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The Wetsuits - The Golden Tones Of The Wetsuitsdotdotdot
artworkAustralia's Wetsuits blend lounge, surf, and generous portions of cheesy grins to create a totally enjoyable listening experience. The surf edge is subservient to the lounge, yet present in most tracks. Quite a cool CD.
Picks: Flight Plan, Out Of Limits, Safari-So-Good, A Shot In The Dark, Doctor Who, Little Storping, Foggy Morning, Dangerman, Casino Moon, Man Of Mystery, Department S, Callan

Track by Track Review


Flight Plan dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Console organ whirls beneath loungy guitar chords over an inviting rhythm track. "Flight Plan" is an adventure in an airport lounge while waiting to board. The melody line has a sense of "Endless Summer" about it, but from a distant tarmac.

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

This Mar-Kets' tune is a perfect vehicle for these loungy cats to veer off on their own private wave. The polite approach is wistful and almost Mister Rogers in its innocence. Very cool!

Safari-So-Good dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

The delicate damped rhythm guitar supports the friendly lead as it splashes carefree sunsets and excursions to the far away secret spots of the world. Infectious and fluid.

A Shot In The Dark dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's often covered "A Shot In The Dark" gets a new does of cool-slushy at the hands of the Wetsuits. Verby and cheesy, and pretend period fun. The grins on the lads' faces come right through the monitors.

Doctor Who dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

The theme to England's long lived TV sci-fi series seems almost too appropriate here. Organ whirl and lowbrow effects, just as cheesy as the series.

Little Storping dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

"Little Storping" features a henry Mancini kinda bass line and high school sci-fi sound. Amid sax honks and keyboards swirls lie the soft underbelly of the secret love we have for low budget black and whites. A little storping goes a long way.

Foggy Morning dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

"Foggy Morning" is a soft and virtually liquid view of a the quiet of the fog. Very pretty indeed!

Dangerman dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Edgy and beat dominated, "Dangerman" sports distortion and grumbly fuzz bass. The animated melody is fun and a little dangerous. The organ plays a subservient role to the scratchy guitar.

Casino Moon dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

This is a sorta Link Wray like riff rocker, thick and traditionally structured in an AABA progression, but with a more adventurous bridge than many. Fun and edgy.

Man Of Mystery dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

The Shadows' "Man Of Mystery" is nicely done, with reverence and without copying the Hank Marvin sound, making one of the cooler covers. tasteful, loungy, and slightly aquatic.

Department S dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Dramatic and cheesy, "Department S" swirls with cool organ and damped surf reverb rhythm. The melody is sad, yet the rest of the players invoke optimism and innocence. Very suave, and very inviting.

Callan dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Surf guitar, vibratoed for danger, and cheesy organ (in the good way), combine with a backtrack of haunting and well developed depth to create a scene of graveyard sadness.