Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Los Walkysons - Travelin' Around The World
|This is a mighty nice seven inch! Some excellent writing and playing, and well developed and artfully executed arrangements. Four originals and one unusually arranged cover, all winners. Los Walkysons are from Barcelona.|
Picks: Bicipasmas del Retiro, Big Wednesday, Baja, Emilio el Surfer, Playa Bavaro
Track by Track Review
Sporting a semi spy melody with hints of "Secret Agent Man," this track is an upbeat and adventurous traveling tune with an open road feel. The melody line is quite nice and the guitar work almost liquid. Very tasteful.
Bongos exoticise this very surfable adventure. "Big Wednesday" is catchy and warm, rhythmic and reverbed. Not heavy, yet chunky and very infectious.
This is a light treatment of Lee Hazelwood's classic surf tune. To compare, you might get a sense of it by taking Al Casey's original recording and removing the heavy chunk. The distant organ adds an airy touch. Very nice track.
A little offbeat, "Emilio el Surfer" strays pretty far from the surf envelope melodically, yet invokes images of the curl. Sound contradictory? Maybe so, but that's how is it seems to me. It's splashy without being catchy, yet has many of the elements.
This is a really nice track. It is delicate like some of the Sandals' material, slightly melancholy, yet endearing and adventurous. The castanets add an exotic touch, as do the bottleneck guitar lines. Warm and very enjoyable.