I have to post about my latest podcast, because it unites fantastic artists singing in some of my favourite languages. I deliberately avoided English, though there is one track on there, from a Norwegian band called The Cut… I had to do it. It’s a great track and it half-fit the theme. EllaGuru also have a track in English on there, but you can barely make out the lyrics which is a good sign.
It’s a bit of an experiment. I want to see how much “language barrier” can affect the attention span/degree of pleasure you get from music.
Japanese is a versatile language for song – it can go horribly wrong or near-perfect. It must be all those open sounds. See Yura-Yura Teikoku, UA, Lullatone, Cappablack and my boy Shing02 for the details.
Norwegian I have just realised, is also a pleasing medium for music. It’s one of the few tonal European languages – the inflections do sound like Chinese sometimes. The artists I have here are all from a compilation a friend gave me (Takk for det, Nils!). Thus was I exposed to a pleasant peacock of diverse musical feathering. The songs, bar one, are by no means new, and if you try and google the artists you get close to nothing. Ranging from EllaGuru‘s perky anthem, perketiperk (that was just too too easy) to Alle Tiders Duster‘s haunting, chant-like Lillegutt, you’ll tell immediately this one largely under-represented people with a weird, spastic, poptastic, rock-tinged taste in things musical. But it works.
Brasil always makes some sort of appearance in my podcasts, and this time it’s a classic.
I hope whoever listens enjoys and gets inspired to rip up the English bubble. Knowing other cultures only puts yours in perspective. So yes, listen up, down and all around.
Det Elektriske Kjøkken – PILastral
EllaGuru – perketiperk
Lullatone – Maborshi ondo
Os Mutantes – Dia 36
Shing02 – 人生ｹﾞﾉﾑ (Genome Of Life)
The Cut – Atmospheres
Sigur Rós – Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur
Alle tiders duster – Lillegutt
Cappablack – Them In Us + Akarui-Mirai [ft. Emirp]
UA – Tasogare