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Twanguero - Lo-Fi Experiments In Twangdotdotdotdotdot
artworkWell now! Twanguero is an entirely new breed. Big Texas twang, superb violin, surf, and a whole lot more. Their sound is big, intense, sweeping, panoramic, and totally compelling. If you are at all adventurous, this is highly recommended.
Picks: TG Trot, Goldfinger, Surf Samba, Apache, Minor Slide, Night Crawler, Riff Along, Dinosaur

Track by Track Review


TG Trot dotdotdotdot
Radical Texas Twang (Instrumental)

"TG Trot" is a blues-rock-ish twanger with a country riff and big guitar sound. Its command of the listener is via an intense sound. The violin is easily the coolest element when it takes the lead. The very fact that the fiddle plays in a sweet melodic fashion in contrast to the big twang adds a dimension of mystery.

Goldfinger dotdotdotdot
Radical Spy Twang (Instrumental)

This is a major twang cover of John Barry's score. Big, sweeping, and expansive, with intensity and high magnitude command. There's psychedelic long sustain verging on feedback, and almost David LaFlamme-like violin. "Goldfinger" keeps rising in intensity in search of a crescendo. Very cool!

Surf Samba dotdotdotdotdot
Radical Texas Surf (Instrumental)

What an interesting combination of sounds. Samba's romance twanged through surf's primal nature, spiked with superb violin, and all blended in an Austin barbecue sauce. "Surf Samba" is a superb track that brings you back for more.

Apache dotdotdotdotdot
Texas Indian Twang (Instrumental)

Jerry Lordan's classic gets a face lift with big rock tribal drums, Austin twang, and violin sweetness. This is easily the freshest version of this venerable hit I've heard in years. "Apache" is a monster of epic proportions. As with the other tracks here, the violin adds an incredible dimension. Wow!

Minor Slide dotdotdotdot
Radical Texas Funk (Instrumental)

"Shaft" goes to the Texas coast in search of new curl. The blend of funk wah wah, country rock, and violin flashed me back to the early days of prog and Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys. This is really quite remarkable.

Night Crawler dotdotdotdot
Radical Texas Blend (Instrumental)

This is a great exchange of fluids between the violin and guitars on a bed of bouncing country. "Night Crawler" is a light hearted stomp for another dimension.

Riff Along dotdotdotdot
Blue-Psych Texas Twang (Instrumental)

Ostensibly a jam I suppose, but the mix of cool guitar jamming and violin runs creates such an infectious wash of intrigue that's it's much more than just improve. "Riff Along" goes through a number of changes that not only keep up interest, but sometimes bring a sense of the great halls of San Francisco in the sixties.

Dinosaur dotdotdotdotdot
Peleolithic Texas Twang (Instrumental)

"Dinosaur" is a large and lumbering number with big twang and a very cool violin lead. The monster sound is quite a contrast to the sweetness of the violin's mournful cry. It recalls in some ways It's A Beautiful Day at the Fillmore, yet is nothing like that.