The Exotica Project

I’m pleased to announce the Exotica Project, my new 45-related website.

The Exotica Project explores a somewhat disparate collection of one hundred exotic-themed 45s through the motifs that unite them.  The site approaches “exotica” more as a style, and a motivating and creative force, than anything so rigid as a genre, expanding what have become exotica’s somewhat ossified boundaries in the process.

The Exotica Project: 100 Dreamland 45s
The site’s big gimmick is an index that maps exotica’s building blocks – stylistic components like bird calls, vibraphones and flutes, for instance – to these one hundred otherwise different selections.

I will occasionally be swapping in different selections from my backlog of records (as well as new acquisitions) and, with time, hopefully adding in more site functionality and information about the records themselves.

In the meantime, enjoy the Exotica Project.

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10 Responses to The Exotica Project

  1. Paul de Graaf says:

    Really nice. Great idea, great design. And great way to access a genre on a conceptual level. Thanks.

  2. Jill Anderson says:

    Nice! Fun to play with too.

  3. MrFab says:

    This is so up my alley, it’s practically in my living room.

  4. Sean says:

    I’m not certain if you classify her as Exotica or just Nutty as a Fruitcake, but could you please post Kali Bahlu’s “The Yogi Tripper” B-side? And welcome back!

  5. Dave F says:

    Great project! I’m digging the mostly-unknown (to me anyway) labels. Also interested in Lost Frequencies – any chance Marfa will ever archive those? Any way you yourself could make archived shows available here or elsewhere? Thanks!

  6. mandrew says:

    so cool. great organization. i appreciate how you call attention to the themes in recordings from back in the day.
    so… any way to DL these exotica beauties?

  7. mee krob says:

    Yes, the themes organization is a great idea. And Sean brings up a point: do you not post B sides for some reason?

  8. Richard says:

    Fantastic! Excellent writing. Dreamland…the word summarizes the sentiment beautifully.

  9. Holy S. says:

    Yes! The Exotica Project site reminds me of the golden days of 1997 or so when I first discovered the concept of exotica music. There were a few sites like yours, exquisitely designed, educational, fun, exciting, etc. There was one called “Vik’s Lounge” (, “Retro Cocktail Hour” (still around), among others I can’t remember. Now there’s yours–I feel 13 years younger! Yea!! Thank you so much for your generous work.

  10. paul says:

    Thank you for all of your great work.I love both of your sites

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