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A Musical Tour of the World: All Countries A-Z One Per Day

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by HitAndRun, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks @Jamsterdammer and @john hp. Another varied and great selection, with my favourite being the guitar playing by Filipe Santo. I also liked seeing the dancing in the two clips featuring it (including Sangazusa.

    Very nice to hear your experiences on the island of Sao Tome. I think it's getting harder and harder to find places like that.

    I did search for songs by Leonions, and found that their music was banned after they released a song 'Ngandu' which criticised the Portuguese colonial authorities. But, I haven't yet found it.

    Pedro Lima is described on a Bandcamp page as the most iconic singer of Sao Tome and Principe. Here he is with 'Maguidala'. He's also on the Léve Léve album.

    I searched further on Bandcamp and also from the artists on the Nothin' sez Something' page found by John. We've gone through most of the artists on that page already, but Kalú Mendes's song 'Cacharamba' is, I think, nice. I like the guitar solo in particular.

    Rei Kongo is a Sao Tomean rapper and reggae musician resident in Portugal. I don't know what the following song is about, but from the video it seems to discuss political issues, possibly including revolutions and/or political oppression. 'Era do Kongo'.
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  2. Jamsterdammer

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    While HitAndRun continues his search for Os Leoninos, I found a song by Os Leonenses called "Que Santomé", which inter alia shows how to properly clean and consume a coconut! The music is clearly influenced by kizomba and soukous:

    And here is something else I really like. The video says "Banda Reliquias de Sao Tome e Principe", but the t-shirts the band members are wearing say "Banda Relíquia Renovada", which means more or less "Renewed Relic Band". The video is 20 minutes in which they play four songs of excellent party music, but while they are clearly standing in a place for dancing, there is no one around and it seems to be the middle of the day. Anyway, I guess they just wanted to be recorded without interruptions by dancers and revellers. Great stuff. Listen to what they do at the 4:35 mark. Brilliant. While posting this I noticed that I started moving my hips in my chair LOL:

    And finally, some traditional music in a place called Santana. What I like about this is that around the 1:50 mark, two guys get up and give what looks like a capoeira performance (which as we remember from Brazil, is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Nice!

    Edit: I see that HitAndRun posted at around the same time. Luckily no duplications!

    Edit: I just found a COVID-19 song by Banda Relíquia. Very nice! Probably one of the best I've heard so far:
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  3. HitAndRun

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    My search for music by Leoninos was easy because @Jamsterdammer found it and sent me the link. :D Thank you!

    And, here it is: Quintero Aguiar e os Leoninos - Canções

    The first song 'Ngandu' was the one I really wanted to post. It lead to the band being banned by the Portuguese colonial authorities. It's the song top left on the grid. There are some lyrics, but when I try to translate them using Google Translate, the result makes no sense.
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  4. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

    Warwickshire, UK
    No shortage of music from São Tomé and Príncipe today, but I don't believe we've had any videos with sea turtles yet - "despite being illegal since 2014, their eggs and meat are still a delicacy leading to a decline in numbers" - 'Mém di Omali' (Mother of the Sea)

    via Google Translate - "Video clip of the song "Mém di Omali" by general João Seria, with the participation of artist Sebastiana and music producer Dico Mendes. These three artists from São Tomé and Príncipe sing to their people in the three local languages (liner, angolar and lunguyè) for the conservation of the sea turtles of São Tomé and Príncipe."
    In São Tomé, a Pop Star Helps Keep Sea Turtles Off the Dinner Table
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  5. HitAndRun

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    Thanks John. Another great song there. And, he wrote and recorded it in one day!

    I tried to find some music from Sebastiana, the co-singer of 'Mém di Omali'. I initially didn't quite find what I was looking for, but noticed her music on YT with a #MúsicasdeSTP hashtag. Searching on that, I found this music, which is just percussion plus voice. - 'Iaiawê' by Artista desconhecido. Luckily I checked on Google Translate, and 'Artista desconhecido' means 'Unknown artist'. However, a comment says that the artist is probably 'Amolete'. Which appears to mean omelette. At least that's what I got pictures of when I tried to google the artist. The whistling sounds Caribbean to me.

    Trying to find more Sebastiana, as I'm writing this post. I have found the album 'Quê Santomé'. Of the songs on it by artists we haven't covered yet, the one I like best is 'Puita Cuá Telá' by Camilo Domingos. Sadly he died at 40.


