Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Weisstronauts - Featuring Perkydotdotdotdot
artworkThe Weisstronauts always create original and adventurous music outside the normal bounds. This is another step in that journey. It's a very cool release. If you're looking for surf, this isn't it, but as rock instros go, Featuring Perky is a fine release.
Picks: Thrifty, Berlining, Creosote, Fibonacci, I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself, Perky, Uncle Turtle/Johnny Drama, Serpentini, Jade Cow 2005, The Golden Egg, Odysseus Goes To America, Outskirts, Fajity, Pete's Bucket, I'm Black/Ain't Got No, Thrifty 2, Frozen Pipe Boogie, Untitled

Track by Track Review

Thrifty dotdotdot
Surf ()

This is a happy track with a warm sound and spring day feeling. A lovely bridge joins the lighthearted song together. A simple pleasure, suggesting a soundtrack to a vacation travelog.

Berlining dotdotdot
Rock ()

"Berlining" lumbers through tweaky electronics and heavy bass, long fuzz chords, psychedelic guitar licks, and a dark image that harkens back to the halcyon days of the large hall shows in the summer of '67. It grows on you as you listen.

Creosote dotdotdot
Country Rock ()

A light and fluid song with a brittle edge and cactus feeling, "Creosote" slowly unveils the sunset plains of a distant past. This is a very visual song.

Fibonacci dotdotdot
Country Rock ()

Slightly angular, like a mix of Zappa and Stax-Volt instros, with a touch of big psych guitar. "Fibonacci" is more relentless than engaging, yet it surely soars.

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself dotdotdot
Country Rock ()

A playful riff and warm country tone manage to create the feeling of grandpa's porch just over the horizon, complicated by the entanglements of city life. Very original.

Perky dotdotdot
Country Rock ()

You might expect a bouncy track, a scent of magnolia on a wisp of country air, and maybe the satisfaction of a post-pancake morning stroll. If you do, you won't be disappointed. This is a lovely flowing piece with that kind of warmth and welcome.

Uncle Turtle/Johnny Drama dotdotdotdot
Country Rock ()

"Uncle Turtle" reminds me of Buck Owens via its simple country warmth, rich melody, and easy gate, skewed slightly by the sort of playful reinvention of country that Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys used to be so good at. "Uncle Turtle" has a big drama break that's quite cinematic.

Serpentini dotdotdotdot
Country Prog ()

This is hard to categorize. It's country, it's rock, it's sophisticated, and it sport duel leads like Epitaph and Wig Wam used to use. Perhaps inspired by the folk-country variant of Kraut Rock, "Serpentini" is an adventure in the art of music. Excellent.

Jade Cow 2005 dotdotdot
Rock ()

Big twang stomp riff rock with whammy chords and edge. "Jade Cow 2005" is a well developed rock instro in the eighties Austin mold. Very nicely done.

The Golden Egg dotdotdotdot
Rock ()

"The Golden Egg" moves slowly through a soft environ where the sun is setting and tomorrow will be a better day. The drums and bass gently provide emotion and the guitars layout the the story line. Very soothing in the same way that Fleetwood Mac's "Albatross" is.

Odysseus Goes To America dotdotdotdot
Country Rock ()

The rolling beat of "Odysseus Goes To America" is very endearing, and the melody plays warmly, portraying a hoe-down's joyous fun. Thoroughly fun!

Outskirts dotdotdot
Rock ()

A slow and gentle track with shimmer and a hint of the emotion of Rosie and the Originals' "Angel Baby." "Outskirts" simmers with tremolo and lush fluidity. Very pretty.

Fajity dotdotdotdot
Sitar Psych ()

Tribal drums and psychedelic sitar-toasted guitar project a sense of the many lush instros that borrowed sitar when it was trendy. The melody is pretty, the tremolo shimmering, the drums magnetic, and the bass very soothing. This is wonderful.

Pete's Bucket dotdotdot
Rock ()

This is a gutty rock instro with bells and a spy edge. It's more dramatic than melodic, and sports a thick sound.

I'm Black/Ain't Got No dotdotdotdot
Sitar Rock ()

What a marvelously playful track. A wonderfully bouncy rhythm supports the melodic fluidity of the melody, and the distant chants backing up part two are priceless. "I'm Black" is a psychedelic sitar number with a Cat Mother bounce. This is a very cool song that is thoroughly engaging. "Ain't Got No" is more of a groove than a song. I personally don't think it adds to "I'm Black"

Thrifty 2 dotdotdotdot
Sitar Rock ()

This is a playful and bouncy sitar rocker with a happy face and warm sound. It's not the kind of thing you walk away whistling, but it would be a great adendum to a drive in a gentle rain on a spring day.

Frozen Pipe Boogie dotdotdotdot
Rock ()

Liberated from "Time Is Tight," this song is an edgy rock variant on the sounds of Booker T. and the MG's, but with a darker image. Great guitar monkey business and a psychedelic edge. Very enjoyable.

Country Rock ()

This is a short set of chords riffin' away.