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El Patapsco - Me Dejodotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a great release from El Patapsco! very well arranged and developed songs with genuine emotional hooks. Surf influenced, desert scoped, and adventurous, oh, and the songs are really well played!
Picks: Huevos Sowebos, Tralfalmadore, Keeve's Burning Question, The Anonymous Brian Connelly, Jarlaxle, The Death And The Compass, Robertson's Dilemma, Katy From Fell's Point

Track by Track Review


Huevos Sowebos dotdotdotdotdot
Desert Surf (Instrumental)

The opening of "Huevos Sowebos" is really cool. The lovely delicate melody guitar is opposed by the heavy distortion guitar to great affect. Then, a galloping beat comes along, bringing with it a superb edgy melody and cool rhythm guitar. The arrangement and pace develop as it progresses. This is superb!

Tralfalmadore dotdotdotdotdot
Desert Surf (Instrumental)

A lovely melody mournfully invites morning optimism. Kurt Vonnegut's fictitious planet is an apt subject for this emotional and soulful song. The tremolo second guitar adds shivers to the sadly optimistic melody. "Tralfalmadore" is a wonderful and dramatic song, rich in arranging and tone. Great drums and perfect bass lines complete a marvelous track.

Keeve's Burning Question dotdotdotdot
Desert Surf (Instrumental)

"Keeve's Burning Question" is adventurous in the scenic open country road sense. You can well imagine the top down, a hot summer breeze, and the sun setting in your eyes. Magnificent!

The Anonymous Brian Connelly dotdotdotdot
Desert Surf (Instrumental)

This is a playful number with a fun melody and semi-reggae rhythm. This one took its time to grow on me. Nice track!

Jarlaxle dotdotdotdot
Desert Surf (Instrumental)

Smooth and haunting, "Jarlaxle" sparkles with the shimmer of the sun off ripple peaks on a near-glassy lake. It gets more mechanical at times, and the string bending adds a bit of dementia. As with a couple of others of El Patapsco's songs, this grows on you. It's very serious, bordering on progressive. Some particularly cool bass slides towards the end.

The Death And The Compass dotdotdot
Desert Surf (Instrumental)

The organ adds a lonely spy sound to this occasionally throbbing number. Delicate double picking gives it a surfish feel, while the rest of the structure is more Vanilla Fudge-like. Love the long echo-delayed slides!

Robertson's Dilemma dotdotdot
Desert Surf (Instrumental)

A spy in the desert with tremolo shimmer gets you in the ballpark. "Robertson's Dilemma" is a bit low key, and is well developed. The keys remind me of Jim Bohannon (Pearls Before Swine) at times. This is all about the trembling guitar.

Katy From Fell's Point dotdotdot
Desert Surf (Instrumental)

With a funky beat and second guitar, and psych organ, "Katy From Fell's Point" plays and prances on simple joy. This is just plain fun.