    After those side-tracks, I returned to the music of Sebastiana. After a quick trawl through, the song I liked best was 'Tarrachinha'. Not understanding the language, I'm not sure why she's making all those odd sounds. Some times they sound like cat sounds - and I hope those aren't sex sounds that happen occasionally in the song. I don't think they are.

    Haylton Dias did write a song called 'Sao Tome e Principe', but to be honest it's not to my taste.
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  6. Jamsterdammer

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    Ehmm... I actually think she is definitely making sexual sounds and playing naughty kitten. Tarrachinha is a "dirty dance" from Angola that makes the Lambada seem like a barn dance in comparison. Here is a short clip of what it looks like:
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  7. HitAndRun

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    Oh, I see. Thanks for that. I guess if that dance was danced at the tempo of Sebastiana's song, then that might be even more naughty. :D

    Perhaps there's less chance of suggestive music tomorrow when we're in Saudi Arabia.
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  8. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    One would certainly think so :laugh:
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  9. HitAndRun

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    Thanks for the music, everyone.

    Today we're in Saudi Arabia. I know that there are more countries that start with 'S' than any other letter, but it's taken us a while to just get through the ones that start with 'Sa'.

    This went completely viral when it came out, but I have to start with Hwages by Majed al-Esa. The song mocks the patriarchy as well as political figures. More information on Wikipedia here: Hwages - Wikipedia

    Tamtam is a Los Angeles based Saudi Arabian singer. For her first single ‘Little Girl’ the video was blurred as her family were not happy with her showing her face in public. This is her second single ‘Gender Game’ which expresses some of her own opinions. That's the youtube audio-only version, but the full video is available on DailyMotion.

    I seem to have owned a few albums by Saudi artists from a while back. I bought a cassette tape of singer Etab's music some time ago. She is sometimes said to sing in a bluesy style. The title of this song translates as 'May God Help You'.

    As an extra, I don't know where the music for this came from, but this is described as 'Amaizing Southern Saudi/Yemeni border dance. What do you think?' I wanted to include this as some of the comments are saying that this dance supports peace between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. I've seen videos of similar dances in the Arab world, but do not understand the context/meaning of the dance.

    Finally, I'll let a quote from the video description speak for itself. 'Saudi rapper Asayel Slay is facing arrest and racist backlash after posting a music video of her song 'Girl from Mecca'. I don't understand the full context, but I do like the music.

    Tomorrow we're in Scotland.

    Also, we're now more than 3/4 of the way through the list of countries. I think.
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  10. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

    Warwickshire, UK
    Thanks for the Saudi selection - the border dance and the excellent Asayel Slay video (there's a BBC news link below) being my favourites.

    This clip featuring some youngsters has been labelled "Saudi Arabia new songs"; I presume they are from today's country although I do note that the video has been posted by "Bangladesh news" ... I did find several unlikely clips purporting to be from Saudi Arabia, usually with comments below pointing out below "this is not Saudi Arabia!". (I also didn't imagine dancehall tracks labelled as "Saudi Arabia Riddim" had much to do with today's country)

    I was surprised to see this news report about a "massive electronic dance festival" held in the country at the end of last year
    Although the BBC report on the Asayel Slay video does note at the end that 120 Saudi men and women were arrested at the festival for wearing "inappropriate clothes"
    Saudi rapper faces arrest for Mecca Girl music video

    This is 'We are Driving' by Leesa
    I expected that she would drive away at the end, but perhaps she hadn't been able to have had any driving lessons before.
    Tamtam (as posted by H&R) had her own song 'Drive' ("a road song for Saudi women") on the subject
    Tamtam | About

    This is 'Pinnochio' the first single by the AccoLade in 2008 - the group consisted of ***** (lead singer), **** (guitarist and founder), ******, (bass), and **** (keyboard) - four students at the all-female university in Jeddah; they had to remain anonymous. Their wikipedia page has "Years active 2008 - present" but as far as I can see nothing has been posted about them since 2011
    The AccoLade: Saudi Women Rock Out

    Now for some token men - this is 35 seconds of "Music from Saudi Arabia"

    And this is just "Saudi Music" - another one for our video compilation "Now that's what I call men hitting things"
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  11. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks @John Hp. I think we've managed a good range of variety this morning. Except maybe the gender balance is a little one-sided :)

    I had read about the dance music festival. Some time ago I watched a Saudi film Barakah meets Barakah on Netflix where the characters in the love story were an internet social influencer and a member of the morality police. I searched on Saudi social influencers and found one who liked electronic music and had attended the festival, meeting one of her idols. I can't remember the link.

