Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Silhouettes - Rautalankarenessanssidotdotdot
artworkGenerally way too much echo guitar for me, but very well played. The Silhouettes play in the European guitar instrumental style. Only occasional references to surf.
Picks: Tornado, Africa, Lake Bodom - June 5, 1960, Conspiracy Of Silence, Triangle

Track by Track Review


Tornado dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering tremolo guitar hauntingly opens, but yields quickly to a traditionally echo-guitar led number with a catchy sound and energy. "Tornado" is way more European than surf, yet there's something here that suggests the surf idiom.

Africa dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

Spooky and lovely, "Africa" is a slow moving number steeped in echo and shallow modulation. Its haunting ambiance is very emotional.

Caravan dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

This is an exotic and original arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Caravan" with slow wah-wah muted chord chops and many rockisms, all swirled around echo and string bending.

Muistatko Monrepos'n dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

Heavy echo and tremolo shudder playfully dance in a traditional European rock sound. Very pretty and energetic.

Lake Bodom - June 5, 1960 dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

The extremely long echo and layered ambiance is almost too much to handle - on headphones at least. The distant glissando and double picked surf lines take "Lake Bodom - June 5, 1960" into a surf cul-de-sac.

Kesaillan twist dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

fast drums and pumping bass give "Kesaillan twist" a lively foundation. Very long echo and an eastern European melody play well together.

High dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

Digital reverb, tremolo throb, and a deliberate pace create a haunting, yet harsh sound. "High" meanders through a circular melody that's poetic.

Elama juoksuhaudoissa dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

Bouncing Euro guitar rock with immense echo and tuff drums. "Elama juoksuhaudoissa" didn't catch my attention.

Finnish Knockturne dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

Slow and moody, "Finnish Knockturne" haunts the night as one might expect from its title. Layered guitars tremble and shimmer in a bath of echo. Romantic.

Wild Rose dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

Alternately muted and sustained through echo, with pick slides and a playful melody. Very nicely played.

Conspiracy Of Silence dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

Double picked in the eastern Euro tradition, with an interesting layered sound and galloping rhythm. "Conspiracy Of Silence" is adventurous and fun.

Kaunis On Luoksesi Kaipuu dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

"Kaunis On Luoksesi Kaipuu" has a gentle vacation adventure feel, with long echo and classic beat. Smooth traveling music, with occasional surf flourishes.

Triangle dotdotdot
Instrumental (Instrumental)

Spooky tremolo and echo in a foggy was of spatial reverb. Sax(?) adds romance. A fine backdrop for an evening.