Category: Music

28th January 2019: Darkestrah – Манас Мститель

Artist: Darkestrah Title: Манас Мститель Language: Russian Translation: Manas the Avenger This rather epic song is by a band from Kyrgyzstan. On Wikipedia they are described as a ‘Kyrgyz pagan metal band’. I honestly love this song so much, I have downloaded the album! I am now wondering what the Kyrgyz music scene is like, and how these guys fit...

27th January 2019: 刺猬 – 乐队

Artist: 刺猬 (Hedgehog)  Title: 乐队 Language: MandarinTranslation: The Band From the album 阳光,欢乐,枪 (Sun Fun Gun), this is another modern choice I really like! This band, Hedgehog, are Chinese, this song is sung in Mandarin and English, and the drums and guitars are REALLY COOL when they rock out (they have a female drummer called Atom). I am enjoying investigating...

24th January 2019: Песняры – Ты Мне Вясною Прыснілася

Artist: Песняры (Pesnyary) Title: Ты Мне Вясною Прыснілася (Ty Mnie Viasnoju Prysnilasia) Language: Belarusian Translation: I dreamt of you in Spring A rather lovely and atmospheric track from 1971 – the keyboard is particularly nice. This vocal-instrumental ensemble formed in 1969, and released singles and albums throughout the 70s. Interesting facts: apparently the band were influenced by early Frank Zappa,...

23rd January 2019: Usha Uthup – Ramba Ho-Ho-Ho Samba Ho-Ho-Ho

Artist: Usha UthupTitle: Ramba Ho-Ho-Ho Samba Ho-Ho-Ho Language: Hindi Translation: I am honestly not sure – any help gratefully received! This song is from the 1981 film ‘Armaan’, directed by Anand Sagar, and it has the unmistakable musical signatures of the great Bappi Lahiri (the ‘subtle’ nod to Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ is brilliant!). I found the totally frenetic...

21st January 2019: Grand Blanc – Samedi la nuit

Artist: Grand BlancTitle: Samedi la nuit Language: French Translation: Saturday night According to this article (https://www.europavox.com/bands/grand-blanc/), the modern French band Grand Blanc are influenced by Joy Division. I can definitely hear that with this track, along with a distinct urgency. The article mentioned above, written by Noémie Lecoq, mentions a phrase – cold wave – which I really like. I...

19th January 2019: Sergio y Estíbaliz – Búscame

Artist: Sergio y EstíbalizTitle: Búscame Language: Spanish Translation: Find Me This song is so cute! Sergio y Estíbaliz represented Spain in the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest with a song called “Tú volverás” (“You Will Return”). Today’s track is from their eponymous 1973 album. While researching I discovered they also released a 1979 synth-pop / disco album called ‘Beans’. Note to...

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