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by The Madeira

The Madeira plays surf music born of screaming wind over the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, deafening echoes of waves pounding the Gibraltar Rock, joyous late-night gypsy dances in the small towns of Andalucia, and exotic cacophony of the Marrakesh town
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sun & Sand
0:55 $0.99
2. Sandstorm!
3:31 $0.99
3. Cordoba
2:58 $0.99
4. El Caliph
4:13 $0.99
5. Burning Mirage
2:35 $0.99
6. Rogue Wave
2:51 $0.99
7. The Secret Route
2:55 $0.99
8. Desert Drums
4:10 $0.99
9. Ricochet
3:17 $0.99
10. Crescent Moon
3:54 $0.99
11. Across the Dunes
3:54 $0.99
12. Express to Baghdad
2:36 $0.99
13. The Oasis
3:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
It's the debut CD by The Madeira, a new Michigan-based combo led by Ivan Pongracic (formerly of The Space Cossacks). If you liked his former band (and who didn't?) you will absolutely flip over his new combo. In some ways this is probably similar to what a 3rd 'Cossacks CD would have sounded like, but he takes this group in directions that perhaps wouldn't have been possible before. It's got 13 great tunes (only one cover - they're saving the rest of the covers recorded during the sesions for this CD for a seperate CD-EP release set for 2006). Phil Dirt, Rick of The Volcanos and others were blown away when they heard advance copies of this release - this is sure to be one of the top releases of 2005!



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Surfing the outer reaches of space, They landed in the far deasert.
From The Space Cossacks to the Madeira is like a caterpillar
into the butterfly. The music keeps evolving and is always new and one of a kind. This cd is like a shot of adrenaline for the surf sound. You will enjoy it. I wonder what Ivan will come up with next? It would be another AWSOME change for surf. Until then CRANK IT BABY!

Soul Rider

This CD rocks...
This CD really gets the fire in the belly burning. Highly recommended for people who like energetic and way melodic tunes. Makes you think of the ocean even when you can't get there. Ripped this and made it into one of my mountain biking playlists...oooh.

Alex Hoffman

One of the best new surf bands
The Madeira's Sandstorm is probably the best surf album of 2005/2006. It's familiar in that it picks up where the Space Cossacks left off, but remains unique due to its middle eastern surf sound. The band has an energy that rivals most surf bands and their melodies are original and never boring. The hilights of the album include Burning Mirage, Rogue Wave and The Secret Route.

Brian Parrish - Casbah Radio KSYM 90.1 FM

I really really really REALLY dig that Madiera CD! Ivan is on fire...
I really really really REALLY dig that Madiera CD! Ivan is on fire... his Eastern Euro sound slathers up sunscreen, fries a little falafel, and rides roughshod across a desert of sounds. 2005 was a great year for instro... sounds like 2006 will be better!


Brian Parrish,
host of the Casbah

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KSYM 90.1 FM, San Antonio
Saturday nights 7-9pm CST

Danny Snyder

Sandstorm is right, it's like I'm on a flying carpet...
I just finished listening to the Madeira's brand new CD Sandstorm. I
urge all of you who haven't already bought this CD to do so.

We musicians have in common an extra sensitivity to music that really
speaks to our souls or is true art. For me, my indicator is when I
feel the little hairs on my neck stick up. I felt that when I first
heard The Mermen, when I heard Slacktone, and now - The Madeira.

There's a density to this music, there's lots going on, enough to amply
reward repeated listening. This isn't music to listen to driving your
car or surfing the net. You need to sit down in your most comfortable
chair, dim the lights maybe, and let these guys take you on an amazing
journey. Sandstorm is right, it's like I'm on a flying carpet propelled
by the whirling dervishes of this music.

I may not reach the levels of musicianship of these guys, nor craft
such inventive, dramatic music. But after listening to this CD, I'm
certainly inspired to try, and to emulate not the music itself, but the
care these musicians took to fully explore their musical ideas. They
may not get rich making this music, or even get to share this with a
wide audience, but this CD stands as an artistic achievement and they
should be proud.

Danny Snyder
Oakland, CA