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Tiki Tiki Bamboooos - S/Tdotdotdotdotdot
artworkWell now, finally a whole CD from this most amazing band. Every track here, including the vocals, rates your attention. Possible the most liquid guitar in surf, and very suave bass and great drums. This is a trio to be reckoned with.

Tiki Tiki Bamboooos are Miyaji-Tiki - guitar, vocals, Noriko-Bamboooo - bass, vocals, and Manu-Tiki - drums.
Picks: Into China, Shark Next Door, Exotica, Night Of Tiki, Converse, Go Tiki Go!, Everybody Says, Bamboooo Beach, Jumpin' Hula Flash, U-Ha, Stop and Go, Born To Love You, Tsunami Roll, Yeah From Miyaji, Misalu, Iloha

Track by Track Review


Into China dotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Vocal)

"Into China" is a one minute slow gong and oriental guitar run dramatically, which gives way to liquid island whammy chords. It was titled "Intro" on their earlier demo. It may be just a minute long, but it's quite nice and very effective.

Shark Next Door dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fast and infectious track with play in mind and a structure and sound that cross that aural qualities of trad with the spirit of the Surf Coasters. Glorious dribbling glissandoes and splashy reverb abound! Totally cool!

Exotica dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very reverby and reverent cover of the early Dave Myers and the Surftones' arrangement of Bruce Morgan's "Exotic." Tiki-Tiki Bamboooos replace the dry brashness of the Myers version with restrained wet reverb. It makes for quite a fine arrangement.

Night Of Tiki dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

The liquid surf of the Tiki Tiki Bamboooos provides a lush backdrop to Noriko and Miyaji's traded vocal lines about life in tikiland. This is just the most delightful track. "Night Of Tiki" is not an instro, but it IS a must hear track!

Converse dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This melody is not just surfable, it's also quite unusual. Elements of Japanese music and trad surf together with chunky chords portray a deliberate and big surf sound. Quite tasteful.

Go Tiki Go! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy chords, tuff percussion, rich wow-wow chords... this is quite an original track. Not melodic, but totally unique without being tweaky or gimmicky. Completely satisfying. Wow wow!

Everybody Says dotdotdotdot
Pop (Vocal)

Big twang chords and a super groovy female voice over punchy drums and bass. "Everybody Says" is a tuff little track that's more than just cool.

Bamboooo Beach dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Sinewy reverbed island guitar slithers through a beautiful minute-plus introduction before launching into a richly intriguing and playful song that hints at "(All Day, All Night) Mary Ann" and island breezes. "Bamboooo Beach" has the bounce of "Sunset Beach" and the structure of a Sandals tune. Very cool track!

Jumpin' Hula Flash dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums and a liquid sensual bass line provide an undulating platform for great damped surf guitar, which plays a bluesy thing influenced by Bo Diddley's "Hush Your Mouth" filtered through Dick Dale's "Surfin' Drums." The tribal suave of this track is irresistible, as is the sparkling guitar. Brilliantly cool!

U-Ha dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Talk about tropical suave! "U-Ha" sports exotic percussion and a sparkling guitar. Great tone, tuff reverb, playful licks, and an 'Ooo Ahhh' chorus. very cool!

Stop and Go dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Stop and Go" is structured like a sixties trad instro, with a basic riff that's taken through its paces. This is a great crunchy surf track in the progression arena, with a rich and wonderful attraction. Fine drums and bass, and Bassman big guitar. Lush reverb and a party atmosphere! The bridge borrows inspiration from "Beat '65," among others, in some places. Quite a handful. Very effective, rhythmic, and tribally cool.

Born To Love You dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slow moody stroll is a beautiful surf instro with a lush and liquid romance in the first verse, and an exotic romp from there forward. Not just cool, "Born To Love You" is very pretty, almost sensual as the sea begins to gently break on the shore. Completely cool!

Tsunami Roll dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Structured somewhat like a nineties Dick Dale instro, the big guitar charm and power trio combo are very effective. Whammy chords, round tone, and a rich mixture of percussion, smooth bass, and reverb. "Tsunami Roll" has all the simple tribal attraction of early surf, and the exotic lushness of modern tracks. The line from Hendrix' "Third Stone" is pretty cool too. Outstanding.

Yeah From Miyaji dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

What a groovy vocal. The charm of a California sound melody, Miyaji's voice, and a basic rock and roll backtrack, all add up to a really good time.

Misalu dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an amazing reincarnation of "Miserlou," filtered through the tiki bar, exotically smooth and sinewy. Perhaps the most original arrangement since Gallon Drunk or King Loser. The more I listen to this track, the better I like it. Liquid emotion pours from every silken note! Remarkable!

Iloha dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is mighty close to being based on "Aloha Oai." Slow and Polynesian silky, with great tone and island beauty. A very suave way to end the CD.