Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Charles Napiers - First Planedotdotdot
artworkThe second release from the Charles Napiers shows definite progress, with better sound and tighter playing, and better ideas as well.
Picks: First Plane Out Of Mexico, I Asked For Water, She Gave Me Gasoline, Fire Of Love, Valleri, Eight Minus One, Things've Changed 'Round Here

Track by Track Review


First Plane Out Of Mexico dotdot
Garage Trash Organ R&B (Instrumental)

Weirdly vibratoed guitar, cheesy organ, haunting flute, and some kinda R&B riff rockin' feel. Just too repetitious.

I Asked For Water, She Gave Me Gasoline dot
Garage Trash R&B (Instrumental)

Vibrato shimmer, guitar chop, blues harp, an R&B progression a la "Smokestack Lightning," and a never ending repetition, interrupted only by big chord drama.

Fire Of Love dotdotdot
Garage Trash (Instrumental)

Trashy riff rock from under the car... ominous, but without direction. The riff is melodic enough to be developed like Davie Allan might, but it doesn't quite get outta the shoot.

Valleri dotdotdot
Garage Trash Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering vibrato guitar, piano plunkery, a slow haunting melody that's quite nice... "Valleri" is a nice little track, with the art of the writing transcending the limitations of the sound and arrangement. Both dissonant and endearing.

Eight Minus One dotdotdot
Garage Trash (Instrumental)

Big chords jammed, a dangerous riff, and the feeling that it's going to overtake you through its relentless expansion. Not melodic, but dangerous and interesting.

Things've Changed 'Round Here dotdotdot
Garage Trash Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

A gunshot and a jaws harp opens this spaghetti western flavored track. "Things've Changed 'Round Here" is dramatic, dangerous, dissonant, and magnetic. The twango and howl of it placed through a reverby wash present an ominous image of danger on the dusty plain.