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The Swamis - Hearing Test EPdotdotdot
artwork4 song CD-EP from San Francisco's latest spy-surf band. I reviewed the first track some time back from an advance DAT, and I still do not like it. The other three tracks are great. They have a grand sense of humor, and a wonderful sense of arrangement.
Picks: Moonbuggy, The Drop Zone, Ayo, Swami Shot

Track by Track Review


Moonbuggy dotdotdot
Gimmicky Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Spy flick John Barry-ish tune with shouts of "Moonbuggy" a la gimmicky 60's singles. Not my cup of tea.

The Drop Zone dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Melodic & spy like. Nice pacing and clean sound. Single note melody line.

Ayo dotdotdotdot
Latin Surf (Instrumental)

Amp buzz... cool Latin number. The bass is too big in the mix. Cha cha surf party! Very happy and infectious. I like it a lot, despite the recording issues.

Swami Shot dotdotdot
Surf Ska (Instrumental)

Ska surf & infectious rhythms. Not much direction, but very fun.