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Tiki Tiki Bamboooos - Where Is Your Secret Spotdotdotdotdot
artworkMore great songs from one of surfdom's most original bands. Unfortunately, they were unable to get the engineer to go beyond a demo siund, so that ultra rich sound from the last album is missing. The songs are still great, just not pushed to thedge by that lush sound.

As before, there area coupe of cool vocals among the intro magic. "Bella Ciao" is a bouncing number with Oriko singing in Japanese, Miyaji sings accompanied by Oriko in Japanese, Oriko's pussy cat "Ob La La," which borrows a few lines from "In The Mood," "Beach (intro)" is a soundscape from the beach, and "Jawaiian Beauty," which is a slow and romantic song with a German tale that reminds me a lot of song of Kraan's early work.
Picks: Flying Kota On The Frisbee, Etona, Freedom For Jawaii, Sucuba, Secret Spot, Jii San Baa San, Tiki Hell, Aonori, Le Ciel Bleu, Gifu Jam, Sugoina

Track by Track Review

Flying Kota On The Frisbee dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Flying Kota On The Frisbee" is a pretty and fast song with great chokes and glissandos. The original melody is intriguing. A little angular, but mostly pure surf.

Etona dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slow song with a stilted melody line in the beginning, and a loungy slither later on. Exotic percussion and emotional, moody guitar. Very nice.

Freedom For Jawaii dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In an odd juxtaposition, Miyaji calls "Freedom For Jawaii" as this pumping beat number flows. Guitar and bass play around each other in complimentary circles while the drums bump and grind. The really slow end rises in speed and weight.

Sucuba dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a soundscape kind of thing with bass, subtle guitar, delicate drums, and submarine sounds. Very soft and pretty.

Secret Spot dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Secret Spot" features a melody like that's similar to the Halibuts' "Hammerhead," but much more island fluid and less intense. Very catchy. Ex-drummer Jimbo-san Tiki narrates his tale of his secret spot with a delivery not unlike the narration in early surf films.

Jii San Baa San dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In Miyaji's words, "Tikitiki play Asian rock !! : )" Elements of Eleki and surf in a suave arrangement. A mid very cool bass work, glissandos occasionally appear from guitar, and the Asian guitar lines are very cute in a very cool way.

Tiki Hell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Angular and mentally disoriented in the opening, "Tiki Hell" is a bit Asian, inspired by a sped up lounge feel over a surf romp. Syncopated, with several movements, this is a unique and enticing song.

Aonori dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A classic surf beat runs under a softly pretty melody that's played with island whammy. "Aonori" is inviting and warm, with a catchy riff and pretty sound.

Le Ciel Bleu dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Le Ciel Bleu" is a very nice instro with a fifties exotic lounge coolness about the melody. The guitar lines are inviting, especially the rich glissandos. It has a familiar feel without being borrowed.

Gifu Jam dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slow shuffle rhythm runs beneath a gentle island melody. Long slow glissandos glisten, a bluesy feel permeates, and there's an inviting quality too.

Sugoina dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal runway drums and undulating bass run under an exotic guitar line. "Sugoina" is like a combination of Gypsy and Middle Eastern. The oboe(?) in the break adds even more caravan beguile. Very cool indeed!