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This Spy Surfs - This Spy Surfs (2SPY32904)dotdot
artworkThis is the first a series of music releases on CD-R from This Spy Surfs. They all display a lack of chemistry and maturity, as is usually the case when there isn't really a band to develop arrangements with. Sequenced back tracks underpin guitar melodies, some of which show promise.
Picks: Surf Goddess, Spy Beach, Thunder Bolt Beach, Faux West, Spectres Walk (Spectre Swing)

Track by Track Review


Surf Goddess dotdotdot
Soft Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf Goddess" is a silky shiny guitar instro with an island slither and moody backing. The melody is unusual, yet it seems familiar in it's natural flow. Very pretty and sunset cool.

Spy Beach dotdotdot
Soft Surf (Instrumental)

This track sports a surfable rhythm and sound, with warmth and round bass. The melody is pretty and on the adventurous side. There are rock and spy and surf elements here. The bent string twang midway is just enough to be compelling,and not so much it's gimmicky. It adds a bit of disquieting tension. Very cool track.

Thunder Bolt Beach dotdotdotdot
Soft Surf (Instrumental)

This is barnyard goofy and very fun. It's warm, friendly, light hearted, and very original. There are some parts that remind me of Buzzy Frets and his Surfabilly Orchestra. You cannot listen to this without grinning.

Faux West dotdotdot
Soft Surf (Instrumental)

"Faux West" is just what its title suggests, a cowboy epic gone all watery. The melody is cool, and the ideas good. Some tentative playing limits the track, but the kernel of the song is very good.

Spectres Walk (Spectre Swing) dotdotdot
Soft Surf (Instrumental)

This is a semi-silly number with plucking fun and a swing-like beat. The walking bass line carries you through the space walk.