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The Sellcancers - Exotic Charmdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Sellcancers are a Japanese surfband using roots rock and rockabilly and surf blended into an uplifting and very positive sound unique to them. Well worth seeking out. This CD came to me by way of the Surf Coasters. I am in their debt (again).
Picks: Silhouette (Of The Tea Picking Girl), Sniper Fujiyama, Exotic Charm, Just A Turkey Step, Typhoon Sand Beach, Bamboo Escort, Miss Umbrella, Bottoms Up and Up, Syndicate No. 6, Movin' On, A Sunny Downhill, How To Twang The Middle, Paisley Morning

Track by Track Review

Silhouette (Of The Tea Picking Girl) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song is a bouncing number with a groovin' jazzy rockabilly sound and style. The playful melody rides lightly about the roots rock backtrack. Inventive and fun, "Silhouette (Of The Tea Picking Girl)" is very enjoyable and infectious.

Sniper Fujiyama dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a splendid surf instro! The uplifting flights of fancy born of the lead guitar are entirely too infectious. Supported by a rock solid roots rhythm track and gurgling water, augmented by reverb crashes and glissandos, "Sniper Fujiyama" simply commands repeated listenings. Wonderful!

Exotic Charm dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Loaded with bouncing fun, "Exotic Charm" seems to drip enthusiasm and charm, just as its title suggests. Fun, frothy, and frolicking with innocent joy. A fine track.

Just A Turkey Step dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

You might expect from the title that "Just A Turkey Step" will be a chicken bopper, but you'd be wrong. Pure rockin' surf, double picked, dribbling with surfisms, and entirely too cool.

Typhoon Sand Beach dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rising from feedback and romping into hard driving surf a la the Surf Coasters, this song rips and rocks! "Typhoon Sand Beach" is loaded with powerful surf rhythm, glissandos, and intense power. A fine melody and thundering bass and drums complete the picture.

Bamboo Escort dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More mid tempo, and riding astride the boundary between rockabilly and jive, "Bamboo Escort" romps with the sort of energy and vibe created by Buzzy Frets and his Surfabilly Orchestra a few years back. Very cool!

Miss Umbrella dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very friendly and warm, almost island holiday melody infects you with a carefree attitude. With a "And Then He Kissed Me" drum beat, "Miss Umbrella" invites you in, then keeps you captive.

Bottoms Up and Up dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit of a classical melody style, a circulating bass line, and an overall sound that perhaps owes some to Les Baronics. Precision playing and liquid energy, coupled with shouts of enthusiasm.

Syndicate No. 6 dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A solid bass line opens to loud guitar intensely invading the night. "Syndicate No. 6" is a rocker with edge.

Movin' On dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Splashy and fun, "Movin' On" is amped with the sort of shouts that the Surf Coasters employ in "Riding High," and it has perhaps similar infectiousness. Playful and optimistic, with some very warm and inviting sounds.

A Sunny Downhill dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"A Sunny Downhill" is a mighty happy and carefree song, with a relentlessly flowing melody. Roots rockin' sunny afternoon play on the slopes.

How To Twang The Middle dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

If you crossed Duane Eddy and the Titans, then strained them through reverb and a grin, you might approach "How To Twang The Middle." Happy, infectious, and very enjoyable. Great for the open road.

Paisley Morning dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Country swing with reverb, "Paisley Morning" invites you to a foxtrot in the square. Simply roots rockin' fun.