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Moonlight Offerings

by Stolen Idols

Stolen Idols play authentic exotica, the tropical mid-century mood music made popular by Les Baxter and Martin Denny.
Genre: Easy Listening: Exotica
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Okavango
3:46 album only
2. Sumatra Mist
5:11 album only
3. Sophisticated Savage
3:55 album only
4. Moonlight in Vermont
4:12 album only
5. On Tonga Shores
4:07 album only
6. Brigitte
4:40 album only
7. Monkey Mayhem
4:00 album only
8. Invitation
4:59 album only
9. Revenge of the Pink Piranha
4:24 album only
10. The Kyoto Protocol
6:15 album only
11. Busy Port
5:00 album only
12. Tonga Sunset
6:35 album only
13. São Paulo '64
7:05 album only
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Album Notes
From Florida, Stolen Idols present authentic exotica, the mid-century tropical mood music pioneered by Martin Denny and Les Baxter. Playing primarily in the Tampa Bay region since 2008, Stolen Idols were among the sonic highlights of the Hukilau, Fort Lauderdale's annual tiki festival, in 2009 and 2010. "Moonlight Offerings," the debut album by Stolen Idols, features Drew Farmer (piano), Kent Oldfield (vibes, marimba, percussion), Daniel Navarro (acoustic bass), Scott Bihorel Yañez (congas and bongos) Ivan Ftorek (drums, percussion), and Jeff Browder (percussion). With lush arrangements and hypnotic rhythms, "Moonlight Offerings" conjures an exotic paradise with all the color of a Gauguin Tahitian landscape. Prepare to travel to steamy jungles, South Seas islands and Far East gardens – in just over an hour, without spilling a drop of your mai tai!



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Great Exotica
I first heard Stolen Idols play at the Hukilau Fest in Ft. Lauderdale at the Mai Kai Restaurant, several years ago. I was blown-away hearing a band bring exotica to life. I since learned there are several bands that play exotica, some residing in the U.S. and some on the international stage. Most are very good, but Stolen Idols is my favorite. I never get tired of their music because it is free of gratuitous gimmickry. Considering that the genre of exotica is somewhat schmaltzy by definition, Stolen Idols can quote its conventions coming from a place of having internalized it, rather than fall into the mire of patronization or pandering. Their playing exhibits excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail. That first time I saw them, they were selling a self-produced sample CD, containing four songs, including a couple of original compositions. For a while I was addicted to that CD, and still haven't tired of it. I have been waiting ever-since for a follow-up, and this is it. I am happy to hear some of the same originals along with some new originals and a unexpected standards (Moonlight in Vermont). The songs that were on that sampler have been tweaked to perfection and re-recorded with care. This is a band I can trust that I will like anything they turn-out. I haven't heard an unwelcome note yet!

Roberta Pate

Glad to see Exotica is still alive... a very good effort
I recently heard of this band through a radio show I tune into. I really like their album art, and musically it's very good... just lacking the sophistication of my favorite classic exotica artists like Martin Denny and Les Baxter.. This like most new exotica feels a bit kitch and laced with typical musical cliches. I would definitely have this album though in the background for pool parties, and gatherings. Musically a good effort.

Robert Darte

Stolen Idols is Good Exotica but lacks Sophistication
I'm delighted to see new artists reviving the Exotica genres.. Stolen Idols Moonlight Offerings is indeed a very good exotica concept album. The album cover is beautiful, but musically Stolen Idols lacks the the original intent of true 1950s Exotica. The original exotica artists like Les Baxter, Martin Denny were classically trained composers/performers.. Thus the original exotica was a hybrid genre combining impressionistic/chinoiserie influences, with jazz and latin beats. As time moved on, surf music, kitch etc. entered the picture.. Stolen Idols to me is a modern interpretation of the exotica form and though an excellent effort.. has none of the elegance, sophistication and subtle virtuosic nuances of Les Baxters, Out Islanders and earlier exotica artists. But as new artists... I'm sure they are experimenting and cementing their specific sound. I would enjoy hearing them play next time I visit Florida.