    I noted that we have another Arab country and another video featuring kids. I had already searched on the Saudi singer who appeared in a video in this thread for Bahrain, , duetting with Bahraini child (then) star Hala Al Turk. The Saudi singer is Mashael, and while if she is googled it at first says 'Lebanese singer', she is born in Saudi Arabia and works there. She married Essam Kamal who appears to be a Bahraini singer born in Kuwait who also works in Saudi Arabia. This is a song they do together, and I find the dancing interesting as well. I think the song title translates as 'Why My Neighbour'. It does take a bit of time to get going.

    One viral video was the a cappella song 'No Woman No Drive' (EDIT: that I saw posted) by Alaa Wardi. Alaa Wardi is Saudi born, but is described as being of 'Iranian Origin'. He appears to work over the entire Arab world and ... well the whole world really. I had seen that video and his 'evolution of Arabic music' video. Some time ago I googled his music to see what it was like, and ended up buying an album of his original music. From that album, here is 'Ya Fata'.

    EDIT: 'No Woman No Drive' is in a similar style to Wardi's work, but is by Hisham Fageeh. Hence, I think I'll post it. 'No Woman No Drive'. EDIT: One of the backing singers on that is Fahad Albutairi. His wife Loujain al-Hathloul was arrested and imprisoned for driving. EDIT: She is still incarcerated and has started a hunger strike: Loujain al-Hathloul - Wikipedia Sorry for getting off the topic of music here.
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  12. HitAndRun

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    Here is my contribution to 'men hitting things'. It's just labelled as a Saudi Arabian wedding dance celebration.

    More for 'Now, that's what I call men hitting things.' :D After the singing at the beginning.
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  13. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    The closest I ever got to Saudi Arabia was in 2007 when I was working in Jordan and made a weekend trip to Wadi Rum in the south. I spent two days in the desert with a guide who drove a 4.wheel drive. At one point he asked if it was OK if we would visit his girlfriend. I said fine, so we drove off further to the south for an hour or so until we came to a small Bedouin encampment. There we stopped and had tea under a canopy with the guide's girlfriend, a beautiful Bedouin girl. After tea he started pouring fuel from canisters in the car. I asked why he did that and he told me that as we were inside Saudi Arabia, the fuel was much cheaper than back in Jordan. Of course I never noticed we had crossed the border.

    My favorite of today was "We Are Driving" by Leesa and of course the various videos of men hitting things. That last video posted by HitAndRun is pretty wild. I know Saudi Arabia is "dry", but these men seem to be under the influence of something...

    Actually, what these men are doing is a variant on the Samri dance from the Najd region. You can see them at the end of this video which is simply called "Samri Dance in Saudi Arabia":

    And to set the gender balance right, Talal Maddah was a Saudi Arabian musician and composer. His fans called him "The Earth's Voice", and he was also known as "The Golden Throat". This is "Sowaiaat El Assil":

    Omar Basaad is one of Saudi Arabia’s first DJs in electronic and dance music and he was the first DJ from Saudi Arabia to make it on the international stage. Here is Omar Basaad with Ride The Wave ft. Xiyohn & A'Y. Just a little bit of autotune, but it suits the song this time:

    And even Black Metal can be found in Saudi Arabia. Al-Namrood is a Saudi Arabian black metal band. The name means "Nimrod", a Babylonian king, and the group chose the name as a form of defiance against religion. as with Pinnochio posted by John, the members of Al-Namood are anonymous since their identification could lead to punishment of death from Saudi Arabian authorities. And if you look at the video to the song "Hayat Al Khezea" from 2015, you understand why they have to be very careful. Even in the West, a video like this would probably not be shown on primetime TV:
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  14. HitAndRun

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    Thanks @Jamsterdammer. Yet another great selection with even more variety. Musically my favourite from your selection is the song by Talal Maddah. The man in the Al Namrood video looks very hard to please.

    My favourite thing in your post is your story of your unofficial visit to Saudi Arabia. I did look for Bedouin music specifically from Saudi Arabia, but unfortunately didn't find any. On the way I found Abadi Al-Johar, described by some as the 'Oud Octopus' for dexterity. Once I saw that I had to post something. This is the song 'Galou Tara'.

    There have been several mentions of dance music, with John mentioning the huge EDM festival there, and Jamsterdammer mentioning Omar Basaad. Looking around, I found DJ Cosmicat, who is said to be the first female Saudi Arabian DJ. I couldn't find a video that really worked of her performing, but found this not too innovative but IMHO nice song by French musician and composer Yann Dulché 'featuring Cosmicat'. This is 'Dilemma'. I don't know how much DJ Cosmicat (AKA Nouf Sufyani) did on this track, but I assume that at least some of the vocals are hers.

