Laika & The Cosmonauts - Local Warming CD (Yep Roc)
The Finland-based surf rockers' 2004 studio album finds them on terra firma, not straight surf, this is rather surf-influenced instrumental guitar rock with touches of prog and the occasional Zappa-esque flourish. The band shelved some of the ventures in rap, reggae, and electronica they displayed on Absurdistan, but still playfully push the boundaries of their genre with twisty tempos and textured, nuanced arrangements.
Tracks: N.Y.'79 - The Key Role - Haroosh - Crosstown Canyon - Nocturne Of The Neon Night - Rikki On The Loose - Liposuction - Apt. 23B - Soulmate - Disco-Plank - Meneito Paraiso - Mr. Melee