Music Briefs: Surf Rock, Sertanejo and Goth Rock

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New month, new music briefs. This month we’re looking for Surf Rock, Sertanejo and Goth Rock tracks.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

Also, if you have any questions or comments about any of these music briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at


Surf Rock

Soundtrack that next big wave with a solid backbeat and retro-sounding electric guitars awash in reverb.

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Surf, surfing, waves, 1960s, reverb, retro rock, nostalgia



Also known as “Brazilian country music,” Sertanejo features bright acoustic guitars, accordion and male/female vocal harmonies.

  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Sertanejo, Brazil, acoustic guitar, accordion, Brazilian country music


Goth Rock

Influenced by post-punk and focused on romanticizing darker themes, goth rock typically features deep, often droning vocals.


  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: goth rock, gothic, dark, post-punk, 1980s


Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. On the other hand, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Young Man Playing Guitar On Beach by ImageSource.

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