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|>>|| No. 8980
Ásgeir Trausti - Heimförin (Icelandic folk music)
Kaizers Orchestra - Knekker Deg Til Sist (Norwegian alt-rock)
Chetes - Camino a Casa (apparently this counts as pop rock in Mexico)
I guess songs in English by non-native speaking artists are fine too.
|>>|| No. 8981
Rammstien - Sonne
I like their monumental expressionist style. Very teutonic, but in a way that is strangely infectious.
|>>|| No. 8982
Oh, and I don't think anyone could forget Moldova's finest.
|>>|| No. 8987
I prefer Huun Huur Tu because I am disgustingly basic.
An appropriate song for my mood, by the greatest performer of all time:
While I'm at it, my favourite song by my second favourite chanteur:
|>>|| No. 8988
Apparently these guys are bringing back traditional folk music to the younguns in Ukraine.
|>>|| No. 8992
Dragostea Din Tei is the 00's equivalent of Gangnam Style. If the internet was more mainstream then we'd have ended up with countless drunken middle aged women dancing to the numa numa song.
|>>|| No. 8993
The only song that soldiers of all sides loved and listened to in WWII. Even though it was first recorded (and written) by ze Germans, the rest of the world took it to heart. There are English versions out there too.
|>>|| No. 8995
Quite the fan of neo-classical Icelander Ólafur Arnalds. Not his best album, that would be ...And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, but a nice song nonetheless.
|>>|| No. 8996
I was introduced to this a number of years ago on this very chan. I can't remember the board or anything. The band is Ю-Питер, and the song is Дети Минут.
|>>|| No. 8997
Enjoyable in small doses. There's only so much harmonica a man can take.
|>>|| No. 9006
They're trying to represent Switzerland at this year's Eurovision.
|>>|| No. 9007
I thought I was the only one keeping our memory of this video alive. I salute thee.
|>>|| No. 9054
While we're on about Eurovision, Finland's entry this year is a punk band where all the members have Down's Syndrome.
|>>|| No. 9123
Well that was just terrible by anybody's standards.
The one by Dur Dur Band was fantastic. I love the lofi sound all those type of records have, and the really specific kind of delay/reverb on the lead vocals that sounds like a poorly set-up PA.
|>>|| No. 9124
It's reminded me of this:
I'm not even going to pretend I have the faintest idea of what was going on.
|>>|| No. 9395
I should probably listen to more blues.
|>>|| No. 9577
Apart from beer, possibly the only good thing to have come out of Belgium.
|>>|| No. 9580
The actual words just don't match up with the emotional weight I've assigned to this song in my ignorance.
|>>|| No. 9621
Saw them live. I'm fairly certain she's singing in Russian but I'm not entirely sure. They're really brilliant.
|>>|| No. 10409
Korean Bossa Nova (friendz.net is a great channel)
|>>|| No. 10410
As translated by Eric Bentley:
Oh little box I carried in my flight
So as not to break the radio tubes inside me
From house to boat, from boat to train held tight
So that my enemies can still address me
Right where I slept and much to my dismay
Last thing at night and first thing every day
About their victories, defeats for me
Oh please do not fall silent suddenly
|>>|| No. 10927
They seem to have added the subtitles recently and now I know that some of the songs are actually about pretty mundane topics likeAladdin's Hardware Store and Hokkaido.
|>>|| No. 10945
You'll want to turn on the subtitles and note that Sonotone is a French brand of hearing aid. The gist is that getting old sucks.
|>>|| No. 10946
I didn't think MC Solaar was that old, but then I realised Cinquième As was released in 2001...
Guess I'm getting old, too.
|>>|| No. 11444
The Japanese have been mixing metal/rock with j-pop for a while though. Maximum the Hormone are a prime example of it.
|>>|| No. 11768
The playlist link is below the picture and pretty camouflaged. I tried to post a capture with a red arrow drawn on but got "duplicate entry detected" (or similar wording.)
|>>|| No. 11929
What a wonderful range of styles this woman has.
|>>|| No. 12200
If I remember correctly there was a furore and boycott of their gigs for being transphobic.
|>>|| No. 12268
As soon as I heard the opening I remembered I had booked marked that song ages ago you've started me on a short Odyssey now of going through songs I never went back and re-listen to.
I rediscovered this one by them.
|>>|| No. 12324
There's better ЛУНА songs but I feel you lot will be more likely to give it a listen if there's nearly naked women who get oiled up. A couple of them get off.
|>>|| No. 12325
You are correct. Song is pretty good too. Now can you link one of the better ones?
|>>|| No. 12326
>Now can you link one of the better ones?