    Yesterday we had some nice acoustic guitar music. So, here's some more. This is musician, author, social influencer, pilot, and stock trader (!) Adwa Aldakheel with her cover of the Egyptian song 'Waftakart'.
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  15. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    I liked the Oud playing by Abadi Al-Johar! Looking for jazz, I came across a group called "Peace Tone" or "Peace Tone Band". They mix Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Flamenco and everything else in something that sounds pretty good. Not easy to find music on YT, but here is a clip of a live performance called "Peace Tone Band Remix":
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  16. HitAndRun

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    Thanks for the music, everyone.

    Today we're in Scotland. At the beginning when we discussed what countries and places should be covered, one of the few requests was to divide the United Kingdom into England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

    And, I'll go straight into the bagpipes. This is 'Bagpipe Rock Band' with 'Rolling with the Goblins'. The band can be hired to play covers of your favourite songs on the bagpipes. Note that the musicians in this band 'come from all around the world' and the exact origins of the band are not clear.

    Here's something modern with a Celtic flavour Rachel Newton performing Here's My Heart Come Take It. Rachel Newton specialises in reinterpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Gaelic as well as writing her own songs, it says on her website.

    Runrig are an obvious choice. Here they are performing Loch Lomand in ... Loch Lomand

    Mànran are said to be a 'Scottish Supergroup'. Here they are with their 2019 single Thugainn.

    Tomorrow we're in Senegal.
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  17. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

    Warwickshire, UK
    I grab any excuse I can find to return to the 1960s, so I'll start with something by Lulu - 'I'll Come Running Over', written and produced by the American Bert Berns with London session musicians including the guitarists Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan; and recorded shortly before her 16th birthday at the same session as her version of 'Here Comes the Night'. The lip-synced clip appears to be from a couple of years later.

    And here's "a couple of young lasses from Edinburgh" introduced by Keith Fordyce on Ready Steady Go! in 1964 - 'Sweet and Tender Romance' a song written by John Carter and Ken Lewis; apparently with Page playing guitar again (most guitar solos on UK records from the mid 60s appear to have been attributed to him at one time or another)
    The McKinleys - Wikipedia

    The Poets from Glasgow would be my choice for my favourite Scottish group of the 60s - I believe there used to be a vintage TV appearance clip on YT but it seems to have disappeared, so this is a 1965 single on Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label - 'Call Again'

    Now back a little further; we need to have something by Harry Lauder, born in Portobello, Edinburgh in 1870. This is 'Killicrankie' from 1911 at a time when he was the "highest paid performer in the world" according to wikipedia. How many songs include the word masticate?
    An Archive Of All Things Sir Harry Lauder | Sir Harry Lauder

    And we can't overlook Jimmy Shand, the accordion player born in Fife in 1908 - This is a 78 on the Beltona label as referenced by Richard Thompson in his song 'Don't Sit on my Jimmy Shands' - "Call me precious, I don't mind, 78s are hard to find, You just can't get the shellac since the war, This one's the Beltona brand, Finest label in the land, They don't make them like that anymore"
    'The Pap of Glencoe' and 'Mrs Stuart of Grantully' from 1942
    About Sir Jimmy Shand

    And finally (for now) some Scottish Country music - Thomas Fraser of Burra Isle, Shetland was a fisherman and crofter who recorded himself at home using a reel to reel recorder. He died in 1978 aged 50, but 25 years later his grandson began issuing some of his recordings on CD compilations - this is 'Blue Yodel no.5 ('Stormin' on the Deep Blue Sea') originally recorded by Jimmie Rodgers in 1929
    Tom Fraser – Country Music Legend
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  18. AudioPhil

    AudioPhil Well-Known Member

    My favourite Scottish band and one of the angriest, loudest songs I know. Play this full volume and upset the neighbours :D

  19. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    I like my JAMC more distorted! Love PsychoCandy, my favourite track is "In a hole".

    The Scottish Post Punk scene had a very unique stripped down sound that I love; bands like The Flowers, The Scars, The Prats, here's a classic by The Fire Engines:
  20. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks @John Hp, @AudioPhil, and @MC Rag.

    I wasn't too pleased with my own selection this morning, but had to get stuff done and go out. Thanks for the very varied selection this morning. It's great to hear the variety today. From @john hp's post, musically my favourite was the stunning vocal by a very young Lulu, and Harry Launder, though all are great.

