Water's warm, the sun is just about to set, and The Surf Guitar Villains continue in fine form here on Retro Americana, with a tasty array or songs that again sound like they’ve been existing in the back of your mind, or playing on your radio, and all of a sudden they just happen to click ... causing you to go, “WOO!?” Well at least that’s how it was for me, and is exactly what I repeated when I heard this release.
The songs are a compilation of instrumentation and vocal renditions, that both reach back and forward in time, allowing The Villains’ music sound fresh and exciting for the next fifty years. Yes, they’ve maintained that surf feel, but this time out they’ve mixed in some spooky harp, giving the album a rich vib, reminding me a of gunslinger movie soundtrack in several parts. A perfect record for those late summer afternoons, when the beach has cleared out, and those long orange fingers stretch across the sky.
“Hillsboro Rain” will bring back images of The American Analog Set, or perhaps Mojave 3, touching your heart in that ways few of us will admit to liking. On the other end of the spectrum, out of the eighteen tracks found here, half of them are less than two or so minutes in length, and for my taste are worth throwing away ... but having said that, you are still left with nine wonderful tunes that ebb and flow, washing like the waves across a silent beach. This is very private music, and if you were to pin me down as to what that means, I’m not sure I could describe it ... it’s one of those things you know when you hear. There are two great covers, one for “Secret Agent Man,” and a really wonderful version of the Mott The Hoople song “I Wish I Was Your Mother.” Which leaves me here, resting against my board, wondering if I should take that last ride of the day.
This is some of that music, that once discovered, you wonder how you ever lived without it ... And yes, I do surf; I run a mid 60's Hansen 50/50.