Exotica. The name conjures images of tiki gods and bamboo matting. Drinks with umbrellas in them sipped by suburban housewives completes the picture. Is exotica nothing more than a dead genre that has recently been raided for lounge music or is it something more?
Wikipedia defines it very narrowly as Pacific Islander influenced, but it seems that exotica can take many forms. Generally escapist in nature, it tries to create a similcrum of the idealized version of a form of music in order to transport the listener away. Is Boris any less exotic than Arthur Lyman? Perhaps this theorizing is more the realm of K-Punk's blog than mine. In any case enjoy this little slice of the Pacific.
Arthur Lyman - Bwana