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Giustizia Sommaria (CD​/​digital, 2005)

by I Fantomatici

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Asteroide 03:33
Dr. Destino 02:43
Gangsters 02:24
Gita Al Mare 02:22
Mexicono 02:51
Mr. Granchio 02:12
Yuri Gagarin 02:29
R.I.P. 02:37



I Fantomatici, was an instrumental surf band from Vincenza, Italy, playing a blend of spaghetti-western and surf. "Fantomatici" in Italian means "that maybe don’t really exist". But we assure they existed, and mixed in their compositions the most disparate influences: surf, beat, rockabilly, easy listening, Italian 60s-70s B movies soundtracks. Always with an original, peculiar style. Their music reminds of seasides, exotic atmospheres, alien worlds, Italian futurism, spaghetti-western lands, superheroes of all colors and nationalities, historical avant-gardes and mysterious women. The group's ideological background is based on everything related to the sixties and seventies, especially in Italy. An ill-concealed Mediterranean character is the trademark of I Fantomatici. They have recorded 2 albums for Green Cookie Records, Giustizia Sommaria (2005) and Spaghetti Surf (2007). Both albums have received very positive reviews. More than 15 years after their release both albums are finally available at Spotify and all streaming platforms.


released February 1, 2005


This is a very interesting disc. Combining spaghetti western, spy, surf, and atmospheric production, this Italian band are charting new territory. Very good writing and engaging ideas.

Anni Di Piombo *** /// Like a cross between John Barry and Ennio Morricone, "Anni Di Piombo" is a pulsing spaghetti spy song with lots of ominous drama.

Assalto Alla Diligenza ***** /// "Assalto Alla Diligenza" is a splendid spaghetti western with a galloping rhythm and eerie sound. Haunted by spatial reverb, the moody melody rides a stereo wash of shimmer courtesy vibrato and panned delay. Sound effects of horses and gunshots complete the bandito image.

Asteroide *** /// Pumping rhythm and tweaky electro-sounds in a dark syrup of sub space danger. Not melodic, but riffy pulsing power.

Costa Esmeralda **** /// A fine playful melody strides across a circulating rhythm. "Costa Esmeralda" is very cool and catchy, with a bit of humor and spatial fullness. Fun and engaging.

Dr. Destino **** /// An open road adventure kind of song with shimmer and throb from reverb and vibrato. "Dr. Destino" has a definite coastal feeling, and the melody portrays motion. The tribal beat adds drama.

Gangsters *** /// This song sports a catchy riff and a light hearted sound. A wash of reverb and atmospherics give it a huge distance, though it's not far away. Bad guys never sound this melodic.

Gita Al Mare **** /// Light and fluid, playful and warm, "Gita Al Mare" is a fine song for an energized happy day. Pretty without being sappy, and featuring great drums.

Mexicono *** /// Warm tone and a Spanish influence create a pleasing and fluid sound. The melody is very pleasing and well developed. "Mexicono" seems to smile.

Mr. Grancho *** /// Stereo vibrato makes "Mr. Grancho" pulse in an atmospheric wash. More riff than melody, but very fun. The uplifting joy of the song is quite evident.

Operazione Sceicco *** /// Spies on surfboards zigzag between curl riders in search of sleepers. They don't find them, but the hunt is dangerous nonetheless. "Operazione Sceicco" is a nice song with a real espionage feeling and sound.

Sol Stizio D'Estate **** /// "Sol Stizio D'Estate" is a very pretty song, with a beautiful melody and broad atmospherics. The muted rhythm and gentle percussion, along with the round bass lines, create a romantic underpinning for the haunting melody.

Yuri Gagarin *** /// Russian Cosmonaut "Yuri Gagarin" is immortalized in this instrumental. Perhaps a bit like early Laika and the Cosmonauts, the song is decidedly European, yet has a surfable sound.

R.I.P. **** /// Unlisted at the end of the disc, "R.I.P." is a beautiful and atmospheric song that floats on a sea of reverb and mist. Great percussion and moodiness.

--- Reviewed by Phil Dirt (Reverb Central)


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