Music From Across the World
Lately I am listening to a lot of popular music, but a lot of international music as well. Some of these artists have made it into the mainstream, but others… well, you may not have heard of them yet. Here are a few I have really enjoyed. (If anything, check out The Baseballs!)
Blaring horns and catchy beat, A Bar in Amsterdam is a very energetic song. The animations are fun too. 😉 I ran into this while on Imeem, now just a sub site of Myspace.
Herr actually heard of this group first, I think while listening to NPR or something. I can’t recall exactly, but their Fel Del Av Garden is a great pseudo rap/big band/swing song, and their album title song Appelknyckarjazz is very entertaining as well.
The Baseballs (Germany)
I just found out about this group today. If you loved the sound of the 50s, look no farther! The Baseballs take modern lyrics and transform them into Elvis hip-swinging slicked-back grease-haired 50s rock. Very amusing if you are familiar with the popular songs they cover.
Emiliana Torrini (Iceland)
While I was flying back to the States for work, I heard this on their international music segment. Jungle Drum is cute and perky, although a tad weird… but hey, quirky is in, right?
Zee Avi (Malasia)
A ukelele is the main instrument with a fun but slower beat. I cannot recall how exactly I stumbled across Zee Avi, but it is good stuff nonetheless. 😉
Little Boots (United Kingdom)
Found this artist on a 2010 upcoming artists to watch for list. The music itself is simplistic but really catchy, but as far as dance electronica music goes, that is par for the course. 😉 I have played Remedy several times, sometimes in a row, and it lifts the spirits a bit.
Xavier Naidoo (Germany)
I was in a hotel somewhere a few months ago when I saw this and really liked the message and beat. He has a great voice too. 😉 Plus, I liked how the video came together. I found out afterwards that he is a neighbor of one of my friends here. How cool, eh?
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 😀