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Twin Tones - Nacion Apachedotdotdotdot
artworkTwin Tones are a very cool band from Mexico City. Their music is a combination of surf, spaghetti western, Southwest desert, and traditional Mexican musics. These recordings are very cool. Plenty of whammy, twang, and charm.
Picks: Nacion Apache, Banditos, A 10 Pasos De La Muerte, Nomadas, Territorio Robado (El Dorado), Joaquin Murrieta (El Bandolero), Salon Chihuahua, El Mexicano, Doroteo Arango, Flor Del Desierto, Dos Arbolitos, Aztlan

Track by Track Review


Nacion Apache dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a superb track with big chord drama & galloping drums carrying a rich guitar melody in the western image vein. Slide, acoustic, and bass round out this stellar track. The double picked lines in the middle drip surf, especially as they transition between registers through a fine glissando.

Banditos dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Banditos" uses a rockabilly stomp and whammy twang in a spaghetti western format to create a watery desert image. This is a totally infectious track! A splendid dribbling double picked break and rich twang abound.

A 10 Pasos De La Muerte dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"A 10 Pasos De La Muerte" is a lovely piece, with a gentle rhythm and haunting desert melody. The loveliness of the song is in its melody and delicate sound. Mexican and Southwest elements combine with a bit of surf for a superb track.

Nomadas dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent cowboy drums run beneath a very fine melody that is very surf. This is a thoroughly enjoyable track, with a high plains adventure scene painted by gnarly surf. "Nomadas" splendidly rolls along.

Territorio Robado (El Dorado) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A lonely guitar and spaghetti western narrative haunt "Territorio Robado (El Dorado)." The orchestral keys add a cinematic feeling. It ends in whistling. "Stolen Territory" is a very cool track.

Joaquin Murrieta (El Bandolero) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very groovy blend of surf whammy, spaghetti western rhythm, glissandos, and desert charm. "Joaquin Murrieta (El Bandolero)" really moves and haunts. A splendid merger of elements.

Salon Chihuahua dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Salon Chihuahua" is a happy and light hearted song with a more or less standard rock format born on winds from the South. Quite fun.

El Mexicano dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Goofy carnival organ plays an Augie Meyers-like riff to carry "El Mexicano" into the night. Imagine The Sir Douglas Quintet grooving at the beach! This is just too much fun!

Doroteo Arango dotdotdot
Traditional Mexican (Instrumental)

In a Mexican polka style, complete with accordion, the Twin Tones romp and play with glee. "Doroteo Arango" is a wonderful journey through traditional sounds and styles, yet somehow emulates the shore.

Flor Del Desierto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Flor Del Desierto" has a great deal of the traditional Mexican polka in it. The melody liberates a small portion form "La Cucaracha." "Flower Of The Desert" is very traditional, yet modern sounding.

Dos Arbolitos dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Two Little Trees" is a delicate song in a fairly traditional setting. Lovely guitars, soft bass, and a sad sunset feeling.

Aztlan dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Aztlan" is a slow and sad number in sad tone with a bit of ambient nature. Very delicate playing on both acoustic guitars.