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The Bambi Molesters - In Sonic Bullets - 13 From The Hipdotdotdotdotdot
artworkAlbum number three from the incredible Bambi Molesters. What do you say about this album? Amazing writing, exceptional musicianship, solid arranging, and added touches from Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck (REM), Chris Eckman (Walkabouts), Eduardo "Speedo" Martinez (Flaming Sideburns), Terry Lee Hale, Borna Sercer, Boris Mohoric, and Tomo. Like their previous releases, they occupy a unique place in surf, trad based, but not derivative at all. This is an advance CD-R of a totally enjoyable album due out right soon!
Picks: Theme From Slaying Beauty, Malaguena, Corazon Del Loco Jorge, Ice And Pinewood Trees, Last Ride, Bubble Bath, Bombora, Tremble and Shake, Baia, Farewell Malasana, Final Wave For The Day, Double Danger, Chaotica

Track by Track Review

Theme From Slaying Beauty dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich twang tone and grodie rhythms drive this spy-ish tune. The organ swirls underneath the mean sounds while the frothy melody floats atop. Guests are Scott McCaughey - organ / vibraphone, Peter Buck - guitar.

Malaguena dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very Spanish, heavy weight power, and twanged on big whammy chords. Boris Mohoric's trumpet adds much to this performance of Ernesto Lecuona's "Malaguena." The arrangement is based on the Trashmen's monster, but is also significantly different. Very powerful and oh-so satisfying!

Corazon Del Loco Jorge dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Suave Spanish sadness, brilliant melody and liquid guitars. "Corazon Del Loco Jorge" is very smooth and creeps right in. The scene it establishes is a little misty, maybe foggy, like a Baja dawn. Supporting the Bambi Molesters are Scott McCaughey - organ / piano / bass harmonica, Peter Buck - fuzz bass, and the sultry cool voice of Eduardo "Speedo" Martinez.

Ice And Pinewood Trees dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Moody and chilling, "Ice And Pinewood Trees" is a narrated vocal with a near-whispered story line. Hints of spaghetti western and being lost in a Mexican desert. Scott McCaughey - piano / tubular bells, and Chris Eckman - vocal add to this track.

Last Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering vibrato chills and flows on a Mexican afternoon ride with a lost bandito. Melodic and very fluid. The castanets and whistle add an edge of Enio Morricone, as do the grunts. Extras here are from Chris Eckman - acoustic guitar, and Terry Lee Hale - whistle and u-cha.

Bubble Bath dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The structure of "Bubble Bath" is reminiscent of the first album. Beautiful structure and melody line, so characteristic of this band. Optimistic and yet a little sad. What a glorious track! Extra guitar from Tomo.

Bombora dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Bambi Molesters power up an already huge surf classic originally from the Original Surfaris. The arrangement is true to the original, the tone deeper and richer, and the power right on the money.

Tremble and Shake dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great rapidly dribbled damped reverb rhythm guitar carries "Tremble and Shake" very well. The melody is aquatic and the rhythm more than infectious. Playful and too-fun, with the Bambi Molesters' rich sound. Big grins here! Incidentally, "Tremble and Shake" was written by Art Brouseau of Musick Recordings.

Baia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big twang and intense whammy, an Austin feel, and a slithery melody line. The country underpinnings are spotlessly employed in this somewhat post modern instro. Scott McCaughey provides the organ.

Farewell Malasana dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slinky and harkening back to the sounds of the Dumb Loud Hollow Twang album, "Farewell Malasana" features a brilliant melody-rhythm interplay and delicate organ backdrop from Scott McCaughey. Delicate and catchy.

Final Wave For The Day dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Somewhat structured like the early works, this beautiful surf tune shimmers in the light of ringing chords and rolling swells. A fine piece of music, well written and beautifully delivered. Infectious, and displaying a delicate balance between froth and power.

Double Danger dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A warbling theremin opens to a big vibrato chord and feedback. Then, damped reverbed rhythm underneath a spy melody. Chunky and rhythmic.

Chaotica dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Scott McCaughey's vibraphone and piano, and Peter Buck's guitar add to this amazing concept piece. Backwards guitar, glorious vibraphone, and an exotic melody line, delivered in a slow gently throbbing arrangement, like Les Baxter, Martin Denny, and Cal Tjader floating on pink surfboards with Mimi watching from the beach. Pardon the Jane Siberry references, but "Chaotica" brought her to mind right after a flash of "Quiet Village."