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The Hypno-Twists - Introducing The Hypno-Twistsdotdotdot
artworkThe Hypno-Twists live in their own world of sound, employing a variety of elements from several genres. A handful of instros here range from cool to ho-hum. I think the most fun is had with the unlisted rousing live version of "Shockwave."
Picks: Cape St. Francis, Cactus, Purple Alert, Zombie Maker, Shockwave

Track by Track Review


Cape St. Francis dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

I was expecting a cover of The Boss Martians' "Cape St. Francis." This is not that. Soaring echo-drenched guitar plays a tasteful melody riff with solid backing. Not the most interesting instro ever, but very well thought out and arranged. Big whammy and edgy grit.

Bolero dotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Slow and sinewy, with dissonant horns and a smoky sound. This is not derived Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" as far as I can tell. It's more like a fifties TV detective theme, but sounds a bit irritating to hold my attention.

Cactus dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a super surprise. A completely original arrangement of Brazil 2001's "Cactus." A bit of spaghetti guitar, sensual whammy, and spirited whammy. I love the original, and this really does the song justice as well.

Purple Alert dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Stereo tremolo vocalizing, and a fun rhythm track with a cycling fuzz guitar riff and sputtering sax. Inventive and engaging, as well as disturbed!

Zombie Maker dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Some horror narratives ride above a spooky tremolo and sludge instro with a surf and funeral sound. "Zombie Maker" is delightfully weird.

Unknown live bonus dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is an uncredited live track with a middle eastern horn and keyboard line and cycling fuzz guitar. It's all party, uses verses from "Hava Nagila." and is way fun. The sound is marginal live mono, but the song's shear fun. It's a cover of Zorba & the Greeks' "Shockwave" completely reinvented.