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Spindrift, Exotic Detonation (More Music from the Film “SPINDRIFT: Ghost of the West”) (Tee Pee Records)
CD Reviews- 9/04/2014

09/04/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



One ticket to coolness that never seems to expire is when a band focuses most of its effort on the spaghetti-Western sounds of Ennio Morricone, especially as preferred by Quentin Tarantino, but it always helps when something else is added, like Calexico’s mariachi angle or, in this L.A.-based band’s case, 1950s B-horror-movie spook sounds and a little glitch-techno. This sadly short three-song digital EP is a companion release to the band’s 2013 full length LP SPINDRIFT: Ghost of the West, which soundtracked their indie film of the same name, a documentary on their recent “tour” of ghost towns, national parks and other weirdly random places where they played old country ballads and gunfighter-cowboy stuff like this. All this being said, nothing is astonishingly out of the ordinary here aside from “High Plains Spindrifter,” with its fixation on emulating an erhu (a Chinese stringed instrument). The lack of vocals is something of a minus, if you ask me, but it’s plenty cool overall. B+

— Eric W. Saeger






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