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Achtung Rakete - Achtung Raketedotdotdotdotdot
artworkI really like this CD! Achtung Rakete have a sound that mixes many influences and textures for a signature style, and when coupled with exceptional arranging, captivated me. Pollo Del Mar, Insect Surfers, Mermen, and Stranglers fans will like this! fans will like this CD. Achtung Rakete are a wholly original band. These references are to help communicate the sound only, and not to imply particular influence.
Picks: Deep Holz, Shadow Beach, Oklahoma Liegt Am Meer, Greetings From Kane De, Der Ritt Auf Dem Tsunami, Ojo Misiles, El Chulo, Rondo Venezuela, Menage A Tois, Traps, Discotod, Sartana's Last Stand

Track by Track Review

Deep Holz dotdotdotdot
Go-Go (Instrumental)

This is a totally fun track in the way The Neutrons (Wales) and The Halibuts (Manhattan Beach) always were, though the sound of Achtung Rakete is completely different. Infectious and go-go cool, with modern tone and instrumentation. The arrangement is rich with textures and interplay. It's quite an interesting blend of sounds.

Shadow Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The keys play a surf beat and occasionally modulated weirdness, while guitar carries a tasteful combo run and delivers whammified surfability. Excellent drums and very supportive bass round out the sound. Lots going on here keeping this easy melody vibrant with change.

Oklahoma Liegt Am Meer dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

An excellent spaghetti melody plays hauntingly in the distance as "Oklahoma Liegt Am Meer" opens, yielding to crisper and rounder close-up sound. Great drums and bass provide a superb platform for the wonderful leads to sail from. Stinging whammy and adventurous arranging complete this fine track.

Greetings From Kane De dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Greetings From Kane De" is closer to traditional surf than any other track on this album. Reverb, lead-rhythm interplay, tuff drums, and walking surf bass. Great rhythm, tremolo, and charm.

Der Ritt Auf Dem Tsunami dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Der Ritt Auf Dem Tsunami" wears its grin like a badge of honor at times, and when double picked and whammied, it's a dangerous power surge. This is an excellent composition with a fine arrangement.

Ojo Misiles dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a new recording of "Ojo Misiles," which appeared on Krautsurf - 31 Baggersee Tunes in 2006. Much surfier, with superb drums and rich sound. Surf and Euro melody structures blend in delicate and engaging ways. Island imagery, a very friendly melody, and a fine arrangement. It's quite clear that this has grown over the ensuing three years.

El Chulo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Chulo" has a modern California surf sound and feel, with a fine melody line and layered guitar wizardry, which is enabled by a very strong rhythm track of guitar, bass, and drums. The sun and an almost Insect Surfers meet Pollo Del Mar structure make this a superb track!

Rondo Venezuela dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

The surfabilly rhythm and sound of "Rondo Venezuela" are really hard to dislike. Epic bounce , whammy curl, and glissando charm in a California coastal jump. All fun and coolness.

Menage A Tois dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The imaginative giggle of the arrangement brings a grin to "Menage A Tois" as it unfolds. Whammy, sunny sparkle, and delicate drama. Great drums, perfect bass lines, and wonderful interplay between guitar parts really capture you.

Traps dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tom toms and space wind, adventurous guitar chords, a Mermen-like melody line, and Neutrons-like keys create a fascinating ride. This is one of those tracks that really depends on the bass, and the drums here are very strong. A touch of spaghetti a la The Insect Surfers, and the picture is complete.

Discotod dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The keys churn and the whammy chords tell of island sunsets. "Discotod" is part tomorrow, part yesterday. The juxtaposed periods is compelling. Imagine The Stranglers playing surf and you might hear this in your head. Too cool!

Sartana's Last Stand dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sartana's Last Stand" is soft and delicate, with lovely moodiness and flow. Part way through, it accelerates and double picks for a more surfy sound. I found that it grew on me with repeated listenings. Pollo Del Mar fans will like this.