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Glasgow Tiki Shakers - The Tiki Tendotdotdotdot
artworkIt's no surprise to me that I love this disc. there's something wholly original in the way that the Glasgow Tiki Shakers write and arrange. Often gentle and playful, always great fun to hear.
Picks: Splat, Velvet Surf, 350 Bumper Car, Bamboo Boogie, Tram Jumper, Buumu, Agave Days, Spicy Stranger, Cotton Candy, Toes

Track by Track Review


Splat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich and wonderful muted reverb guitar rhythm, big splash, dramatic drums, rumbling bass, and a nifty guitar melody. "Splat" is aptly named, with a sense of heavy surf and rocks and the meeting of your butt and the cliffs. Very cool!

Velvet Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lush swimming chords, softly tribal drums, moody bass... it's a deadly combination. "Velvet Surf" is a beautiful track with a haunting air and slightly sad emotional edge. This is quite compelling!

350 Bumper Car dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the faster side, "350 Bumper Car" romps with liquid joy and rich textures. The backtrack supports the melody quite well. Overall, it's a splashy good time.

Bamboo Boogie dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exotic percussion and a very playful melody ride above a circulating rhythm and bass. Together, "Bamboo Boogie" almost laughs. The grin and tweaky joy are irresistible. I love this!

Tram Jumper dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the fast side, "Tram Jumper" has a sense of motion and adventure, and a traditional surf beat. The ringing tone and thumping beat make for great listening. The muted high note runs are particularly pleasurable.

Buumu dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Buumu" is slightly moody, with a sense of subtle danger and expectation. The big island chords and shimmer are really nice. It's quite apparent that a lot of time went into the arrangement and production.

Agave Days dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Warbly vibrato, island chords, twangin' shimmer, and a gentle pace gives "Agave Days" a moody after the storm feeling. The optimism peaking out from behind the breaking clouds is quite stark. The dribbled "Italian" lines bring additional emotion to the song.

Spicy Stranger dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Spicy Stranger" seems more like a rock instro than a surf instro, both texturally and aurally, at least until the liquid glissandos run through.

Cotton Candy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a light song, almost as light as the fluff of "Cotton Candy" that gives it its name. The muted guitar lines are wonderful, and the island chords inviting. This is simply a lovely track with a light heart.

Toes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Toss" has a decidedly traditional sound with the Beach Boys in mind. Light and playful, poppy and fun.