Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Los Incas Modernos - Los Incas Modernosdotdotdot
artworkThis 1963 LP sports several instros with lots of surf influence. It's truly primitive, very garagy, and poorly recorded, yet it is often compelling.
Picks: Carnavalito, Arreglo de Shulfin, Campo Verde, Besame Mucho

Track by Track Review


Carnavalito dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A dramatic Spanish progression and whammy opens "Carnavalito." It's a crude but very cool instro. It's the whammy mostly that keeps it roughly in the surf idiom. There are enough arrangement changes to keep it interesting, and some bright drum spots.

Arreglo de Shulfin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Arreglo de Shulfin" is an echo drenched cover of The Polaras' "Cricket," though one wonders where they would have heard it. Unlike the original, it lacks any delicacy and muting, but it makes up for it in energy and raw garage attack.

Campo Verde dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavily echoed guitar plays an instro somewhat derivative of "Besame Mucho" at times. "Campo Verde" is slow and tortured, echo drenched, sad, and a bit haunting.

Terremoto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Terremoto" ("Earthquake") uses double picked gutty guitar playing a primitive line. It's a not-too-engaging track, though there are quite a few surfisms here.

Besame Mucho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Consuelo Velasquez's "Besame Mucho" is done as it was "Church key." The guitar is dissonant, almost sounding out of tune. Double picked at times, and primitive. That said, it's an interesting arrangement with a traditional surf beat.