Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|For some reason, I found this more interesting than their CD. maybe it's the two tracks that didn't carry forward to the release, or maybe its the songs that had not arrived yet. I really like "Paint It Black" and "Moving In Stereo."|
Picks: Riptide, Spanish Surf, Pacita's Lament (Hablo Espanol), Spy vs. Spy, Luca Brasi, Moving In Stereo
Track by Track Review
An infectious rhythm track backs double picked modern guitar tone before soaring lines take hold. Part surf, part rock instro, "Riptide" is an aggressive track with punch and thump.
Spanish guitar drama suggests a deserted beach, but then the big rock sound and compression kick in to bring it home. Punkoidal at times, "Spanish Surf" sports a cool melody and very good arranging.
Pacita's Lament (Hablo Espanol)
This is a lovely slow number with a fine circling second guitar and liquid Spanish lead. gentle bass and drums arrive in the second verse. "Pacita's Lament (Hablo Espanol)" is a truly fine track with a moody sound. Almost acoustic and very good!
Danger is implied by the sharp-edged compressed guitar lines. Dark and heavy, "Spy vs. Spy" is an engaging number in a rock groove. Kind of punk metal.
A ska-like foundation and rock guitar tone, along with some compressed distortion double picking create an adventurous experience. The change mid stream takes "Luca Brasi" into a blue reggae place for a while. Pretty fun.
This is brilliant! The Cars' "Moving In Stereo" is all dirty and dark. Heavy, brooding, and very engaging. Its dissonant aural qualities add immeasurably to the overall effect.