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Kahuna Kawentzmann - The Tiki and the Guitardotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a mighty adventurous release from head of the now defunct Looney Tunes. It's nothing like them, and not like much else either. The basis is surf and go-go and bachelor pad and lounge and tiki and exotica, all poured liberally into a blender and homogenized for an hour or two, then reconstituted and inverted. More about rhythms and hypnotic beats than melody, yet infectious and intriguing.
Picks: GoGo Sitar, Road To Estoril, Place D'Or, Surfin Mau Mau, Ola Nueva, Caribbean Love Dance, Rockarabique, Late Bird, Brandung Drei Fuss, Come Fly With Me, Mr. Potato, The Tiki and the Guitar

Track by Track Review


GoGo Sitar dotdotdot
Exotica (Instrumental)

This is a thickly arranged go-go number. Minus a melody, a relentless progression supports a swirling array of organ and guitars in a noodle fest. Nearly hypnotic, it seems to mumble and grumble in grodie way.

Road To Estoril dotdotdot
Exotica (Instrumental)

Exotic percussion and grodie sounds mixed with guitar and distant melody lines creates an air of dissonant disorder and impending chaos from across the city. Quite unusual and pretty interesting.

Place D'Or dotdotdotdot
Exotica (Instrumental)

Well, isn't this an interesting track. In some ways, it's an MOR extravaganza, and in others, an exotic ritual with flute. melodically interesting, tribally impulsive, and curiously feverish.

Surfin Mau Mau dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based on a tweaky riff with exotic percussion and sporting damped and relatively dry surf chops, this is hypnotically rhythmic and oddly cool. No melody, but then it doesn't seem to need one. Even traces of reggae are found as every corner is populated with percussive bits.

Ola Nueva dotdotdot
Samba Surf (Instrumental)

Floating almost samba percussion and a melody played in duet between surf guitar and organ. Very suave and oozing faraway places relaxation.

Caribbean Love Dance dotdotdot
Exotica (Instrumental)

Light as a summer shower, floating on a fluffy white cloud, drifting like a tropical breeze... a very pretty melody in a near-hokey setting. I should hate this, but I don't. Quite tasty in a delicate way.

Rockarabique dotdotdotdot
Nile Surf (Instrumental)

Cross Deliverance with Sitar and Bedouin adventure, and you get a fascinating journey down the Nile. Surf guitar, lounge and exotica, and thundering tribal tom toms. Rhythmic and just too fun.

Late Bird dotdotdotdot
MOR Surf (Instrumental)

Really nice guitar work, sideshow organ, playful melody, and a sorta Jack Marshall theme. MOR with edge.

Brandung Drei Fuss dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This haunting tune floats on a sea draped with kelp on a sunny afternoon. Surf's flat, so just drift on the gently rolling swells and gaze into the horizon. Stunningly nice track.

Come Fly With Me dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Departing from the airport, propped up by kettle drum drama, this thickly bassed tune is like a calliope in heat at a Lawrence Welk summer camp for wayward musicians. Strangely attractive, yet cheesy like a bachelor pad gone awry. Images of the old Command Classics covers with boudoir scenes of geeks with boxers and black socks still on come to mind here.

Mr. Potato dotdotdot
Dance Trance (Instrumental)

Rhythmically like Joey Dee's "Mashed Potatoes" and electro tweaky like Yellow at the beach. The odd mix of surf guitar and sequences seems both repulsive and inviting - you know what I mean... The kind of thing you love to hate because you secretly love it.

The Tiki and the Guitar dotdotdotdotdot
Exotic Surf (Instrumental)

Lovely surf guitar, island percussion, tweaky sounds, rhythmic pulsation, and sparkling coolness. A fine track with an ample helping of friendliness. Gets right under your skin and stays there. Really cool!