Sand Surf Sea & Sky
'SandSurfSea&Sky' paints emotional and melodic beach, sky, and seascapes. Songs genres include bossa nova, pop, inventive rock, folk, reggae, and tango. Poetic lyrics depict 14 scenes worthy of attention. The sound is intimate, yet non-invasive: mostly acoustic instrumentation, compelling rhythms, and a rich voice. Ghosts, a haunting tribute, and the light-hearted Beginner's Luck, which rides a reggae groove to guitar, trumpet, and organ sounds, hint at the breadth of the album's compositions. In richly textured arrangements, an array of instruments, from a-gó-gó and birembau to vibraphone and wind tube, weave seamlessly with lyrics and voice. Bandoneon, piano, acoustic guitar, and castanets give Tango de los Desaparecidos a vibrant, soulful sound. Patrícia Angelica, the lone song with Portuguese lyrics, flows to gentle Brazilian rhythms. Snow and (ellipse) feature non-standard guitar tunings and resound with a vivid, dreamy quality. Lyrics of Count on You, a pop tune, feature wordplay on ordinal and cardinal numbers. 'SandSurfSea&Sky' is subtly engaging. It invites and refreshes like a tropic breeze in mid-winter. The mellow, sultry sounds and great lyrics are perfect for romantic or solitary listening. The album can be satisfying, as well, when played as soft background or mood music. You won't tire of listening to this one.