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Mitch Schecter - Wanteddotdotdotdot
artworkMitch Schecter's new instro set is on the modern side with a clear coastal-California sound. Seven tracks for that drive down highway 1.
Picks: Wanted, Go Corvette, Double Dose, Mandolin Mist, Beachcomber, Brigantine, Blue's Theme

Track by Track Review


Wanted dotdotdotdot
(Instrumental)

Richly textured, Mitch Schecter's title track is melodic in a traditional vein, yet thickly textured and a bit prog-like. "Wanted" has a relentless modern effected sound with a post-sixties jangle.

Go Corvette dotdotdotdot
(Instrumental)

With a coastal "Ride The Wild Surf" reference and feel, "Go Corvette" sports a frothy California summertime feeling. Vibrato and familiar structures give it a friendly edge. Quite a nice track.

Double Dose dotdotdot
(Instrumental)

A cool autumn day awaits sundown along a slightly foggy coast. The heavy textures are strictly modern, yet "Double Dose" does portray rocky coastal imagery. The percussion is nicely used.

Mandolin Mist dotdotdot
(Instrumental)

On the Irish prog side of the aisle, "Mandolin Mist" has a warmth and elongated edge that cries out for brighter day tomorrow. Emotional and delicate, yet powerful. The layers of instruments are very symbiotic. It reminds me of a more serious version of early Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys.

Beachcomber dotdotdotdot
(Instrumental)

With shimmering vibrato, and a gentle melody, "Beachcomber" flows slowly and sadly against a sunset far away. You can easily imagine a free spirit drifting along the sand who recently realized that the solitary unburdened life was lonely and not what he expected. Nice track.

Brigantine dotdotdot
(Instrumental)

Eerie and misty, "Brigantine" has an exotic moodiness that's offset by California harmonies. It's not lyricized, but the vocals carry the melody in the beginning. Then, just as you're ready to say "Beach Boys," the song turns toward a serious recital and tone of slight emotional recovery.

Blue's Theme dotdotdotdot
(Instrumental)

Davie Allan and the Arrows' ultra classic biker epic "Blue's Theme" is fuzzy and moderately energized for an oddly clean arrangement. It's not "clean" as in tone, but it is very un-garage and un-metal and un-punk. So, how does it work? Quite well, thank you. The magic of the vision evoked by the fuzz and melody is flexible enough to collect power from virtually any arrangement. This is strangely attractive.