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.
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Artwork by Stephen Blickenstaff
“A 13-track masterpiece. It's filled with an all-encompassing atmosphere of awe and mystique that will mesmerize you from start to finish. A total must-have. There is no letup, absolutely no letup, in the quality of the tracks on this outstanding CD. Each song is a work of art.”Duke, SurfRockMusic.com
“Five stars! The Madeira just keep producing exceptionally fine instrumental music. I love this album!”Phil Dirt, reverbcentral.com
“The Madeira are on top of their game here. 'Tribal Fires' is an album that raises the bar for other surf bands. Recommended!”Johnny Slams, slamsreviews.blogspot.com
“The quality of surf music on this album is unreal. Everyone is playing at a level that hadn’t been reached before on prior releases, albums that are by no means of the imagination products of half-hearted work. The song arrangement is pretty smart, producing not a collection of songs but an overall experience that is lacking in a lot of modern ‘albums.’ Definitely one of the best albums of the year.”Strange Jason, Gravedigger's Local 16
“‘Tribal Fires’ is by far the best album in the genre that we've heard so far this year. An instrumental and conceptual trip into the dark jungle with ultra-intense passages, enigmatic atmospheres and absolutely captivating melodies.”Diego RJ, Spanish public radio show El Sótano (The Basement)
“The Madeira retain the melodic approach of '60s guitar instrumentals to which they apply the adrenaline-charged drive and sounds of surf music. [T]hey play as if surf and rock instrumentals still mattered as much as they did five decades ago. [An] outstanding release from the Madeira.”Alan Taylor, Pipeline Instrumental Review.
Tribal Fires is #1 on editor Alan Taylor's Top Ten list, Pipeline Instrumental Review #90, Winter 2012
“Wow. Just plain Wow! The Madeira continue to prove why they are one of the most influential and oft-referenced contemporary surf bands in the world. A palpable energy, explorations into musical exoticism, top-notch musicality, memorable songwriting, extensive variety -- Tribal Fires has it all and then some! There really aren't enough superlatives to explain how good this album is.”Jonpaul Balak, Tiki Magazine