Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
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artworkTrad fans beware. This is NOT your father's surf music. Let's just say that you've probably never hear surf music like this! The band's own propaganda really says it best: "You're somewhere off the far end, off the edge of the map, someplace exotic. You don't know the language or recognize the terrain but are enthralled by it anyway.

.WAV founded by Vessela Stoyanova and Troy Kidwell, play upbeat international rock and jazzy arrangements of Balkan folk songs.

'As the world gets smaller music is getting a much more global audience and will reflect that in a more international sound,' proclaims Vessela.

THIS ISN'T ONE OF THOSE WORLD MUSIC BANDS WITH WOODEN FLUTES AND SYNTHS...THIS BURNS!

Wicked ethno-groove drumming, metal guitar and gypsy violin pulling you out of your seat or into your headphones, chilling you out and giving you a salsa slap on the ass!

'There were people in Yugoslavia and Uruguay listening to Guns-N-Roses in high school just like I was." Troy says "now you get musicians who are bringing that kind of energy to their traditional music.'

It's world/rock fusion music coming at us from the other direction."
Picks: The Wedge, 17/16

Track by Track Review


The Wedge dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What an amazing piece of music. Vibraphone as lead instrument, traditional Mediterranean violin and aural textures, surf drums and a rock'n'roll attitude. This is rousing and primal, full of the energy of Dick Dale's version, with violin that reminds me of Sugarcane Harris' playing in Pure Food and Drug Act. At 10 minutes, it covers a lot of ground, with a long adventure in improvisation between thoroughly surf-worthy onslaughts. Amazing!

17/16 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a melody somewhat reminiscent of a more Mediterranean rewriting of the Tandem's "The Rising Surf," this track is jazzy and exotic and sweetly sensual. The female voice provides a kind of scat singing melody line in places. Great violin and vibes. Great percussion.