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The Jars - Surfing The 1999dotdotdot
artworkThe Jars are a Swedish band. Herein you will find six tracks (only four are listed on the J-card), all originals with some interesting ideas and arrangements. Plenty of traditional reverb and solid entertainment value. All tracks are recorded in a demo studio that leaves something to be desired. This cassette was recorded on 1/4 and 1/5/99.
Picks: Sä Po, Theme From Duse, Jiggolo, Puerto Delamor, Untitled #1, Untitled #2

Track by Track Review

Sä Po dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Semi melodic riff surf with solid rhythm and plenty of reverb. The break is tribal and interesting. By the second verse, the melody morphs into "Runaway" (Del Shannon) before transitioning back. The double picking is reserved primarily to one note sustains and glissandoes.

Theme From Duse dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Theme From Duse" is a moderately paced number with swimming pool whammy, afternoon relaxed vision, and a tasty riff. Something like some of Da Surfones' compositions, the tune is a solid bit of writing that deserves much better studio sound than this demo.

Jiggolo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slower ska backtrack under a double picked Spanish coastal road excursion riffs and melody. Unusual and very entertaining. Like "Theme From Duse," this deserves a better airing with better sound. It's well structured and melody, and with the cool rhythms, it is infectious.

Puerto Delamor dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrato shimmer, melodic throb, and special jellies make a mighty fine sandwich of surf and stroll. Moody, mysterious, and sad, with pretty picture imagery.

Untitled #1 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one crunchy tune, gutty and rhythmically mean surf sounding. It has an open road feel, and real potential. The melodic value is high, and the drama is there too.

Untitled #2 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slower piece is Spanish influenced, moody, and wonderfully appointed with long sustained slowly whammied chords between lines. It's exotic feel and warm writing are excellent.