Pollo Del Mar

August 19, 2005

From the proto-punk stylings of Dick Dale, to the majestic soundscapes of the Mermen, it’s obvious that surf music can take on many different forms. Northern California quartet Pollo Del Mar, and its guitarists Ferenc Dobronyi and Jono Jones, contribute to the genre’s oeuvre by crafting lilting, cinematic vistas, without ever losing sight of surf’s classic melodic sensibilities. Harnessing copious amounts of echo, reverb, and (gasp) distortion, Dobronyi and Jones weave around each other beautifully, whether they’re going full-on trippy (“As Above, So Below”) or playing it straight (the Clash’s “Charlie Don’t Surf). Very well done. Musick.

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