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The Tritones - Requiem For A Mermaiddotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the long awaited second demo from Belgium's Tritones. It's very solid in the vein of the Mermen's modern psych side circa 1992. Very spatial and moody. Not trad at all, but very cerebral and engaging.
Picks: Chagrin de la Mar 06, The Man Upstairs, Vicky's Butterfly, Pipeline, Crockett's Theme

Track by Track Review

Chagrin de la Mar 06 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This updated recording of "Chagrin de la Mar" is very moody and spatial. It's slow and moody, portraying a sad moment - a sense of loss being soothed by the relentless wash of the swells that cleans the soul. A beautiful track.

The Man Upstairs dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the panned placement of delayed guitar notes adds a sense of space and time to "The Man Upstairs," a song that's imaginative and emotional. The moodiness is profound.

Vicky's Butterfly dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Vicky's Butterfly" floats on a long easy breeze. This very airy track gives up a vision of wispy air and floating colors. It's quite pretty.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Tritones lay Brian Carmen and Bob Spickard's classic in a wash of delay and an endless stream of echoed notes. It's interesting that the delay is so similar to that used by the Van Slyke on their 1965 take of this song. The difference is the airy wash of ambient emotion here.

Crockett's Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moody bass line and long gentle chords sweep across the horizon in the way that the Mermen idid on their early tracks. The addition of some samples seems to erode the effect.