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- Danger Beach by RPS Surfers
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Well knock me down! It's a surf record, from Israel! I guess the review gods are smiling on me this week because after a couple of fairly dry weeks I've finally come across some absolute gems.
What these guys are doing, then, is an energetic take on '60s instrumental surf with fast, danceable rhythms, bright organ, and of course lots of twangy guitar. Interestingly, they mix in some Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, with mandolin, accordion and darbukas all making appearances. The title track's mournful trumpeting and marching-band snare work even has a slightly mariachi feel, which returns in 'Poseidon Mahalo' but in a more laid back almost Y Niwl-ish style.
While the influences are coming in from all over the shop, RPS Surfers have a sound which is lively and coherent. Surf has always had a Middle Eastern influence anyway, one of Dick Dale's best loved songs was his scorching surf guitar take on 'Hava Nagila' after all, but these guys aren't in such a hurry as Dick, none of his frantic tremolo style, it's more twangy like somewhere between The Ventures, Jerry Cole & His Spacemen and The Lively Ones.
They expertly manoeuvre their way through various surf tropes with a cheeky glee which it's hard not to get on board with. If I saw these guys live I would dance my arse off. Great stuff!
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