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The Birke Maier Trio - Banzai Oranke mit dem Birke Maier Trio - EPdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Birke Maier Trio play surf with flair, spunk, and style. Some fine originals and well chosen covers. These tracks were found on their website. I sure would like to get my hands on the real thing!
Picks: Banzai Oranke, Taiga Lilly, Runaway, Etage 8, Baja, America, The Gugelhupf

Track by Track Review


Banzai Oranke dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Banzai Oranke" is an intriguing track. It uses the basic rhythm pattern established for Henry Mancini's "Banzai Pipeline," and adds a much darker melody line over the top. It's a solid and unnerving track that oozes danger. It's like those films where you know what's coming, but the character doesn't. Perhaps influenced by the Barracudas' cover, this is in many ways more like the Surfaris, just punkier. Slightly silly, slightly angular, and very fun. Very cool!

Taiga Lilly dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sea rises to meet "Taiga Lilly" at the shore. The melody is part island and part surf ride, with great whammy chords and a catchy little riff. Its sense of motion and uncertainty are very clear.

Runaway dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

Beginning in an oh-so slow and sinewy way, Del Shannon's "Runaway" quickly becomes a twang fest of long delay guitar and liquid lines running over a tuff bass and drum track. The arrangement is very simple and quite fresh.

Etage 8 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Etage 8" is a very unique track, with a bass line and beat that suggests the Strangeloves' "Night Time," but is much less stompy than that. The melody is not related to that reference at all, being bright and fluid in a shimmering island adventure kind of way.

Baja dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine cover of "Baja." The rhythm is borrowed from Die Space Hobos, and the big snare that Paul Johnson used on his 1984 cut with his band the Packards.

America dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty interesting version of "America" from West Side Story. It's a bit angular, and a lot less fluid than other covers. I found it quite satisfying, if relatively unchanging.

The Gugelhupf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lot like the music from Tiki Tiki Bamboooos in its bounciness and light hearted sound. Infectious and tribal, with a sound that's hard to dislike.