The Waitiki 7: New Sounds of Exotica (Pass Out, 6/7/10)
The Waitiki 7: “Similau”[audio:http://alarm-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/similau.mp3|titles=The Waitiki 7: “Similau”]
Though devoid of the ukuleles and slack-key guitars that may be most commonly associated with Hawaiian music, The Waitiki 7 — based on the island of Oahu — excel in capturing the “exotic” sounds that Martin Denny helped popularize.
The septet’s gorgeous melodies, however, do more than renew a bygone genre. Its radiant brand of exotica crosses into Latin jazz with just as much poise and dexterity, often melding the two with a lineup of vibraphone and xylophone, upright bass, flute, piano, violin, saxophone, vocal and bird calls, drums, and assorted percussion.