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Ancient Winds

by The Madeira

One of the world's premier surf and instrumental rock combos, their fourth full-length studio album is their best yet with stunning guitar work - features songwriting collaborations with members of The Atlantics, The TomorrowMen and the Aqualads.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Journey to the Center of the Surf
3:20 $0.99
2. Hail, Poseidon!
3:53 $0.99
3. Ancient Winds
2:47 $0.99
4. Sirena
2:44 $0.99
5. Caravela
3:32 $0.99
6. Farthest Shore
3:06 $0.99
7. Dawn in Cadiz
3:40 $0.99
8. Coral Island
2:12 $0.99
9. Prelude to Launch
2:36 $0.99
10. The Argonaut
3:38 $0.99
11. Here Be Dragons
4:04 $0.99
12. Leviathan
3:26 $0.99
13. Into the Deep
4:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
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 square. It is the surf music of the millennia-old Mediterranean mysteries.

Led by guitarist Ivan Pongracic of the legendary Space Cossacks, this great band has put out four full-length CD’s, a live CD and a CD-EP on Double Crown Records. The band continues to play live, having played at the Surf Guitar 101 Convention in California and the Surfer Joe Festival in Italy.

Their previous studio CD, Tribal Fires, was named as the runner-up in Pipeline Instrumental Review's "Album Of The Year" awards for 2012.

Ancient Winds is their best work to date, featuring 12 original songs as well as a cover of The Atlantics' "Coral Island". Several of the songs were collaborations with some of the premier guitarists and songwriters of the last 50 years, including Jim Skiathitis of The Atlantics, Danny Snyder of The TomorrowMen, Jeremy Dehart of the Aqualads and Alex Faide of Los Kahunas. Original cover art was created by Lorraine Schleter and CD layout by Ferenc Dobronyi.



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Danny Snyder

This album proves that The Madeira are the best instro surf band active today
The Madeira’s new album - Ancient Winds - reinforces the band’s place at the pantheon of currently active instrumental surf bands. The Madeira already have an impressive body of work that contains many songs destined to be considered classics of the era, and there is no doubt in my mind that this album adds even more candidates to the list. This is their 4th studio album and 6th release altogether (An EP and Live album). I can’t say this is an improvement upon their previous records, but that’s not because of any inherent faults in Ancient Winds, it’s due to the consistent, brilliantly conceived and exceptional performances in all of the albums. I don’t think another band playing surf music today can match what they’ve produced over these last 10+ years.

Like their previous albums, their are no clunkers here, and as a whole it’s a great voyage for your ears to embark upon. The album starts full steam ahead with the dramatic ’Journey To the Center of Surf’ and disembarks in calm waters at ‘Into The Deep’. En route we find gales and typhoons, battened hatches and dropped anchors. We’re brought aloft into the crow’s nest searching for sight of land and stowed below decks lying wait for the storm.

We stop in Australia twice , first for the lone cover Coral Island by The Atlantics, and again with the legendary Jim Skiathitis of The Atlantics. He and Ivan join forces on The Argonaut, creating what sounds like a long lost Atlantics classic - no small feat. The Madeira take us to the oldest city in Spain by way of Argentina with ‘Dawn in Cadiz’, a finely crafted and quite inventive ballad by Ivan and Alex Faide of Los Twang Marvels. Knowing Ivan as I do, I can hear his already formidable phrasing skills and expressive touch being expanded even further by Alex’s melodies. At one point of this odyssey they pick up a genuine Aqualad - Jeremy DeHart - and together create ‘Hail Poseidon’. The song is a small excursion in it’s own right, and sure to reward any listener.

6 songs on this album are either penned solely or collaborated by Patrick O’Connor. Patrick humbly plays rhythm guitar, leaving all lead duties to Ivan. It’s a mystery to me how Patrick does it, he must really know Ivan’s playing to create such perfect vehicles for his talent. Ivan in turn is one lucky guy to have such a partner in Patrick. I suspect left to his own devices, Ivan would be churning out way more heavy, furious and breathtaking songs that match the intensity of his skills as a guitar shredder, as evidenced by Caravela and Here Be Dragons on this album. Fortunately, Patrick’s more pop and alt rock influences in his songwriting gives Ivan’s guitar playing some room to breathe and give us ample opportunity to experience how expressive a player he is.

The sound of the record is very consistent with the other Madeira albums. They know what they like (and we like) and they know how to do it. There’s no mistaking the Madeira as soon as you hear them. Todd, Dane and Patrick are one of the finest rhythm sections I know of. Equally adept at heavy intense epics or quiet,delicate passages these guys can pull it off. Ivan’s burnished tone, often laden with more echo than reverb, is just right for conveying the gravity and seriousness of the musical subject matter of which they tackle. I’d go as far as saying Ivan’s use of echo is the very best in the genre of anyone playing today. It’s so hard to find that sweet spot, but with Ivan’s deep knowledge of The Shadows and The Atlantics he’s had decades to hone his sensibilities in this regard, and it shows.

My personal standouts for this album are Ancient Winds, Caravela, The Argonaut, Into the Deep. I urge everyone to buy this album (while doing so get all the other Madeira albums if you haven’t already) and pick out your own favorites. I’m sure we’ll be seeing some songs from here in future ‘best-of’ polls. Congrats to the Madeira for maintaining such high quality and continuing to provide inspiration for all of us.