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Twanguero - Big Benddotdotdotdot
artworkWow! Another magnificent group of instros from Twanguero! They are not a surfband, but the glory of the blend of superb violin and exceptionally good guitar in front of superb bass and drums is more than I can resist! I love this band!
Picks: Big Bend, Clam Chowder, Cowboy Instrumental, Search And Destroy, The Escape, Mock Turk, Soul Stroll, Gypsy Ska, Tiki Torture

Track by Track Review


Big Bend dotdotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

"Big Bend" is a stunningly cool cowboy romp, with excellent violin trading lead roles with the guitar. Even the unexpected psychedelic swirl of the breaks seem to fit exactly as it should. Great track!

Clam Chowder dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

This is a quirky jazzy number that reminds me a bit of The Blues Project's "Frank And Kurt incensed." Thoroughly cool as the sadness of the violin is offset but the funkiness of the guitar. The slow midsection is spatial and very soothing.

Cowboy Instrumental dotdotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Big guitar twang, sad violin a la It's A Beautiful Day, and a cowboy beat get the stinging chord treatment for a western swirl. This is very groovy!

Search And Destroy dotdotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

A bit angular, dangerous, and dripping espionage, "Search And Destroy" sports great violin and big guitar chords that are all about whammification. Spooky and very artful!

The Escape dotdotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Moody bass provides great platform for the guitar and violin to play off each other. The drums are perfectly matched to this song. All together, they deliver what starts to be a deceptively easy track that ends up really engaging you as it gradually swells with chemistry and energy.

Mock Turk dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Soft and easy going, "Mock Turk" employs a circular melody line that's immediately engaging in the way a few songs do when you just know it was destined to be. Very nice track!

Soul Stroll dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Well now, electric violin playing so easily in a funky soulful strut kind of instro. Whod'a thunk?

Gypsy Ska dotdotdotdotdot
Radical Gypsy Twang (Instrumental)

This is a very fun and bouncy number with a gypsy beat and cowboy twang led by the sweetest violin. Imagine The Blues Project on a desert trip. This is really superb!

Tiki Torture dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

"Tiki Torture" is lush and loaded with island imagery. The sadness of the guitar gives it a lovely romantic edge. There's noting torturous about this tack. It's all enjoyable lovely sound with a bit of soul in the bass line!