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The Bambi Molesters - As The Dark Wave Swellsdotdotdotdotdot
artworkBoy has this album been worth the wait! It's one hell of a set of music! Superb writing and arranging, immediately identifiable as The Bambi Molesters, and very compelling. A must have!
Picks: As The Dark Wave Swells, The Kiss-Off, Wrong Turn, Point Of No Return, Into The Crimson Sunset, Panic Party, Lazy Girls Hangout, Siboney, Mindbender, Thunderin' Guitar, Rising East

Track by Track Review


As The Dark Wave Swells dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"As The Dark Wave Swells" opens with a gentle guitar melody on guitar complimented by tremolo guitar. It becomes a lush easy moving number with a beautiful melody and romantic sound, then another verse in, superb tom toms and keys add spaghetti drama. It's a lovely song that's hard to escape.

The Kiss-Off dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gutty reverbed chunk and dowel percussion support lightly modulated guitar and pumping bass. Excellent drums, and particularly the bass, make this all work. Very nice.

Wrong Turn dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A chunky muted chord progression similar to Hawkwind's "Angels Of Death" gives "Wrong Turn" serious grit. The melody is superb, and is tortured with string bending and interesting distortion. It's an intense and powerful track that's adventurous and creates a sense of open road travel in a desolate landscape. Great bass really hold it together.

Point Of No Return dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tom toms and very interesting rhythm guitar introduce the song, and as the song evolves, the rhythm changes to trembling tone and liquid leads. "Point Of No Return" is a slow and gentle song that's beautiful and dramatic. The percussion particularly adds drama, and the keys add cinematic vision.

Into The Crimson Sunset dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The writing and arrangement here are similar to the reverb laden days of Dumb Loud Hollow Twang. I really like this. It has drama, an open sense of space, and grit. The lead guitar is really strong, as are the rest of the band. "Into The Crimson Sunset" is a fine track!

Panic Party dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Angular and on the spaghetti side, "Panic Party" sports edgy tremolo and some really cool Bo Diddley swipes at the strings. Some double picked parts add more surfisms. A great up glissando completes the picture.

Lazy Girls Hangout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and easy flowing with laid back island ambiance. "Lazy Girls Hangout" is really pretty and soothing in a slightly blue way. Every instrument is perfectly played, and more than that, there's a real sense of ensemble. Excellent!

Siboney dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a great, intense rendering of Ernesto Lacuona's "Siboney." The arrangement sounds inspired by Johnny Fortune's version, but it has a lot more guts and plenty of absolutely glorious guitar notes. Like their earlier version of "Latin'ia," this is a major hair stander. Wonderful!

Mindbender dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The arrangement and writing here harken back to the Dumb Loud Hollow Twang days, though "Mindbender" is much gutsier. galloping cool, double picked, glissando driven, and just too much fun. Not at all psychedelic as you might expect from the title.

Thunderin' Guitar dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy throbbing tremolo along with tortured second guitar and moody bass give "Thunderin' Guitar" a giant sound. The grit of the second guitar is remenicant of The Bottle Ups merged with The Magic Band. Intense and very strong!

Rising East dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The gentility of the melody is in contrast to the loud guitar and drums punch, which make it attractive. Part gorgeous, part edgy, "Rising East" is a haunting song with many interesting changes and textural variants. Almost middle eastern in its mystery, and very intense at times. There are psychedelic tendencies that raise the hair on the back of your neck.