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The Squares - Eight Songsdotdotdotdot
artworkCan you spell changed? The Squares last release was garagy and tentative, punky and lo brow. This is dramatic, complex, varied, well textured, and challenging. It uses surf tones, but is miles from classic structures. Tip of the hat lads, you're onto something original here. By the way, there are no titles listed anywhere on the CD. That's not a mistake. The Squares thought ands thought about titles, but everything they came up with just seemed to stupid or nerdy, so they decided to let the music speak for itself. This leaves you in the enviable position of thinking up your own names for these fine tracks.
Picks: Untitled #1, Untitled #2, Untitled #3, Untitled #4, Untitled #5, Untitled #6, Untitled #7, Untitled #8

Track by Track Review


Untitled #1 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an adventurous track with a rhythmic nature and ominous edge. More about texture and power than melody, this is very dramatic and pulses with gloom. It ends by slowing gently to a quivering halt.

Untitled #2 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pummelicious, dark and power oriented, and very dangerous. Thundering drums and big drama.

Untitled #3 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a gently played acoustic guitar piece with a bit of a Spanish air. Pretty and fluid, and very delicate.

Untitled #4 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with dramatic acoustic flourishes, this gradually builds both drama and power, transitioning from softly edgie to intensely liquid. It's not melodic, but commands attention through the complex arrangement and intense energy. Subtleties and overt power drive this. Quite interesting. It eventually evolves to screaming distant sustain, before becoming a fine surf instro. Quite a trip.

Untitled #5 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gentility flows from the guitar like wine from a carafe. Classically inclined, intellectually intense, splashy and emotional, this holds your attention through the shear building of the drama and the spilling of the liquid content.

Untitled #6 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The introductory chords remind me a little of "Red Plains" (Half Church), and the intensity is similar too, though less volume driven. So, imagine a slightly melodic Killing Joke driving by the coast. Yeah, it's kinda like that.

Untitled #7 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked, reverb splashed, intensely pointed, drum thundered, and thickly powered. Easily the most surfish thing here, this demands attention and drips the power of the tube. Very cool.

Untitled #8 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gentle and squishy, fluid and delicate, this drifts just out of reach, merely hinting on the wind of its existence. As it nears the shore, it comes into focus, shifting from soft whisper to whammied danger. A bit pompous and dangerous.