Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Instro Latin-O-Rama
|Instro Latin-O-Rama is a splendid set of bands from Spain, Mexico, and South America. The majority of these tracks are rare in The States, and well worth tracking down. Nice to have this cross section of not so familiar bands.|
Picks: Los Barreiro - Moliendo Cafe, Bufalos D'Agua - Green Valley and the Moon, Los Coronas - 80 Foot Wave, The Cosmic Vampires - The Cosmic Laser, The Gaforic Explosion - Dudas De Marcos, Los Gordos - La Extrana Muerte Del Sultan, Los Kanibales Surf Combo - Cold Water Tiburon, Lost Acapulco - Roqueta to the Moon, Manganzoides - El Condor Pasta, The Nu Niles - Strummers Swing, Los Peyotes - Psychosis V, Sr. Bikini - Casino Shangai, The Supersonics - Estela De Mar, Da Surfones - Dimension Surf, The Tormentos - Endless Tube, Los Twangers - Hodad Girl, Los Vibradores - Las Eternas Maldiciones Egipcias De Seth Para Los Temas Largos Y Aburridos, Zorros Petardos Salvajes - Hell's Angels
Track by Track Review
Los Barreiro - Moliendo Cafe
"Moliendo Cafe" is a lovely song with an easy melody and very cool muted reverb surf guitar chops. It's all too short, but it sure is a cool track. The melody connects with you, and its cool outlook is very pleasant.
Bufalos D'Agua - Green Valley and the Moon
"Green Valley and the Moon" is a more traditionally recognizable surf tune. It's not textured traditionally, but the structure is closer to the genre. Intense guitar and glissandos, and an aquatic sense, and some double picking too. Fine track!
Los Coronas - 80 Foot Wave
The Vaqueros' chunky "80 Foot Wave" is slowed a bit and reverbed to the max. Great glissandos and twang ride atop a solid backtrack. Dueling guitars char the silence on this fine surf track!
The Cosmic Vampires - The Cosmic Laser
This is a riff rocker with gimmicky electro noises overdubbed. It should be interesting, but it is because it's just so over the top.
The Gaforic Explosion - Dudas De Marcos
"Dudas De Marcos" is a fairly gentle song done with a gruff edge, perhaps like The Hollywood Surfers. It works surprisingly well. The melody is very cool, and the restrained delivery is compelling. Quite nice.
Los Gordos - La Extrana Muerte Del Sultan
Tremolo guitar and dark chord progressions deliver a pretty cool surf instro. The song lightens up with a muted rhythm section in the middle that's darn cool. The changing textures help keep it attractive.
Los Kanibales Surf Combo - Cold Water Tiburon
Dark bass and whammy chords bring forth a song in mid-fi that calls to dangerous surf. Its fast and angular, with a post surf kind of edge. Quite original.
Lost Acapulco - Roqueta to the Moon
Soft guitar lines circulate above gentle seashore sounds. Shimmering chords and perfect drums and bass complete the picture. It's a picturesque song with a very gentle emotional sadness to it.
Manganzoides - El Condor Pasta
This is a very nice version of Daniel Alomias Robles' "El Condor Pasa." Glissandos pass between the speakers, the melody is carried on double picked guitar, except in the break, which organ ports. It's basic garage, but darn cool!
Mascara Del Mar And His Dragon Surfers - Mas Cerveza Para Mi
"Mas Cerveza Para Mi" is more of a frat rocker, with the beat being a main feature. I'm quite sure it would be much more powerful if it were not for the thin indistinct sound.
The Nu Niles - Strummers Swing
"Strummers Swing" moves gently through a swing structure with gentle reverb tone and upright bass. Part rockabilly, part swing, particularly the drums in the middle, and all suave. Very nice!
Los Peyotes - Psychosis V
Thunder menace echo surf with organ and grumbling sound. This is heavy, murky and relentless. Dementia on the waves with horror in the driver's seat.
Sr. Bikini - Casino Shangai
"Casino Shangai" is a lovely song with long surf chords, moody bass, and exotic drums. Its mystery and haunting ambiance make it compelling. Slightly sad, or perhaps resigned, yet the double picked lines call to a better day.
The Supersonics - Estela De Mar
This is really cool. Gentle, fluid, and moody. "Estela De Mar" is inspired by "Endless Summer," but there the comparison ends. This is much bluer, moodier, and chunkier.
Surfin' Caramba - Psichokiller
This is a jazzy, faux-dramatic number with stop-start punkoidal edge and a thrashy mentality. Not melodic, but writhing with edge and cool drums.
Da Surfones - Dimension Surf
I always like Da Surfones. "Dimension Surf" is a lovely slow number with a splendid muted rhythm and shimmering second guitar accompanying sparkling lead guitar. The bass is more felt than heard, and the drums are almost non existent, but it works in the same way The Surf Raiders' "Point Conception '63" does.
The Tormentos - Endless Tube
"Endless Tube" is kinda garage murky, but the heavy muted second guitar and solid grumble really work well with the melody line. There's more drama and arranging than is often the case with less pristine tracks, making this a genuine find. Rhythmic and motion oriented. On the dark side, and very surf!
Los Twangers - Hodad Girl
Thin mono sound keep "Hodad Girl" from reaching its potential. This is a fun and flirty track that will bring you back. Imagine a combination of Paul Anka's "Diana" and the Diamond's "Little Darlin'" set to reverb, and you'd have the basic sound.
Los Vibradores - Las Eternas Maldiciones Egipcias De Seth Para Los Temas Largos Y Aburridos
"Las Eternas Maldiciones Egipcias De Seth Para Los Temas Largos Y Aburridos" is frantic and aggressive in a splashy jammin' sort of way. Glissandos are incorporated in some cool ways as echo replaces reverb on the lead guitar.
Zorros Petardos Salvajes - Hell's Angels
This is a dark biker epic with big grunge drums. Think Davie Allan level grungy guitar and you'll be in the ball park. Dirty in a good way.