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DOM MARIANI & THE MAJESTIC KELP
Underwater Casino
Label: Head Records (Australia)
Catalogue No: (HEAD040)
Format: CD (jewel case)
Released: June 2003
Price: $ 22.00
 
Dom Mariani and the Majestic Kelp - Underwater Casino
Also from Majestic Kelp::    Various   Associated:    Dom Mariani (Solo): Various   DM3:  Various Releases   DomNicks: Various   Stems: Various
The Majestic Kelp is the love-child of acclaimed Perth songwriter and musician, Dom Mariani, and his long held passion for instrumental sounds. Underwater Casino sees Mariani indulge all of his eclectic influences and the result is spectacular. Laid back yet full of attitude, Underwater Casino rides between 60's influenced surf guitar, guitar pop, blues and serene psychedelic sounds with a wave to spaghetti westerns on the way through. (bio continued below)
Tracklisting: (42:00 m:s)
  1. Roulette (D Mariani / R Scorer / S Loasby ) (2:46 m:s)
  2. The Golden Ones (D Mariani) (3:49 m:s)
  3. Tremeloe Sun (D Mariani) (3:23 m:s)
  4. Lisa Marie (D Mariani) (4:10 m:s)
  5. Tijuana Dreamin' (D Mariani) (3:36 m:s)
  6. Indian N' Ocean (D Mariani) (3:40 m:s)
  7. Underwater Casino (D Mariani) (3:18 m:s)
  8. Sergio Leone (D Mariani / R Scorer / S Loasby) (3:01 m:s)
  9. Cherry Red (D Mariani) (3:16 m:s)
  10. Let It Hang (D Mariani) (3:07 m:s)
  11. One More Spin (D Mariani / R Scorer / S Loasby) (0:56 m:s)
  12. Starline (D Mariani) (4:10 m:s)
  13. Oriana (D Mariani) (2:45 m:s)
The Musicians
Dom Mariani - Guitars & Bass on tracks 1, 11  •  Robbie Scorer - Drums / Percussion  •  Stuart Loasby - bass / organ  •  Toni Italiano - Bass on tracks 2, 12  •  Gary Ridge - percussion on tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7  •  Brian Retter - Hammond on tracks 3, 4, 5, 6  •  Nick Maher - Acetone Organ on track 11
Recording Details
Produced by Dom Mariani  •  Recorded at Undercroft and Loop Studios Perth  •  Engineered by John Villani and John Gailbraith
Bio Continued
Mariani is partnered in Majestic Kelp by Robbie Scorer (drums) and Stuart Loasby (bass / organ). Together they recorded Underwater Casino in Perth's Undercroft and Loop Studios over a year ending late 2002 with mastering early 2003. Special guests abound as Majestic Kelp segue from red carpet to turquoise seas.

The disc opener, Roulette, sets the scene as it cuts through a swingin' crowd at Casino Royale to catch a glimpse of Link Wray jammin' with The Ventures. Morricone meets his maker on dusty highway to nowhere in Tremeloe Sun. Bootsy and Ravi mix it up on Indian N' Ocean where Indian summer meets the Summer of Love. The sun and the surf take over with the dreamy Golden Ones. The psychedelic fuzz guitar of Cherry Red keeps the night cats movin' while a low moon bathes forbidden lovers on the beach in the title track Underwater Casino.

"Dom Mariani must be considered one of the top titans of the past decade. Brilliant!" ... Goldmine, USA

"Mariani has garnered more respect and admiration than any other power pop musician outside the US." ... Yellow Pills, USA

"Dom Mariani still sets the benchmark. Tight, powerful, cool and catchy" ... The West Australian

The Majestic Kelp's Underwater Casino is a CD of dazzling guitars and infectious melodies inspired by life in a coastal town. Its evocative tones provide the perfect canvas for soul searchers and mood merchants alike. Underwater Casino is a worthy addition to Mariani's extensive catalogue and a very cool listen.