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The Brillantina's - Twilight Dingosdotdotdot
artworkSpain's Brillantina's issued this 1997 (date on the disc). Very murky ambient lo-fi sound hides some very interesting music.
Picks: Malice, From Hell To Eternity, Sylvie, Adrienne, Silver Tremoloes, Cherubini, I Am The Anaconda, L'uomo Morto, Maraccas My Jungle, Sunset Ryder, Culpable, Amphetamine, Dominant Mistress

Track by Track Review


Malice dotdotdot
Surf Garage (Instrumental)

A "Road Runner" back beat and some interesting minimalist guitaristry over the top. Some shimmering surfable, some fuzzy garage. The lumbering meanness of the backtrack is a solid foundation for the dissonant Link Wray-ish lead diversions. Not at all melodic, but quite nasty.

From Hell To Eternity dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a riff hinting of Hawaii and sounds hinting of your neighbor's garage, "From Hell To Eternity" moodily broods on its own misery. Deliberate and gloomy, with an underpinning of optimism.

Sylvie dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

A low brow peon to "Sylvie" grinds like a late sixties grunge epic. Thick and fuzzed, and murky as hell.

Adrienne dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Island chords liquefy the evening softness with a beautiful melody line and gentle delivery. "Adrienne" is very pretty, with a relaxed and romantic flow.

Silver Tremoloes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrato in tow, this whammified number sports a tasteful riff and interesting structure. It's too bad the sound is so poor. This is potentially quite a number.

Cherubini dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tiny tots play in the ripples lapping at the shores of Waikiki, without a care in the world. A fine fluid melody softly flows like an island breeze.

I Am The Anaconda dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dissonant twang and a lumbering beat, with an air of mystery and uncertainty. A little too repetitious, but otherwise solid.

L'uomo Morto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Throbbing deep vibrato haunts the graveyard of surf. This is dark and menacing, psycho dazed, and downright spooky. Lowdown and grodie, and gloomy to the max.

Maraccas My Jungle dotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

Big wah wah and rolling drums, and an angry sense of grotesque danger. Thick and psychedelic.

Sunset Ryder dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Throbbing cowboy vibrato and a rockabilly military cadence drive "Sunset Ryder" to the horizon. Quite surfable, and shimmering with guitar wonder. The murky sound really holds this track back.

Culpable dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An echoed heartbeat throbs, a vibratoed guitar menaces softly. Very low key and ominous, and unlike anything else out there. Pulsing with life at the brink of the abyss, "Culpable" is very scary.

Amphetamine dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big glissando crash and thrash garage surf trash. It's got lots of fire, but not enough melody. Very raw and hotly energized.

Dominant Mistress dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big twang whammy chords, moody lead lines, ominous undertones... "Dominant Mistress" seems desperate and cold, and mean, like unredeemable Link Wray at the bordello. A little Spanish, a little moody, and at times sadly longing for optimism.