Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Back To Peru Vol IIdotdotdotdot
artworkVolume two is twice the music at two discs, and from cleaner sources in most cases, with lots of stereo, and more psychedelic focus. A kind of psych nuggets for Peruvian garage.
Picks: Los Comandos - Mas De Ti, Los Destellos - Onsta La Yerbita, Los Holy's - Sueno Sicodelico, Jaguar - Tormenta En El Mar De La Tranquilidad, Los Juniors - Tercera Piedra En El Sol, Sideral - Dongoh, Los Zheros - Cuarto Oscuro

Track by Track Review


Cacique - Cacique dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is very much a Santana-esq jam, but with organ lead instead of guitar. The guitar break is reverbed and flies at times. Quite interesting with infectious rhythms and psych journeys on guitar.

Los Comandos - Mas De Ti dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Imagine Stax-Volt psychedelia and you'll be i the neighborhood where Los Comandos reside. Wah wah guitar, jam riffs, and great drums. "Mas De Ti" grows on you, and fits really well into a long flow of psych late at night. A bit funky, but not in that genre.

Los Destellos - Onsta La Yerbita dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

Following an echoed announcement over wah wah guitar, "Onsta La Yerbita" turns into a psychedelic soul excursion with excellent drums and a Santana feel. Great dirty fuzz, a late night hazy feeling, and a simply fun sound. More a jam than a song, of course, but still very engaging.

Los Holy's - Sueno Sicodelico dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

This is a radical rearrangement of the Sandals' "Scrambler." It sports surf guitar lead and weird electronic whirling. Right from the opening weirdness, you know this is going to be a strange trip to remember. The melody is actually perfect for this psychedelic morphing. Howling guitars, reverb, sidebar keyboard adventures... all too much for your mirror. Very cool!

Jaguar - Tormenta En El Mar De La Tranquilidad dotdotdotdot
Pop Psych (Instrumental)

This is a very cool psych guitar exercise, with dry muted glissandos, dark fuzz, and some very cool drum work. It's on the lighter side, sort of pop psych, but much more credible than much of that genre. It was really hard not to dig this buzzy groove.

Los Juniors - Tercera Piedra En El Sol dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

This is a superb psychedelic instrumental! It is born of Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone From The Sun." It's dramatically rearranged, with layered sounds and swirls. tremolo organ, fuzz guitar, reverbed vibes, pumping bass, and adventurous drums. "Tercera Piedra En El Sol" is just plain cool!

A. Shain - Guau Guau A Go-Go dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Guau Guau A Go-Go" is a dismissible instro that almost makes it, but the gimmicky sampled dogs and cheesy chorus just make it childish. Too bad, because there are some very good period guitar licks here, and the band is pretty solid.

Sideral - Dongoh dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

"Dongoh" is a tuff psych jam based on Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Are You Experienced" is reinvented by Sideral with a more garage psych sound, and with reverbed guitar, among other effects. Tropical percussion and dirty fuzz. Way cool!

Los Zheros - Cuarto Oscuro dotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

One sung verse in a sort of chanted jazz pop style, jazzy psych meanderings, exotic percussion, and a seductive relentless rhythm. By the middle of the track, it strips down to percussion and bass and guitar chops, then returns to the main riff, including one more verse sung, followed by soaring early style psych guitar. It ends in s slow progression and a third chanted verse. Adventurous and cool!