Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Laika and the Cosmonauts - Amazing Colossal Banddotdotdot
artwork4th album from these Finlanders. They have moved more into keyboard orientation, much more spy music, exotica, and European sound. On this CD, they remind me of the (London) Tornados, but without Joe Meek at the controls. Just a couple of surf tracks this time, but they are well worth the price of admission. Dig the cool cover of Davie Alan's "Skaterdater."
Picks: Delayrium, Floating, Tantrum, The A-Treatment, The Ipcress File, Global Village, The Avengers, Expose', Aztec Two-Step, The Downwinders, Cafe' Equator, O.C.C.C., Get Carter, The Man From H.U.A.C., Azure Blue, Skater Dater

Track by Track Review

Delayrium dotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Tweaky churny pumpy theme music... not very interesting, but very playful.

Floating dotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

Thick and swirly Euro instro, with a great melody and a slightly muddy sound. The overall effect is of an eighties instro with a surf rhythm guitar pattern played dry. Very nice effect, almost synthetic and bubbly.

Tantrum dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Exotic percussion a la "Mission Impossible" with organ lead and a playful slushy feel.

The A-Treatment dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Indian almost sitar feeling, this eerie track is very ambient and reverbed out, as if recorded in a warehouse. The guitar line is repetitious but effective. More a backwash of sound than a song.

The Ipcress File dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

John Barry's film score presented in shimmering vibrato against an almost carnival organ. Interesting and spooky.

Global Village dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Euro almost "Telstar" feel, with the organ in the lead over a rhythmic backtrack. Not their most interesting, but one of their more unusual tracks. It is melodic and friendly.

The Avengers dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Laurie Johnson's TV series theme is brightly performed, though it's a little too hokey for my taste. Pure fun, with mostly organ lead work.

Expose' dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

A ska beat and a pumping bass support a whirling organ tune. Floating and dramatic.

Aztec Two-Step dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Great fuzzy guitar under plucky lead guitar twisted with intense whammy. Thick and urgent in a non threatening way. Chunky, fun, with great energy and a sense of humor.

The Downwinders dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Slow silky guitar with a moody distant sound and deep full track reverb. Quite pretty.

Cafe' Equator dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Exotic percussion, round guitar tone more like the Laika of old. Excellent melody line, lots of energy, and plenty of smooth twang over an infectious beat. Bright and cheerful.

O.C.C.C. dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

The "Oahu Community Correctional Center" must be a sparkling place to be incarcerated. Bouncy Polynesian fluid music, playfully oozing with tropical paradise. Too fun.

Get Carter dotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Moody floaty organ film score stuff, with exotic percussion and organ lead.

The Man From H.U.A.C. dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Organ against a spirited backtrack. Flighty and breezy, with fluffy energy.

Azure Blue dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Shimmering guitar beauty over exotic tribal drums slowly providing a jungle rhythm. Very pretty, and full of charm. A little serious, but always endearing.

Skater Dater dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Davie Allan and the Arrows' glorious theme from "Skaterdater" (the fuzz rock version) played with vigor and reverence. No one does Davie better than Davie, but this is a mighty good track with drive and a smooth fuzz drive, plus great rhythm chunk and drums.