Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ixtahuele - Pagan Rites

This is a new release, by a modern band, but the sound is brilliantly-made classic exotica. If you love the holy trinity of the genre: Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Arthur Lyman, then this album is definitely for your ears. Most definitely the best exotica recording in a decade. These all-original compositions sound so clear and intoxicating you would swear they were a lost Martin Denny record. Instead, we have an ensemble performing exotica the way it was meant to be played - organically without synthesizers or computers. 

There are some killer tracks. While this Swedish group has captured the *sound* of those great recordings, these aren't retreads of old standards. There's no "Bali Hai," "Yellow Bird," "Quiet Village" or "Hawaiian War Chant." Instead, Ixtahuele -- named for a group of Polynesian islands -- has written & recorded ten all-new instrumental numbers. And though the band and album are modern, the music is decidedly classic in feel.

Here's the test: Put Pagan Rites in a mix with classics by the masters, punch "random," and see if you notice when Ixtahuele is playing. It blends beautifully!

Buy Pagan Rites. Put on your aloha shirt and/or fez. Mix up a Mai-Tai. Relax, and let the exotic sounds of Ixtahuele take you away...

  1. Black Sand
  2. Rarohengen Dance
  3. Brugmansia
  4. Stone Gods of Bimini
  5. Orust Luau
  6. Lotus Eaters
  7. Searching the Souq\
  8. Huahine
  9. Dengue Fever
  10. Garden of Mu
  11. Untitled bonus


Ramanips said...

thanks for the post sir, great album,regards. said...

I'm looking forward to hearing this. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.


ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ said...

Bought this some time ago. Very good modern exotica.

Relaxtronica said...

Nice share!! Thanks man!!

RYP said...

thanks for "Ixtahuele - Pagan Rites". this fits very well to Esquivel and some other exotica I'm actually listening to...

zerohero999 said...

Thank you so much for making me aware of this great album. I have discovered so much life-enriching music through the Fat City Cigar Lounge blog.....

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