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Tiki Wave Orchestra - Nu Surf Experiencedotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a totally fresh sound, with organ often replacing guitar. That's a formula I usually don't like at all, but Tiki Wave Orchestra have done it with style and art. Imagine go-go, surf, and lounge merging. This is it. Tiki Wave Orchestra are now SuperJune and the Tikiwaves with the addition of one heck of a cool femme fatale!
Picks: Lord Rockula, The Bells Of St. Kahuna, Drume Negrita, Drop The Hammer, Max!, Soul Surfin', Hatari, Return To Polara, Riviera Paradise, Tidal Wave

Track by Track Review


Lord Rockula dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

"Lord Rockula" is a song based heavily on the echo pattern of the lead guitar, which syncs with the beat. It creates a compelling and relentless semi-psychedelic sound rooted in surf. While it's sort of light, it has great eighties surf charm. very cool!

The Bells Of St. Kahuna dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Slacktone's "The Bells Of St. Kahuna" is done with a big grin, with cheesy organ carrying the many of the guitar parts. The bell like guitar lines are replaced by cymbals in sync with the keys. Very effective! It doesn't really lose much of it's power from keys replacing guitar. It transcends into land of go-go clubs and Sunnyvale's Wayne Manner where I first saw Sly Stone.

Drume Negrita dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Ernesto Grenet's "Drume Negrita" is a lovely island beauty of a melody, also done by The Shi-Tones. This rendering flows in a watery dream state, with exotic percussion and intense liquid guitar.

Drop The Hammer, Max! dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

The Blue Hawaiians' "Drop The Hammer, Max!" is done with a serious nod to the surf-lounge masters of LA. This is very charming, with pumping keys and a big grin. Very nice!

Soul Surfin' dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

The Mermen's "Soul Surfin'" is done in an original variation employing organ instead of guitar, and the result is a soaring prog-like anthem. The perfection and power of the song enables various arrangement deviations without sacrificing coolness. Very nice!

Hatari dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Long bluesy guitar notes give the instro to "Hatari" a loud and emotional start, and t once into the song, the gentle guitars cry for attention. This is very dramatic, almost film score-like.

Return To Polara dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

This organ dominated number is Leslie driven and go-go meets prog large. Very unusual.

Riviera Paradise dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Jazzy guitar, Jim Thomas chords, delicate cymbals, and a low key flow like a minor Earl Hagen piece add up to lush liquid flow and sultry sound. My oh my.

Tidal Wave
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Slacktone's "Tidal Wave" is less intense than the original, but no less enjoyable. Power and style and solid guitar work. No, it's not as fast, but then who the hell is?