Just look it up on youtube, lazybones.
|>>|| No. 12328
Went to a foreign wedding. This was nice. Shazam worked.
|>>|| No. 12452
Imagine somewhere so cold that you're not having to constantly deal with being a bit sweaty. You could put on a sensible jumper and some nice thick long-johns while you sit by the fire. Heaven.
Anyway, now that I have your attention Astro Bunny is pretty good. Taiwan has a good music scene from what I can tell even if you have to accept the odd ballad to appease the brainwashed mainland audience.
|>>|| No. 12590
The video is at least worth a watch.
And I can't get enough of Cybertruck now.
|>>|| No. 12591
Japanese is the most beautiful language for vocals I've come across. Everything ends in a vowel so it's naturally melodic.
|>>|| No. 12607
That was adorable. The dance moves were cute but slow, however the drawn effects contributed to a bit more going on and tied it all together. I feel better for having watched that video.
|>>|| No. 12660
Came across a a Colombian camsite gender bender with particularly good taste in music. Pretty nice tune.
|>>|| No. 12672
I've been really into Yat-Kha, a Russian band who do Tuvan traditional folk/rock
|>>|| No. 12686
It has been a week since I found this. I am unable to listen to anything but.
City Pop seems to be really fucking sound. Cheesy, funky, 80's. It's vapid but self aware. I'll stop before I go full Bateman. I will happily write a few paragraphs about exactly why you should enjoy this, if anyone will read.
My particular favourites are:
00:00: Plastic Love - reminds me of the girl who lives in the clubs, has endless energy, and would love you back if you could just keep up with her. But you can't, and she'll always want to stay out and do coke instead of enjoying a mug of horlicks in the bath.
32:41: 告白本人 - Not sure what song she ripped off, but it's got a great chorus.
37:40: 真夜中のドア - Sounds like it was made yesterday by a futurefunk band.
42:58 Oh No, Oh Yes - Think she's channelling Mariah Carey here, but less mental.
Those are a few of the hits. I hope someone finds as much joy in this as I have. I've never danced more.
|>>|| No. 12689
I've been enjoying this, it very much opens as a beep-boop kind of song but you will end up listening to it on repeat. The lyrics are just:
>You and I in solitude. Same here. Trying to change, trying to forget.
It give me a sad regret though over all the things I didn't do in my 20s before I got a career and that. Travelling as an end in itself seems wasteful but I feel like I missed out on living abroad at some point. Maybe it's just that I haven't been out of the country in nearly 10 years.
|>>|| No. 12747
I love foreign-language music. It's nice to see that other people like it too. I will now proceed to post links of pop music from communist countries, or countries shortly after they renounced communism:
Neoton Familia are the Hungarian ABBA, and the absolute best communist-era pop group:
Te Vagy Minden (earlier in their career)
In fact, you can see how long and sort-of varied their career was by comparing Parbeszed:
...to the late 1980s, when two of the three women were gone and they were effectively the backing band for the remaining one:
(A lot of their songs are also available with English translations, but I would not recommend listening to these in most cases).
Other countries include Ukraine...
Russya, Bud Shcho Bude, the first communist-era song I ever liked:
Yugoslavia (Dubravka Jusic)...
(warning; if you like this one, it's been uploaded with the wrong title and is actually called Plesacica, I think)
It took a lot of research, but I even found an Albanian song I like, although my eyes just glaze over when I try to read this woman's name:
After the collapse of communism, Lithuania seemingly had an entire industry of music that sounds like 2 Unlimited, and is therefore all fantastic:
Soniclove are the best:
But there are others too:
To wrap things up, let's chill out with some comfy chillout bedtime tunes:
Juda Tavo Rankos, a Lithuanian song from 2002:
Kummush Razzoqova of Uzbekistan, Unutna Meni (1986):
|>>|| No. 12758
The youtube algorithm recently spat out a city-pop album from the 00s and it's really great:
|>>|| No. 12764
Nena, the German group behind 99 Luftballons, had plenty of other bangers too:
That song also has a longer, 12-inch version which is even more brilliant:
Nur Getraumt is very good too, but I don't know if Vimeo embeds its videos like YouTube does:
|>>|| No. 12767
(I forgot to add, only part is in a foreign language but I thought it counts)
|>>|| No. 12770
Nur Geträumt always gets me because I never expect to hear Come With Me by Special D in 80s German pop-rock.
|>>|| No. 12820
Why did the Koreans get so good at music? I know people like to claim it's all in a hyper-capitalist industry but it goes beyond pop-groups and is nothing on Japan's (and probably the West).
|>>|| No. 12821
Ten years ago they were hothousing their kids to be violinists and classical pianists, but a lot of them realised that there's more cultural cachet in contemporary music - an Asian kid who's brilliant at classical music is just a naff nouveau riche stereotype, but an Asian kid who's brilliant at jazz might get an Ivy League scholarship.
