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Robert and the Roboters - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD-EP was issued in 2000 by the ever evolving Robert and the Roboters. There are but seven tracks. Occasionally over reverbed, but well written and played, and often artfully arranged.
Picks: The Cleaner Goes Crazy, I Follow The Sun, Tanz Du Luder, Emil Surf, Das Madchen Am Tresen, Thema Fur Junge Verliebte, Muschi Rock

Track by Track Review


The Cleaner Goes Crazy dotdotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

I don't know if this about a lunatic maid or tripped-out bottle of 409, but it's definitely whacked. Demented cries of "surf.... and slam" punctuate the riff rockin' frat sensibilities of "The Cleaner Goes Crazy."

I Follow The Sun dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine cover of the Treble Spankers' "I Follow The Sun," with a softer, more round sound. It's an excellent track with an appealing sound and fluid exotic feel. The "Pipeline"-esq is more subtle, and the warmth of the melody line cooled down a bit.

Tanz Du Luder dotdotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

On the faster side, and spiced with voicings in a manner similar to "The Cleaner Goes Crazy," this song is more rhythm dominated and progressionally based.

Emil Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody line here sparkles like summertime salt water glistening in the late afternoon sun. Slightly sad, yet optimistic, "Emil Surf" is a solid surf adventure that's on the lighter side. A few voice injections ape the spaghetti western idea a bit.

Das Madchen Am Tresen dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Das Madchen Am Tresen" is a slow song with a sad and haunting sound. It mourns a lost opportunity on a quiet lagoon somewhere in paradise. Quite pretty, with occasional references to "Hernando's Hideaway."

Thema Fur Junge Verliebte dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Thema Fur Junge Verliebte" features a melody line in part derived from a traditional melody. It's a little sad, and very pretty, floating on a delicate and moody sound.

Muschi Rock dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Distant eeriness surrounds the rhythm track while the lead guitar softly vibrates in full vibrato. Then, "Muschi Rock" launches into a hard drivin' riff rocker. A little on the thrashy side, but still very surfy, and bathed in reverb.

The song ends in a long sequence of the surf lapping the sand, past which is a hidden vocal out past the 8 minute mark about Finland boys and the rodeo.