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The Flat Duo Jets - Lucky Eyedotdotdot
artworkThe Flat Duo Jets are a twosome. It's hard enough to be an effective trio, but just guitar and drums requires very strong composition and arranging skills. Dexter Romweber & Crow have it down pat. This studio disc uses some additional instrumentation, but mostly, it's just the two of them. There are a half dozen instrumentals here, four of with will fit your surf dreams just fine. Always good to hear more from these lads.
Picks: Virginia Surf, Creepin' Invention, New York Studio 1959, Ludwiggin', Rockin' Mode, California Luau

Track by Track Review


Virginia Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dexter Romweber has this knack for hearing sounds in his guitar that others have overlooked. Not just tones, but chops and licks. His application of the ax charts new territory. This is a stunningly fresh track that merges the surf ethic with a dissonant country funk. Getting so much sound out of one guitar and drum kit is in itself quite a feat, but with so much rhythmic chunk as well, this simply pleasures the listener. Damn fine track.

Creepin' Invention dotdotdotdot
Country Surf Twango (Instrumental)

This is a splendid track, loaded with many different elements and ideas that are not obvious combinations. Fuzz, organ, and rhythmic chunky guitar work. Very playful and infectious.

New York Studio 1959 dotdotdot
Super Suave (Instrumental)

This track is a lush bow to the Brill Building ethic, where the delicate super clean guitar unintrusively laid out fluid noodle lines in a jazzy key with jazzy chords, like a lesser Wes Montgomery. The string accompaniment is priceless, setting the ambiance perfectly.

Ludwiggin' dotdotdot
Classical Brevity (Instrumental)

A chord progression, issued with a Beethoven like pomp. Extra short at under ten seconds.

Rockin' Mode dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Grodie chunky chord progressional rhythm oriented riff rockin' party fight song with a nasty sax. Nuff said.

California Luau dotdotdotdot
Beach Party (Instrumental)

With Hawaiianesque touches, sunny tones, and sounds of surf and happy voices in the distance, this very pretty and enjoyable track features pristine playing, emotionally rendered with a wide range of dynamics and energy. The changes take you through several mood adjustments. The vision of a barbecue at the beach is unmistakable. Chow, summer sun and no worries. Exceptionally fine track.