Toro Jones – Trailblazer [Surf Rock RED/YELLOW VINYL] – New 7"
While the influences might come from many places, they all clearly come from one era, the pre-Sgt. Pepper world of the 1960s, this 4-song EP reading like the backdrop to a True Crime magazine story, the music sounding like an equal mix of surf rock and the best of the soundtracks of the 1960s, both from drive-in movies and TV shows. The music matches the sleeve art, clearly fitting into the instrumental surf-rock sound, but also tooling down cracked two-lane blacktops in western deserts, a secret agent headed into a time-travel vortex of a fever dream, riding down the dusty trails to Bonanza ranges and Sergio Leone spaghetti western skies, 8-track sounds and tombstones shadows, clearly making it to the ocean for the reflective closer "Sunset at the Pier," the surf-rock sounds that run through all the songs of course especially pronounced on this closer...but one gets the feeling that the protagonist will never take off their boots to cool tired lead feet in the waves of the ocean...they watch the sunset sink into the ocean, colors bleeding together as our lone driver bleeds out on the bucket seat from the bullet wound in their belly...and maybe they never actually made it to the coast, but rather just pulled their Buick into a drive-in movie and the sunset on the pier is just a celluloid dream on the silver screen. -- winch