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Everything that there was to shake was shaken, and everything that could be stirred was stirred at the launch for the MUSE CD by Toronto's The Tiki Collective on a recent balmy August night. Florid songstresses and torrid musicians (the always exploratory Ernie Tollar, above, was especially smooth) generated a lounge-y tropical atmosphere under a waxing moon in an air-conditioned harbour of song, courtesy of Vesuvius Records and host Jaymz Bee.
- Corby's Orbit on the Muse album launch event
A new look at lounge from a crew that loves lounge/exotica but hates clichés and tropes that have been beaten to death. Mixing originals with the Bergmans, overlooked oldies and BOC, the gumbo is a low fire thing just right to heat up the frozen north this comes from. Nu lounge but not for the lounge on Mars, it's fun stuff you don't have to be a musical tourist to get charmed by. You don't even need martinis to enjoy it. Well done.
- Chris Spector - The Midwest Record on Muse by The Tiki Collective
The name Muse carries with it two meanings: Firstly as a noun, “to honour a person who is a source of artistic inspiration”, and secondly as a verb, because they “mused” over how to create a fresh new sound. The album is a blend of exotica, jazz, and pop music that will have you dreaming of beaches, palm trees, and wondrous sunsets. The melodies are timeless, while the production is modern and seamless.
- The Republic of Jazz on Muse by The Tiki Collective
With seductive vocals, lush and layered instrumentation and a production quality that is sublime and polished, this release is destined to create a new genre in jazz-exotica.
- Marty Delia – The Jazz Music Blog on Muse by The Tiki Collective
For the Tiki Collective’s opening salvo, producer Jaymz Bee has assembled a conflagration of noted musicians and chirps that could rival Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. Tenuously classified as “Exotica Lounge Music,” the 13-track project is essentially an ensemble of friends (led by musical director Eric St-Laurent) exploring various musical sub-genres, including snippets of surf, retro, jazz, pop and South Pacific Island influences of the 50s Tiki Culture. The tune menu contains a couple of standards such as Chelsea Bridge, rock anthems (the electric-sitar drenched Don’t Fear the Reaper) as well as pop hits, including a version of Nigerian/British chanteuse Sade’s mega-hit Sweetest Taboo.
- Lesley Mitchell-Clarke on Muse by The Tiki Collective
The twelve member Tiki Collective includes a wide variety of instruments including strings, reeds, sitar and a rotating collection of vocalists on lush and romantically exotic readings of jazz material and beyond. There’s lots of Ellington interpreted here, with Tyra Jutai on a saucy “Mood Indigo,” Mingji Chen oohing on “Chelsea Bridge” and Jocelyn Barth languishing during “All Too Soon.” Most intriguing is an exotic take of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Melissa Lauren and the Willows that is wonderfully alluring, while their read of “Hypnotized” is seductively sultry. Rich romance exuded by Genevieve Marentette” make “I’ve Never Left Your Arms” a lush delight and Denielle Bassels has fun on “The Wanderer.” Mixing and match with sensuality.
- JazzWeekly on Muse by The Tiki Collective
If I had to describe the atmosphere engendered by listening to this album, this scene comes to mind: a dim room (with mid-century modern decor, of course), lit only by a fire, an adult beverage to hand, a sunset skyline out the window. If you’re in the mood for that level of cool, this is the album for you.
- Lesley Carter – Great Dark Wonder on Muse by The Tiki Collective
The support from Lorenzo and Vesuvius Music was instrumental in making the Caravan of Music fundraiser a huge success. It was an incredible night bringing music-makers and music lovers together to raise $25,000 for programs supporting the well-being of our music community. The funds raised directly benefit Canadian music-makers, and ensures individuals and their families continue to have access to life-changing counselling services and emergency financial assistance in times of crisis. Thank you Lorenzo and Vesuvius Music for their help to keep the music flowing!!!!!!!
- Amanda Power - Unison Benevolent Fund on the Unison Fund Event at Old Mill Inn Toronto