surf guitar lines. It sports a fluid and gently swaying south of the border flavor. The melody hints of the Bambi Molesters some, but I'm sure it's not inspired by them. The wah wah guitar in the middle is quite cool. Also called "Gypsy Surfer," this is one solid track I keep coming back to!

El Darrer Bottom Turn dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Darrer Bottom Turn" has been cut a couple of times by Da Surfones, and seems to have finally arrived. It's a mid tempo surf tune with a mysterious lead and whammy. Very cool!

Superespia Juan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an excellent song with a sad undertone and optimistic surf melody line. Playful, open road adventurous, and summery. The sax break is very tastefully done. Long ringing chords complete the picture.

BDN Surfurbi dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dribbly surf and a circular melody line with a slightly sad edge. Add some drama, and well executed reverb, and you get a simple but effective surf number. Simply a cool song.

La Mar i Morena dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"La Mar i Morena" sports an interesting blend of sounds and exotic snare with very heavy surf reverb and thundering bass. Very heavy and rhythmic, and attractive in a demanding kinda way. Really unique and modern use of the trad form. Great and frequent glissandos, and plenty of changes!

"La Mar i Morena" is based in a traditional Spanish Xmas song. The translation means something like "The sea and the Black-Haired Girl". The unique introduction is done with a zambomba (Spanish traditional Xmas instrument) plus a liquor ragged bottle and a wooden stick!

The Gypsy Misirlou dotdotdotdot
Gypsy Surf (Instrumental)

This is perhaps one of the most unusual arrangements of "Miserlou" on disc from a surfband. Sort of acoustic, with cool percussion and a live sound. "The Gypsy Misirlou" is found as part two of "La Mar i Morena" following the sea lapping at the shore.