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TubeStone - Aligretosurffati (Experimental Surf Instrumental)dotdotdotdotdot
artworkWell now, this is certainly a splendid album! The early demos certainly hinted at the possibilities, but TubeStone have taken their fine writing into new territory via very clean production and wonderful arranging that reminds me of the Bambi Molesters. That's quite a compliment, give how much I like that band. The twin leads play counter melodies and simply sound wonderful together.
Picks: Blow Away From The Future, Big Piece Of Cake, Walk On The Edge, Sixtysitforsms, Bandi, Homo Electricus, Moonrider, Lazy Queen Dazy, Billy The Kid's Ride To Mexico, Roadcoaster, Katarakt, Stringers Walk, Beanow De Cleash, Blue Rose, Macaca

Track by Track Review


Blow Away From The Future dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Blow Away From The Future" has a picturesque, almost panoramic feel to it, with atmospheric reverb and double picked fluidity. The melody is very motion oriented, and the overall song is quite inviting.

Big Piece Of Cake dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is too cool! The rhythm guitar reminds me a lot of the way the Bambi Molesters use rhythm, more a counter melody than pulsing. The lead and rhythm trade leadership verse to verse. "Big Piece Of Cake" is a very warm and engaging instrumental.

Walk On The Edge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This moderately paced song opens with a bass run, but quickly involves everybody. Stylistically reminiscent of fellow countrymen the Bitch Boys, it's adventurous and very melodic, with cool watery glissandos. "Walk On The Edge" is a double picked song with a bit of thrash and sparkle, and a solid melody line. Ample changes and flash, along with a sense of adventure and tubular danger, plus a well thought out arrangement, give this song a lasting quality. Excellent!

Sixtysitforsms dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very pretty and moody song with beautiful ringing chords and a haunted arrangement. While it's fundamentally on the sad side, "Sixtysitforsms" also sports hopeful optimism as the sun rises on crystalline waves. Very nice!

Bandi dotdotdot
Storm Surf (Instrumental)

the chord progression here is like the main riff in "Calhoun Surf," but it is a far cry from the happiness of that track. Dark, grindy, and threatening, "Kolibris" makes the surf a damn dangerous place to be.

Homo Electricus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a playful song! "Homo Electricus" virtually dances on the speakers. Full of finesse and sparks in a very liquid fashion, with an amazing lead-rhythm interaction. Wonderful!

Moonrider dotdotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

Lots of optimism on this track. Adventurous and warm, with anticipation of the village green ahead. "Saunavihta" is a traditional song.

Lazy Queen Dazy dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Lazy Queen Dazy" is another song that reminds a bit of the Bambi Molesters. The relentless rolling nature of the song and its perfect glissandos make it a grand listening choice.

Billy The Kid's Ride To Mexico dotdotdotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

"Moonshine" is a very moody and pretty song, with harmonics and a few ultra low-E notes. Haunting and warm, there's a mystical quality to this track that's very endearing. The opening rhythm track is very similar to "Goldfinger," but that's the only part that is.

Roadcoaster dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very pretty arrangement of the song Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen hit with in the early sixties. Moody and spatial, but more MOR than rock.

Katarakt dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very cool track with a great beat and warm melody line. While it's very much in the Euro tradition, it's melody structure and optimism could easily be adapted to the surf idiom. Bouncy and fun. Some damped echoed lines, some open. Richly mixed.

Stringers Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Stringers Walk" is on the spooky side, with a long downward spiral of melody lines landing is a whirlpool of splendid surf. The arrangement is reminiscent of early Bambi Molesters. Circular and very engaging.

Beanow De Cleash dotdotdotdot
Storm Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy surf thunder rolls across the horizon. "Sun City Md." is a relentless powerhouse slaughter of the silence. Its thick sound and heavy handed rhythm masque a cool surf melody line/riff. This is a dark and plunderous piece of music, not borne of a happy time in the sun, yet flirting with just such a day.

Blue Rose dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

Following short-wave warbles and squeals, "Space-Twist" comes a bouncin' forth. Optimistic, almost flighty, with a pretty sound. I can't decide if this is a keeper or not simply because it's so smooth. OK, it works!

Macaca dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dramatic and Mediterranean or Gypsy inspired, "Macaca" is a splendid track with a lilting melody and sense of a sunny afternoon driving down PCH. Very nice track.