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The Bahareebas - Last Night I Saved The Galaxydotdotdot
artworkThe new CD from Switzerland's Bahareebas is a blend of surf and fuzz and go-go. Three vocals and a hidden track augment the album. There are some very cool tracks here. In some ways, it's less interesting than their Jelly Fishing CD, and in others, it's significantly more developed.
Picks: The Invasion, Asian Quicksoup, Viareggio Allnighter, Surfertronic, Echelon, Last Night I Saved the Galaxy, Il Pleut a Montreux, Peterheater, Mathar, When The Summer Ends, Viareggio Allnighter

Track by Track Review

The Invasion dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spooky organ and whirring Theremin rises from the mist, creating a haunted swamp image. The surf guitars deliver grand whammy. "The Invasion" is not exactly melodic, more a haunting progression that projects longboard images.

Asian Quicksoup dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A classic Japanese progression introduces this spirited and very enjoyable track. Splashy, upbeat, fun, and small combo cool.

Viareggio Allnighter dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Viareggio Allnighter" sports a very cool melody line that oozes classic surf adventure. It's a little like the Trademarks' "Baha-Ree-Bah." Mid tempo energy and an upbeat tone. This clearly connects with the sixties, while being pretty modern. One of the more interesting touches is the keyboard glissandos that run alongside the guitars.

Surfertronic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and moody, "Surfertronic" threatens with darkness. The fuzz verses are menacing while the surf verses are merely dangerous. This is a dramatic track with a sweeping panoramic feeling. Very cool!

Echelon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With Morse code in sonar mode, "Echelon" moves moderately through a somewhat dangerous place. The melody line is a simple and moody, portraying a watery theater. very nice.

Last Night I Saved the Galaxy dotdotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

Pumped up frat rock with surf guitar that's full of energy and stompin' fun. "Last Night I Saved the Galaxy" is aggressive and fun, but develops only in intensity.

Il Pleut a Montreux dotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

Groovy liquid surf chords bring liquid pleasure to this go-go styles instro. The basic AABA format seems not a limitation because of the developing arrangement and energy. Surf guitars, very cool fuzz, and a tone of energy.

Peterheater dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Peterheater" is a bouncy number with a melodic guitar line and choppy beat. Traveling down a busy road in the wind and sun oozes from its rhythm.

Mathar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slow number builds tension like early psych tracks did. Its moodiness and scenic sound deliver the goods. Exotic percussion adds a sense of adventure. "Mathar" could easily fit in a psych set without disturbing the water. Quite satisfying.

When The Summer Ends dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lovely lighthearted number with a flippant melody line and playful rhythm. It wanders back and forth between fun and grode. Very nice track.

Viareggio Allnighter dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Out past the end of "When The Summer Ends" lies a short version of "Viareggio Allnighter." Different in texture and arrangement, it is no less cool. Nice little surprise.