Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Os Ostras - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThis 1996 CD is a splendid release. Exceptional writing and a unique sound combine for a recommended listening experience. Seven glorious instros worth the price of admission alone.

Vocals include Una, Duas Ou Tres, Parabens Pra Voce, A Solucao, Banana, Hullah, and Cai Na Agua Jose.
Picks: Aero Surf, O Homen Que Comia Sabonete, Descendo A Serra, El Toro, A Serie, Surf Barba, Mandrake

Track by Track Review


Aero Surf dotdotdotdot
Tribal Experimental (Instrumental)

"Aero Surf" opens right up with glorious warmth from the chords and rich guitar riffs over perfect bass grumble and excellent drums. This is a fine track with a unique sound. The sun shines throughout!

O Homen Que Comia Sabonete dotdotdot
Tribal Experimental (Instrumental)

A modern riff circulates under tuff fuzz that for some reason reminds me of melodic Killing Joke. Grumbly and infectious, heavy and spirited, "O Homen Que Comia Sabonete" is a marvelous song.

Descendo A Serra dotdotdotdot
Tribal Experimental (Instrumental)

Great tribal drums undulate against groovy bass as warm chords and a silky riff come along. "Descendo A Serra" sports a cool intermingling of indigenous silk and punky fuzz. Totally cool!

El Toro dotdotdotdotdot
Tribal Experimental (Instrumental)

This is a brilliant reworking of Link Wray's incredible "El Toro." There's more infectious coolness here than any one track deserves. Link's energy, long modern guitar notes, and great rhythmic chop. Totally buff!

A Serie dotdotdotdot
Tribal Experimental (Instrumental)

The introduction to "A Serie" is a minute-twenty bitchin' piece with a lumbering surfability. Haunting jazzy and surreal, with lush bass and a magnetic appeal. The rest of the song speeds up and becomes kinda jammy, which is where I dropped it from 5 to 4 stars.

Surf Barba dotdotdotdotdot
Tribal Experimental (Instrumental)

Lush whammified chords drift across a warm lagoon to introduce this fine track. Great surf and tropical sun, liquefied and lightly reverbed to perfection. This is so sultry cool! maybe if you took the Vara-tones smoothness, Brazil 2001's melody sense, the Mermen's swimming chords, and the Chris Shahin Band's sense of jazz and surf, you might get an idea just how cool this is.

Mandrake dotdotdotdot
Tribal Experimental (Instrumental)

Deliberate and big, "Mandrake" is a whammy dream floating on an "Out Of Limits" barge down a huge river of loudness. Intensely powerful and lumbering. Excellent!