Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Brillantina's - Twilight Dingos
|Spain'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
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.
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.
A low brow peon to "Sylvie" grinds like a late sixties grunge epic. Thick and fuzzed, and murky as hell.
Island chords liquefy the evening softness with a beautiful melody line and gentle delivery. "Adrienne" is very pretty, with a relaxed and romantic flow.
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.
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.
Dissonant twang and a lumbering beat, with an air of mystery and uncertainty. A little too repetitious, but otherwise solid.
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.
Big wah wah and rolling drums, and an angry sense of grotesque danger. Thick and psychedelic.
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.
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.
Big glissando crash and thrash garage surf trash. It's got lots of fire, but not enough melody. Very raw and hotly energized.
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.