Also there's quite a big evangelical Christian movement for reasons I don't fully understand (Yank military bases?), which brought with it gospel music. Gospel often gets ignored by secular musicians and listeners, but the Black church has been the creative engine behind popular music for the last century.
|>>|| No. 12840
Can we keep the Americanisms where they belong, in America and Guardian editorials? Gospel really isn't ignored, it's been acknowledged as a major influence on vocalists for years.
|>>|| No. 12841
>the Black church has been the creative engine behind popular music for the last century.
Honestly I wouldn't say it's a good thing by this point. I love a spot of Northern soul but the Adele to Lewis Capaldi to Rag'n'Bone Man pipeline churns out some of the worst fucking dross you'll hear on the radio today.
Overdone cliché doesn't begin to describe it, it's at a saturation point worse than naff X Factor Christina Aguilera wannabes ten years ago.
|>>|| No. 12842
My grammatical error was failing to capitalise Church.
>Gospel really isn't ignored, it's been acknowledged as a major influence on vocalists for years.
How many white musicians or music fans could name three contemporary gospel performers? Being vaguely aware that Aretha Franklin and Candi Staton learned to sing in church does not equal paying attention to gospel.
|>>|| No. 12843
But that's precisely the problem - white soul artists are re-hashing a cod version of a cod version of 60s gospel. The Black Church is still churning out innovative and technically brilliant musicians in droves, but that isn't filtering through to the mainstream.
|>>|| No. 12847
Let's all take a few minutes to appreciate the best-named French pop star, Fanny Forest:
|>>|| No. 12848
The French are dirty bastards. Fair play to them, I wouldn't have the nerve.
|>>|| No. 12852
I still can't decide whether I like Zenit. It does look like they'd put on a good show though.
|>>|| No. 12877
One of those songs I'd probably hate if it was in English.
|>>|| No. 12887
Been watching loads of documentaries about the iron curtain recently, and found myself whistling the East German national anthem. Say what you want about the commies, they can write a good anthem; it's far better than Deutschlandlied.
|>>|| No. 12889
There has never been a better national anthem ever. I sometimes play it right before bed.
|>>|| No. 12890
1 Nationalism great, make great song for freedom
2 Socialism, make people controlled and ruled by state
|>>|| No. 12906
It's not just anthems, socialism had some good composers:
And English for proof:
|>>|| No. 12953
Why do so many acts with foreign alphabets only transliterate either their name or the song title? I would understand if they provided both, or neither, or if they gave both artist name and song title in both alphabets, but it seems to be fairly common to only do one and leave people guessing for the other. (That song's title would be written as "Pochemu" in our alphabet, by the way).
Even ultradiskopanorama, my key to the world of foreign music, does it too, giving you the name in both alphabets but leaving the song titles impenetrable:
(The title means "Tornado", he says in the video description for this one, so it's not even like he can't use Google Translate)
|>>|| No. 12954
I'm quite partial to a bit of salsa now and then. Always reminds me of spending a month in the Caribbean during uni, getting fucked on cheap rum every night and smoking counterfeit cigars.
|>>|| No. 12955
You might like the song that was sampled more famously to become Hips Don't Lie by Shakira, then. I love foreign music and I love original versions of famous songs, and this is a great meeting point between the two:
|>>|| No. 12957
Yes, that's nice.
I just like Latin music all around. Even the modern stuff by bands like Gente de Zona.
|>>|| No. 12959
Not being racialist but imagine having a Japanese person living in your home. Just them getting up to their kawaii shenanigans, napping in the sun and tidying up.
|>>|| No. 12962
Alpha Blondy - Brigadier Sabari
Some of the finest reggae you'll ever hear. The lyrics are all about police brutality too, which is very righteous, but they're in some nutty obscure African language so I haven't been able to find them online anywhere.
If you're the sort to be outraged by cultural appropriation, here is the same song as performed by two white Belgians, with the lyrics changed into English words about having a small willy.
|>>|| No. 12964
Get a load of Mr "I have other things to do today" over here.
|>>|| No. 12977
That's certainly fairly supportive of Mario Gomez, but it will never come close to the glory of I Love U Alan Pardew:
(The song is called Herz An Herz, for anyone genuinely interested in the music of this mad video).
|>>|| No. 12995
Remix of the sound they play at train stations in France.
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