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The Aqua Velvets - Guitar Noirdotdotdot
artworkThe Aqua Velvets continue in their stunning Italian surf movie vein with more luscious image scapes for your imaginary journey to exotic places. A Beautiful release. Miles Corbin and Michael Lindner have again teamed up to produce a splendid album with occasional Aqua Velvets Don Spindt and Steve Cameron alternating on drums.
Picks: Guitar Noir, Prelude To Subterranea, Subterranea, Mysterious Mambo, Casbah Club, Venetian Silhouettes, Time Trapped, Day In The Life Of A Private Eye, Slow Dance For A Fast Girl, Twilight Of The Hepcats, Aqua Nova, Silver Of Moon, Moodswing Sonata, Mermaids After Midnight

Track by Track Review

Guitar Noir dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering vibrato guitar spread across the panorama as images of a moody island emerge.The flowing melody line is painted on a gentle breeze. A very nice track.

Prelude To Subterranea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slithery introductory tour to the next track. Very pretty.

Subterranea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sinewy sounds of the underground, mid tempo melodic spy theme, plinky sock hop rhythms, for the cavedwellers. Unusual, like a romantic scene for the C.H.U.D.

Mysterious Mambo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Silky chords, plunky percussion, shimmering guitar tones, immediate images of an island mystery. A backdrop for a little hanky panky. Very pretty track.

Casbah Club dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spirited, intense, rhythmic, magnetic, stinging. These are a few of the characteristics of this simple but pleasurable track. Dramatic and powerful.

Venetian Silhouettes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pretty moody silky Italian movie magic. Very pretty shimmering chords, and delicate precise playing. A slow dance tune for the late night. Very nice.

Time Trapped dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like a radar trap for your watch, this track brings curious moody tropical images into your otherwise sullied mind.

Day In The Life Of A Private Eye dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I can see it now... trenchcoated brooding, rainy street corner nonchalant, weather rejecter turned up collar, spent stick of Cinnaburst on the earth side of a shoe... and just out of site, a cheating spouse undulates with a coconspirator. It's all too TV. The rhythmic writhings are too much for my mirror. Very cool.

Slow Dance For A Fast Girl dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like you might think, a fifties slow dance backtrack, a shimmering lead guitar, a ringing rhythm guitar, and very romantic. There must be a movie waiting for this track.

Twilight Of The Hepcats dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cool jazz backtrack, a bit of airy keyboard, and a jazzy guitar line produce a very cool loungie afternooner.

Aqua Nova dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pure clean tones, mid tempo prettiness, and shimmering guitar combine to produce a moderately alluring track.

Silver Of Moon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With the allure of "Harlem Nocturn," and the clarity of the Aqua velvets, this track oozes detective theme. Very pretty.

Moodswing Sonata dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Totally gross opening tones & tom toms and eerie spooky keys invoke images of the crickets filling the night air. Then, as you arrive at the body of the song, there emits an air of a deli in Venice, before a scene change to Prague. Movie stuff for sure. Like Captain Beefheart goes on vacation. Brilliant arrangement.

Mermaids After Midnight dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rippling water, exotic beaches, loungie moods, and femme fatale in fins. Very cool.