Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Manatees - 12/02/01 Final Mix Reference
|Five new tracks towards the Manatees next CD, mixed very recently and sounding like they have their wit and humor right next to their reverb. Cool stuff to come.|
Picks: Hog Daddy, Clepsydra, Iguana Moon, Invasion, Beyond The Wave
Track by Track Review
Really chumpy-chunky rhythm dominated riff rockin' reverborama. Not melodic, but at times, really infectious. It's kinda low brow surf with humor. The double picked mid section is very smooth and enticing.
Shimmering grace precedes and semi-aggressive whammy enhanced rhythmic piece with a sense of an open road surfari to a secret spot. The opening hints of "A Taste Of Honey," but alas the song is entirely different. Quite cool.
To paraphrase Donovan, dig the liquid slowness! Lumbering and delicate, liquid reverb and a deluxe Spanish underpinning, woven into a grin-inducing track that's sure to please. Very suave, with shimmering vibrato and great drums.
Ugly feedback and distortion drive the guitar, which plays with a sort of inverted Davie Allan sound. Dirty, yet friendly. Bass and drums syncopation gives it a robotic feel. The quiet and delicate middle is like a minuet for re-envisioning "Mathilda."
Ah, that silky theremin and damped reverb guitar... this is liquid weirdness with real appeal. Twisted whammy, disturbed howls, and handclaps from the inmates... quite a trip. One wonders if it's alien worlds that lie just "Beyond The Wave." Structurally and aurally, it reminds me of Hawkwind's ominous howl. Entirely too cool!