Non-UK, non-USA music

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Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby The Silver Lining » Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:31 am

What are your favorite artists from countries that tend to be less famous?

I'll post my own lists sometime later. I like a lot of Belgian and Icelandic music in general, and some of it might even be stuff that Pink Floyd fans will like.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Dyolf » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:19 pm

I can't think of any. Maybe Vangelis, he's Greek...
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Artisan » Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:27 pm

Instrumental groups, mostly surf, have cropped up a lot in Europe over the past 20 years or so. I like to listen to that. I would habe said David Bowie but I'm pretty sure he's from England (don't know why but I always thought he was Australian). Yeah not much to contribute here.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Straw » Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:23 am

U2's okay, also Sigur Ros. Most Australian music, especially stuff like AC/DC is awful. The Church is the only good Australian band I can think of off the top of my head.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Dyolf » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:08 am

Straw wrote:U2's okay, also Sigur Ros. Most Australian music, especially stuff like AC/DC is awful. The Church is the only good Australian band I can think of off the top of my head.


AC/DC are British. I know that AC/DC formed in Australia but all the members are from the UK.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Straw » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:18 am

Some of the members are born in Scotland, but everyone considers them Australian. AC/DC are an Australian band.

Look it up if you want, I couldn't be bothered to provide evidence. Having to put up with them being the only band ever played on classic rock stations has basically put me off ever listening to them or associating myself with them ever. They are also considered 'bogan'.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Dyolf » Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:16 pm

Angus Young - Scottish
Cliff Williams - English
Brian Johnson - English
Stevie Young - Scottish
Chris Slade - Welsh

I don't think they're really Australian anymore. Although they are all from countries who are better than Australia at cricket and rugby...
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Artisan » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:46 pm

Oh yeah, the Church are good too.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Straw » Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:03 am

Dyolf wrote:Angus Young - Scottish
Cliff Williams - English
Brian Johnson - English
Stevie Young - Scottish
Chris Slade - Welsh

I don't think they're really Australian anymore. Although they are all from countries who are better than Australia at cricket and rugby...


Like it or not, the band was formed in Australia, lives in Australia and is Australian. Also nice Cricket World Cup you had there.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby The Silver Lining » Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:22 am

Sometimes, it's not really easy to assign one single country to a band. Hell, Gotye is one single guy and we're even having issues deciding whether we should consider him to be a Belgian singer or not.

Edit: for those who don't know: Gotye was born in Belgium to Belgian parents and has a Belgian name, but emigrated to Australia when he was two. He probably has no memories of living in Belgium and I don't even think he speaks Dutch.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Straw » Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:20 am

I can't believe this argument is being had. AC/DC is Australian and I will say no more.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Artisan » Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:02 pm

Yeah, I'm American, but if I moved to, I dunno, Greenland and started making music, That musical project would be described as... Uh, Greenlandic? I should hVe picked a better example. I'm American, but the place where my music is most associated is where I would catalog it. The members of AC/DC are Scottish/English/drunken midgets hopping around on one foot/whatever, but their music originated in Auatralia and thus they are considered Australian. The Police are not considered American or Middle Eastern even though Stewart Copeland is both. It's where the music is, not the makers.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Lady Floydian » Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:50 am

Sigur Ros, Kylie Minogue, U2, Shakira, and The Guess Who are about all I've got in my library that are not American or British. Two of those artists don't perform in English (well, Shakira's done English-language stuff, but I vastly prefer her Spanish material).
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Straw » Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:35 pm

I don't feel like Sigur Ros is mentioned and/or discussed nearly enough here.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Alec Taylor » Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:01 pm

I really enjoy a lot of Franz Schubert's piano pieces. "Ständchen" from his 13 Lieder is outstanding, and I love his Four Impromptus, D. 889 (Op. 90) as well. "No. 1 in C Minor" is a nice relaxing piece with a pretty strong central melody throughout.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Alec Taylor » Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:31 am

Just occurred to me that my new idol, Tee Lopes, is from Portugal, so he's the perfect match for this thread! His specialties as a video game composer include funk, jazz, and new jack swing, and he makes really convincing Broadway show-tune sounding music as well. Here's a link to his song "Smooth Talker", nice and short at only 1:28 long. Great instrumentalist.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby The Silver Lining » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:03 pm

I can't believe I never got around to posting my shortlist. These are artists I listen to very regularly.

Sigur Rós - Iceland, post-rock/experimental rock
Ólafur Arnalds - Iceland, neo-classical
Gotye - Belgium/Australia, pop/alternative
Admiral Freebee - Belgium, rock
dEUS - Belgium, progrock
Lorde (yes, really) - New Zealand, pop/alternative
NEU! and Faust - Germany, krautrock
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Dyolf » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:48 am

Straw wrote:I don't feel like Sigur Ros is mentioned and/or discussed nearly enough here.


I once borrowed all their albums (that were out at the time) from a friend and I honestly couldn't get into it. I tried.
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Artisan » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:13 am

Later period Church stuff has a little bit of a Floyd vibe, heavily psychedelic atmospherics. I've been listening to them a lot lately. This song is really beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0V0hOk2QoI
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Re: Non-UK, non-USA music

Postby Alec Taylor » Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:00 pm

I've been getting into Kraftwerk, and have made it through Autobahn and Radio-Activity. It's very interesting stuff, to say the least. The song structures are repetitive in a mantra sort of way, it just works. And it's completely electronic without being too electronic... if that makes sense? Definitely look forward to going further into their discography.
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