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Volebeats - Solitudedotdotdotdot
artworkOnce a hard rockin' garagy band, the Volebeats have turned into an exceptional act playing rich moody and mysterious surf based reverby haunted instros mixed with smooth moody vocals not unlike a toned down Long Riders. Quite a nice surprise.
Picks: Desert Song, Kala, Blue Green, Speedboat, Moon Beams

Track by Track Review

Desert Song dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Desert Song" is a very moody and cool number, with a haunted reverb sound and a moderate dramatic pace. The desert influence is ultra clear, and the distance from here to the mermen is a mere diversion away. Gorgeous.

Kala dotdotdotdot
Middle Eastern Exotic (Instrumental)

Middle eastern imagery and exotic environs abound. You can almost smell the bazaar. The acoustic guitar carries the feel of Arabian nights over an almost Amon Düül II "Kanaan" backdrop. Very nice!

Blue Green dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whoa! This is one moody surf lagoon drifter. Slow and deliberate, it speaks of moonlit beaches and sad partings. A gloriously pretty tune, full of promises broken.

Speedboat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Start up that power boat, matey. This twangster rolls of the ears like a surfed up Duane Eddy with a huge sound and lots of subtle power. Whammy and twang, melodic, and optimistically sad. Excellent!

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Moody (Instrumental)

Very slow, almost syrupy in a sticky kinda way. Dramatic and a little too artsy for me.

Moon Beams dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

"Moon Beams" brings in a spaghetti western feel, but way more moody than the usual pasta rock piece. Slow and dramatic, and very pretty in a haunted way. The oscillation of the vibrato is just nervous enough to make you imperceptible squirm.

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Moody (Instrumental)

Mostly ambient, slowly oozing moods of weird darkness. A sad end to a brilliant CD.