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Seks Bomba - Thanks And Goodnightdotdotdotdot
artworkBoston's most affective practitioners of lounge (with a touch of surf hiding here and there) have put together yet another very cool set of tunes. This is miles from the surf envelope, yet there's something here that's very cool in a tongue in cheek sorta way. I like these guys!
Picks: Up, Up And Away, Cal Tjader, Senor Cheeba's Strange Vacation, Soul Hibachi, Done There, Been That, Beneath The Shadows, San Mateo Theme Song, She Had Her Suspicions, Terminal Beach, Hare Krishna (Be-In)

Track by Track Review


Up, Up And Away dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

This is a rousing cover of the Fifth Dimension's uplifting choir-ish hit. Great drums make this rockin' instro very cool. Too fun!

Cal Tjader dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Named for one of the sixties West Coast Jazz's icons, "Cal Tjader" features jazz guitar and light percussion melding into a sultry paean to the man. Quite nice.

Senor Cheeba's Strange Vacation dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Cheesy organ gives "Senor Cheeba's Strange Vacation" a sense of a traveling carnival, while the melody line is minimal and circular. There's something familiar about it, especially when the big rock guitar comes guitar-hero-ing in. The Leslie can be overwhelming at times, but then again, this is lounge, isn't it.

Soul Hibachi dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Imagine Booker T. & the MG's in a British spy mood. Then, slow it down and make it flow. Aside from having one groovy title, "Soul Hibachi" flows along like a stroll in an afternoon rain. Very nice track.

Done There, Been That dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Hinting at "Hip-Hug-Her," this track has a coy-cool Memphis sound, though it's much more melodic than most of those sessions. Pure and simple fun presented from a pleasure zone.

Beneath The Shadows dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Man-oh-man, is this a cool track. The infectious ska beat, the muted guitar patterns. The big guitar drive, and the pumping bass all add up to one fine track. Wonderful!

San Mateo Theme Song dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Superfly wah-wah funk-n-roll with a real early seventies blaxploitation feel. The whistling midsection is an interesting, if ever so cheesy touch. This is film score material.

She Had Her Suspicions dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Exotic drama a la Martin Denny without the birdcalls and percussion. The rain on the island calls to you imagination, while the open bar calls to your escape. Moody and very scenic.

Terminal Beach dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Noisy guitar feedback and Hendixian wah and Mitch Mitchell-like rolling drums bring on a rocker with a loud and raucous nature. The drama is powerful, and the cacophony of the deterioration in the middle superb. It has the earmarks of Frank Zappa psychedelics and Blue Cheer's entropy. What a monster of psychedelic splendor!

Hare Krishna (Be-In) dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

This is a loud and jazzy rendering of the traditional mantra, with an irreverent meddling of sound and imagery. This is not a piece of music I would have been interested in seeing done instrumentally, but somehow Seks Bomba has made it quite something new.