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Docteur Legume Et Les Surfwerks - Outer-Space Spaghetti Surf with Docteur Legume Et Les Surfwerksdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine set of slightly disturbed surf-space-Euro instrumentals. Docteur Legume Et Les Surfwerks have produced a consistently strong set of songs in their own unique style.
Picks: Raumpatrouille Surf, Bienvenue A La Maison Meduse, Madchen Mit Rum, Sigmund [La Chose Souple], Amoxicilline Rider, Charlie Touche, Phibes & Vulnavia - Just Married!!, Horny Lava Lamp, 7th Planet [Reboot], Die 1000 Wellen Das Mr. Mabuse, Number Six?, Mant!, El Supersonico

Track by Track Review

Raumpatrouille Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great whammy dip notes open this fine instro. A classic surf beat and bass line below a cool melody riff that's a bit middle eastern, but not overly. The break is a bit jammy, but "Raumpatrouille Surf" is overall very nice.

Bienvenue A La Maison Meduse dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bienvenue A La Maison Meduse" has a haunted European feel to it. The guitar lines employ long whammy chords in the European style. Echoed guitar completes the picture, with electro warbles going wild at the end.

Madchen Mit Rum dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Initially structured in a classic AABA progression style, "Madchen Mit Rum" moves into other territory that's reminiscent of Alabama's Penetrators. It ends in a solo drum pattern that slowly rolls into the sunset. Bouncy and fun.

Sigmund [La Chose Souple] dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is really cool. Muted guitars, a very cool melody line, and excellent spunk. The break is sort of island in the sun, and the juicy reverb kicks add charm. A drum solo breaks the mood, but not the enjoyment. "Sigmund [La Chose Souple]" is just plain cool.

Amoxicilline Rider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Island chords flow gently out as "Amoxicilline Rider" begins. "Amoxicilline Rider" is moody, hinting at desert scenes and desperation. The main idea here may be fairly simple, but it sure grows on you. Cool track.

Charlie Touche dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit of stereo typical Asian melody-isms and crunchy reverb crashes, along with a double picked lead line with significant charm, give "Charlie Touche" an engaging sound. This eventually gets pretty intense.

Phibes & Vulnavia - Just Married!! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a backtrack that's steeped in "Jack The Ripper," this track verges on menacing. Its intense echoed guitar creates tension. Vibrato eventually come in, as does churning electro whirl. "Phibes & Vulnavia - Just Married!!" grew on my over time. I like it!

Horny Lava Lamp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Horny Lava Lamp" is swimming in charm and reverb crashes, along with stinging whammy. At first, I thought it seemed forced, but soon I was a fan. Great reverb crashes throughout.

7th Planet [Reboot] dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums and Euro guitar sound. Warbly Theremin adds a weird edge, which is wholly appropriate for the title. Spacy in a Ventures kind of way, and just loaded with whammy, but it's the percussion I most like.

Die 1000 Wellen Das Mr. Mabuse dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very cool rhythm track backs long whammy chords with an island feeling. "Die 1000 Wellen Das Mr. Mabuse" is a bit spooky, and sci-fi edged via long whistling keyboard notes. The Theremin takes it into the lab... very fun!

Number Six? dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit like a slow and sludgy "Boss" (Rumblers) at times, "Number Six?" is ominous and whirly too. The keys create uneasy weirdness, as does the delay on the drums.

Mant! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Some really cool effects and muted rhythm guitar over a straight surf beat, with long guitar leaning on echo. This is sci-fi surf sporting an infectious rhythm track. The rum solo engages as echoed guitar loops slow rises while the drums fade out. Very cool!

El Supersonico dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Semi sludgy, "El Supersonico" plods along at a modest pace while tortured guitar menaces. It has a decidedly European sound, amp with reverb crashes. There's drama and danger here.