Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Los Incas Modernos - Los Incas Modernos
|This 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
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" 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.
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" ("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.
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.