Tim Coffman – Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways: Island Breezes Collection (2012)

What happens when California meets Hawaii? They have a beautiful baby called The Island Breezes Collection, that’s what happens!

Hot on the heels of The Longboard Collection, which marked the first installment of Tim Coffman’s instrumental “Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways” series comes this stunning set of spirited sounds that impressively implements standard surf rock procedures with a groovy Aloha state vibe.

Splashed with the chiming ting of a ukulele, “Big Island Rodeo” flows and flourishes with polish and verve, “Waikiki Two Step” shimmies and shakes with peppy rhythms, and “Kona Cowboys” fuses twangy country styled licks with zippy surf rock measures. A sense of serenity washes over the airy “Low Tide,” while tracks like “Dance Of The Palm Trees” and “Sunset At Waikiki” boldly emphasizes Tim’s flair for crafting well-developed instrumentals formed of juicy hooks and gorgeous contours.

Each and every instrumental on The Island Breezes Collection (Rolltop Music) bends, curves, snaps, crackles and pops with compelling moves. Performed with perfection and precision, the music may be pretty, but a hearty rock undertow tends to steer the wheel. Tim’s guitar playing, a smart blend of power, atmospherics and melody, is simply awesome.

Soaking wet with heavenly images of summery skies, glistening waters and towering palm trees, The Island Breezes Collection is the next best thing to spending a fun, carefree day at the beach!

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