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The Anacondas - Bad Buzz - Lost In The Space Agedotdotdotdot
artworkThis new release from The Anacondas takes them into a different soundscape, with some lush arrangements, experimental ideas, and juxtaposition of seemingly incongruous sounds. I really like some of this. It's a merger between art and science.
Picks: Gravity Groove, A Higher Calling, La Danza De Los Muertos, Moon Dust, Bad Buzz Down, Twilight Patrol, Surfari, Hopped Up Rocket, Sacrifice, Space Truffle, Casbah, Floating Home

Track by Track Review


Gravity Groove dotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

Liquid tone rings out long sustain notes as the organ churns and the drums and bass pump. "Gravity Groove" is go-go surf - go-go instro stylings with surf guitar. This is quite fun!

A Higher Calling dotdotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

Lovely surf guitar backs crisp muted reverb leads on this wonderful track. "A Higher Calling" has mid tempo spunk and charm.

La Danza De Los Muertos dotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

A stomp beat runs beneath a go-go structure with keys in charge of the spy-like melody. "La Danza De Los Muertos" is on the dark side, and sports some surf guitar. Pretty darn nice!

Moon Dust dotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

A chorus gives "Moon Dust" the feeling of jungle sci-fi, while the flute gives it a a more peaceful sound. This is nicely structured as if plucked from celluloid. A narrative tells the tale in the middle. very cinematic.

Bad Buzz Down dotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

Big reverb fuzz and drums pounding with military precision. The drone of the structure and voicings create a dark future scene, while the surf guitar counters with fluid charm.

Twilight Patrol dotdotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

Rich moody bass and drums rumble under lovely surf tones that deliver a very tasteful melody. The trumpet adds a sense of exotic Spain, while the stereo Leslie organ connects to the go-go period. "Twilight Patrol" is a very cool track!

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Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris' "Surfari" is done with reverence. with organ creating its departure from vintage. I didn't think I was going to like the keys in this venerable monster, but the arrangement works really well.

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Go-Go Surf (Vocal)

With a spoken lyric over the top, The Anacondas play Lee Hazelwood's "Hopped Up Rocket." I normally don't review vocals, but this is just too fun, and the backtrack is very nicely done... I'd like to hear it without the overdubs.

Sacrifice dotdotdotdot
Surf Exotica (Instrumental)

Flute carries lead while the surf guitar plays a delicate counter melody. Organ replaces flute when the guitar launches into double picking. "Sacrifice" is a very nice track.

Space Truffle dotdotdotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

This track merits a spin... it has lots going on, and suggest many influences. Its rich tone and great beat, and especially the wonderful bass line, really capture the imagination. "Space Truffle" is on the dark side, with flute creating a sort of psychedelic sound with influences of Gabor Szabo ("Gypsy Queen"), The Sound Asleep, The Blues Project ("Flute Thing"), The Lemon Pipers ("Through With you"),H. P. Lovecraft, and maybe It's A Beautiful Day on one of their longer flights of fancy.

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Industrial Surf (Instrumental)

A "Movin'"-ish (Lee Hazelwood) pattern and a strange sounding keyboard-flute duet gives "Cannibal, Cannibal!" a dangerous and postmodern sound, while the bongos bring in exotica and the chants sound industrial. Very unusual.

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Blues Surf (Instrumental)

"The Big Bang" is a basic blues jam with a bit of voicing. Gritty chords, dark side sax, moody organ, and a classic progression.

Casbah dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

"Casbah" is actually "Come With Me To The Casbah" from the genius of Gaminiam and his Orientals. This is more sinewy and exotic sounding than most modern instro covers have been. Sax, surf guitar in a rhythm role, and keys playing in a moody was of ambiance. The bongos add to the exotic feel. Very cool, and if you like this, check out the original - from 1959.

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Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

"Floating Home" does just that... it closes out the album gently, carrying you home on a raft driven only by a warm breeze. Very pretty indeed!