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The Gasolines - Tanger Hoteldotdotdotdot
artworkI like this band. Perhaps it is because they are illusive in the US, or maybe it's the simple direct arrangements. I'm not sure it matters. There's something direct, emotional, and real in their recordings. It's not intellectualized, and it's not lo-fi or no-fi. The Gasolines play honest instrumentals that I find myself coming back to.
Picks: Beachnik Road, Havana Cafe, El Moroco, Cosa Fai, Winchester, Picnic Panic, Hava Nagila, Krakatoa, Mattar, A Shot in The Dark, Pintor, Cine Triana

Track by Track Review


Beachnik Road dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Beachnik Road" is an interesting track that starts out in a robotic vein, but evolves into a rhythmic and whammified style with dark double picked guitar. Cool drums and percussion and relentless bass add an exotic tinge.

Havana Cafe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Havana Cafe" is a slow and delicate track with very tasteful chamber reverb on the guitar that adds a sense of space. The melody is very good, and the percussion and vibes add shimmer and charm. Very cool.

El Moroco dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a big chunker with great drums and a mysterious melody line. It has drama and charm, exotic style and pulsing energy. "El Moroco" almost makes you sweat without moving. Sultry like "Come With Me To The Casbah." Very cool!

Cosa Fai dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit of country funk and surf charm, and a fun almost klezmer rhythm. "Cosa Fai" is superbly cool in much the same way Meshugga Beach Party can be. All fun, extended by the tremolo shimmer of the keys.

Winchester dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cowboy charm, hoe-down beat, spaghetti tone, and grin inducing low brow spirit. The drums are just wonderful in "Winchester." It's not the most inventive track you've every heard, but it's really hard not to like. If you like Strangers 1800, this will surely please.

Picnic Panic dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Picnic Panic" starts off seeming like it's going to be fairly pedestrian, but once it gets going, there's a bit of dementia and goofy owl hoots that help it connect.

Hava Nagila dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty gutsy version of "Hava Nagila" based on the 1963 Dick Dale arrangement. Manic bongos add an exotic tribal edge near the middle. It's high energy and tons of cool.

Krakatoa dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Krakatoa" has a dark melody and great drums. Its grumbling sound and menacing ways warn of impending eruption. Excellent drums and moody bass pump up a splendid melody line on guitar. It's exotic at times, danger always, and very dramatic.

Mattar dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

The wind and harshly filtered guitar howl an exotic melody. It's a very eery sound that's quite compelling. As the song opens up, the bass and drums provide a normalizing background while the exotic melody continues to ride on the filtered wings of the lead guitar. Haunting backward guitar enhances an already disturbing soundscape. Psychedelic surf adventure.

A Shot in The Dark dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's "A Shot In The Dark" gets covered a lot. This is double picked and ranks with its peers.

Pintor dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Pintor" is a classic obscuro that gets covered a lot. I can't say I recall a bad cover. The Gasolines do some original things with it, with lovely acoustic Spanish guitar, big whammy chords, and bongos. Refreshingly arranged.

Cine Triana dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great rhythm full of sultry emotional fire and a Spanish romantic bolero melody create burning and yearning. "Cine Triana" is very cool. The break slows way down, and adds a bit of brass and drama.