Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|16 new tracks, more of them closer to rock 'n' roll than last year's CD, and more with a little edge. These are 2003 recordings from one of Spain's legendary instrumental bands from the sixties. This CD will see release in December, 2003.|
Picks: Don Quijote, Los 4 Muleros, Los Campanilleros, Tanguillos de Cadiz, Sombras y Rejas, Dos Cruces, Andalucia, Luna de Espana, Spanish Lace, Maria Dolores, El Vito, Maria de la O, Limosna de Amores, Jezebel, Seguidillas, Lady Of Spain
Track by Track Review
Espionage Surf (Instrumental)
The largeness of adventure and optimism abound in "Don Quijote." Splendidly rich and warm.
Cinematic Surf (Instrumental)
Big danger via "Out Of Limits" licks and rising distortion guitar chunk threaten the peace. "Nervous Man In A $4 Room" has many movements, lots of interesting changes, well thought out panoramic placement (a great mix), and an ominous sound!
Tweaky Surf (Instrumental)
"The Adventures Of Rabbi Jacob" employs lots of different sounds, from a horn section and female chorus, to heavy surf guitar and great bass and drums. It's both magical and cheesy like sixties film scores tended to be. Scary and flippant, dangerous and flighty.
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)
In an inversion of the usual spaghetti western itinerary, "Gunslinger 406 Malfunction" dangerously brings forth mechanical collapse. Theremin, chorus voices, eerie bells, and a sense of Annie Haslam's Renaissance gone mad in the curl. Pompous surf and larger than life production.
Detective Surf (Instrumental)
Surf and Detective Farce themery intermingle in an array of sounds and smells. damped reverb, Theremin, horns, and a catchy break. This is very cool in a cheesy sixties way, but commands your attention. You cannot listen without grinning.
Punk Surf (Instrumental)
A lonely whistler wards off the darkness and chill of the graveyard wind while the funeral drums and surf guitar sullenly set the scene. Then, like there's no distance between surf and punk, the guitars richly churn out a damped chop rhythm against pumped drums and thundering bass. "2003 Horsepower" is more than just threatening. Amazing!
Metal Surf (Instrumental)
This is a tasteful arrangement of Ernesto Lacuona's grand "The Breeze and I." It's big, features a gutty double picked low-E verse, and lots of fluid playing. Quite nice.
Cowpunk Surf (Instrumental)
Against a cowpunk beat, stereo guitars drive the herd to the edge of the cliff. "English, English, English" is an open plains kinda song, but from the back of a pickup, not a horse. Great stuff!
Evil Pulsing Surf (Instrumental)
Punk and disorderly dark chord thrash, with a circular progression that hammers and revives. When the horns come in, it's quite a contrast. Imagine orchestral punk! Heavy and chunky to the max.
Damped surf, didgeridoo or jaws harp, and a fine melody line. "Second Look" is a brilliant piece of music with big surf ideas and bachelor pad add-ons. Imaginative and intriguing, with a catchy sound.
Adventurous Surf (Instrumental)
The lead line to "Sunday Syndrome" is well developed and interesting on its own, and fronting middle eastern percussion and rhythm patterns, it takes on a surreal sound. More than adventurous, requiring you to remove your attitude hat. Amazing!
This is a slow and ultra groovy track. The silky intro gives way to double picked playfulness as the main body of the song comes in. "Sharqiya" is an unusual song in a fairly straight surf format, but it's dissonant danger and nontraditional beat set it apart. Very cool!
Like a slightly edgy romancer, "Limosna de Amores" flows with a little drama and a little heart. On the light side, yet also showing restrained power. Good track.
More edge than others here, this rousing version of Frankie Laine's "Jezebel" is pure rompin' fun. It's a long way from the ultra gnarl of the Illusions' version, but the galloping beat and atmospherics captured my attention and held it. Great track!
A fascinating, almost military rhythm runs under this dramatic and playful song. "Seguidillas" is endearing and wand warm, and even a little bit rock 'n' roll.
Rock MOR (Instrumental)
What a fun track! Long have I waited for a decent rock instro cut of "Lady Of Spain." On the soft side, but dramatic and ceremonial in its own way. Quite fun.