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Tele Ranch - Prairie Surfin'dotdotdotdot
artworkTele Ranch is Steve Barker, back by his fictitious band with the great name, The Fabulous Ditherie Dudes. Prairie Surfin' is a solid set of home brew tracks.
Picks: I've Had Worse, Prairie Surfin', Min Min's Spicy Shrimp Nari, Chance Encounter, Bhubbah Ghannouj, I Still Miss The (Puget) Sound

Track by Track Review


I've Had Worse dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a gentle but rich echo fest of cool guitar and exotic percussion. The rhythm guitar pattern may be the most interesting part, at least until the double picked verse. A very nice track.

Prairie Surfin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a suave, slow, and slithery track that features glorious chords and shimmering echoed tremolo for haunting mystery. "Prairie Surfin'" is delicate and very pleasant, with a melody that reminds me of Kraan's early output.

Min Min's Spicy Shrimp Nari dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A classic beat and gong are introduced keys and guitar in sync, but soon they diverge into a whimsical island sound. "Min Min's Spicy Shrimp Nari" is airy and fragrant with tropical ooze. This is really nice.

Chance Encounter dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Chance Encounter" is an easy, semi Spanish number with a playful melody played on duel strings. While interesting at tomes, it didn't bring me back.

Bhubbah Ghannouj dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very nice bass line and exotic percussion run at odds with a round and smooth lead melody. The big whammy and sustain, the flash of it all, and the echo twango all add up to an engaging mesh of counter intuitive sounds. Very original, slightly Middle Eastern or Indian, and very cool!

I Still Miss The (Puget) Sound dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow, keyboard washed, and silky, "I Still Miss The (Puget) Sound" slithers slowly as the sun sets, a sight not all that common on Puget Sound. very pretty and pleasant, and s bit island inspired. The delicate dribbled lines are very nice indeed!