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Vibrasonic - Instrumental Vibrationsdotdotdotdotdot
artwork Vibrasonic have long been a fave of mine. the CD version of Instrumental Vibrations has three bonus tracks. I love this band!
Picks: Aquabeat, Ali Baba, Sweeney Todd, Latin Vibrations, If I Were A Rich Man, Blue Tremolo, Latin Reprise, The Vibratremble, Blast Off To Splash Down, Night Train

Track by Track Review


Aquabeat dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a stunningly cool track ! A great surf melody and haunting ambiance created by Simon Jones's wholly original production. Pure "Pipeline"-esq rhythm and piercing reverb.

Ali Baba dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dave and the Customs' "Ali Baba" has never been done like this! There's a thirty second backward psych intro before Vibrasonic launch into a traditionally based sojourn into solid surf territory. While the basics are all surf, the swirl of the production and the slither of the sitar-esq passages clearly take the curl into Alice's wonderland. I think Dave Zdunich would be impressed.

Sweeney Todd dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tremolo throb and modulated weirdness disturbs the underbelly of "Sweeney Todd," a song with a superb melody. The layered psychedelia leaves only the brave to ride these waves. Not for the purist!

Latin Vibrations dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Brilliantly melodic and surfy, with Vibrasonic's unique sense of reverb and psych. "Latin Vibrations" sports phase shifted glissandos and layered textures and dribbled glissandos. I love this!

If I Were A Rich Man dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

If ever there was doubt that Vibrasonic was a surf band, this should shoot it in the head. Major fury and fire, written with "Miserlou" in the heart. Great psycho-surf guitar tones! The psych tone and phase shifting make "If I Were A Rich Man" just shimmer! I'm quite sure Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock did not have this in mind in 1964 when they penned this.

Blue Tremolo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Blue Tremolo" is a tortured, plodding experiment in mental disease. Surf and psych coexist splendidly in this pulsing mind warper. You can feel the chemically induced disturbance of the water - almost smell it. Wonderful.

Latin Reprise dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Latin Reprise" is a continuation of "Latin Vibrations," this opens from a swirly "Malaguena" with liquid dribbled guitar lines an some phrases liberated from classic tunes. The addition of surf piano is a superb notion! Haunting, liquid, and so very cool!

The Vibratremble dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spooky and horror cave weird, "The Vibratremble" is a moody number steeped in tremolo throb and dank ambiance. It's much more a mood piece than a song, that is to say it's not very melodic, but it's totally commanding via the ever shifting sands of its psychedelic energy.

Blast Off To Splash Down dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Extreme tremolo throb fuzz, spooky electronics, and future moodiness couple for a b-movie ride. If you're a fan of The Animated Egg, "Blast Off To Splash Down" will squeeze your lemon.

Night Train dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hah! What a hoot to hear a psychedelicized variation of James Brown! Chuck, swirly, and inspired. Too much fun!

[Untitled Hidden Track] dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I don't know what this is, but those of you old enough to remember pocket-size transistor radios will recognize the aural quality. It's a cool surf jam with a very narrow thin sonic envelope.