    The J&MC are on of those bands (of which there are many) that I know well by name but didn't know their music. 'I Hate Rock and Roll' as posted above is noisier than anything I've heard from them before, and in a very good way.

    @MC Rag - I checked out (admittedly in a hurry), some of the bands you mentioned, and found this slightly more new wavey than I expected song by The Scars - 'All About You'.

    Going a bit unadventurous in terms of band choice, 'Love Song' is far and away my favourite song by Simple Minds.

    Looking for something interesting, I found The Peatbog Faeries who mix Celtic folk music and electronic music. This is 'Spiders'.

    I tried to find if there were any recreations of the music of the Picts. So far, no, but I found that the harp is perhaps the oldest Scottish folk instrument. Jessica Burton performed these three pieces at the semi-finals of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year contest. 'The Birds Have Gone' (by Scottish composer Gordon Gunn), 'Seasick Dee' (by Irish composer Damien O'Kane), and Antayla (by the Scottish Jessica Burton herself.) This is labelled on YT as 'Slow Air, 7/8 and Reel set | Jessica Burton (Scottish Harp)'. It's fairly nice, but perhaps unchallenging music. I believe that she is performing on the Clarsach, the traditional Scottish harp. I've chosen this video as the tracks are listed, but I actually prefer her rather incompletely described performance for BBC Scotland. So, listen to one of them, both, or neither. It's a free world.

    I have a list of Scottish jazz artists, whom I will look through and possibly post later. I was looking for the use of bagpipes in Jazz. I found this list on Wikipedia, but while Scottish musicians Hamish Moore and Dick Lee are listed under Jazz I didn't find their music all that ... jazzy. I'll include a track, but will point out that 'The Rock And The Wee Pickle Tow/Bannocks Of Bereme' is pretty much 100% folk music and 0% Jazz to my ears. This Dick Lee is a completely different person from the Dick Lee who will be listed when we get to Singapore.
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  21. Soopernaut

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    Des Moines,IA
    The Radio Ghosts- "Run" (Alt Rock- Glasgow, 1982)
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  22. Soopernaut

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    Des Moines,IA
    Tear Gas- "I'm Glad" (Hard Rock- Glasgow, 1971) This band, and Alex Harvey, would go on to become The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
  23. Jamsterdammer

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    The good thing about being four hours behind is that in the case of Scotland, we have the bagpipes and traditional stuff out of the way and I have the luxury to focus on some of my favourite bands and artists from Scotland. The Jesus And Mary Chain have already been posted, so I strike them off my list.

    By far my favourite band from Scotland are Cocteau Twins. I think I have more or less everything they released in the 80s and 90s. They are now considered "dream pop" or "ethereal" or whatever, but the fact is that Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde and Elizabeth Fraser developed a sound that was completely unique at the time and something that blew my mind with every release. My entry point into them was their second album "Head Over Heals" from 1983 and in particular the song "Sugar Hiccup":

    A year earlier saw the release of the fifth studio album of another band from Scotland called Simple Minds. With New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) they reached their artistic peak in my opinion. A few year later they would break through in the US and start producing tepid arena rock. Here is the song "New Gold Dream":

    July 1983 saw the release of the debut album of Big Country called "The Crossing". It became a big success not just in the UK, but also Canada and the US. The song "Chance" is my favourite from that album. Here is a performance on ITV's "The Tube" from 1984:

    OK, in order not to get stuck in the early eighties (I can easily name a few other bands from Scotland from that period that I like) let's move forward to the 1990s and the Glaswegian band Mogwai. Mogwai started making music that was later labeled as post-rock, which is probably correct as they were one of the pioneers in developing long and largely instrumental songs with the trademark alternating soft and loud passages. Here is "Like Herod" from their debut LP "Young Team". Very pleasant until you get to 2:57:

    And finally, in 1998, the electronic duo Boards Of Canada released "Music Has The Right To Children", which since has become a landmark album in IDM and downtempo electronic music. On this and subsequent albums, BoC manage to produce a sound and a mood that at times reach moments of incredible beauty and of a certain yearning and nostalgia. One of my favourite tracks is "Aquarius":

    That's it. No big variety today, just what constitutes for me the peak of music from Scotland in the 1980s and 1990s.
  24. emmodad

    emmodad Forum Resident

    bay area, ca
    great selections!

    in the "Somewhat Less Distorted" genre... a fave of mine: The Blue Nile.

    a late-80's MoLS (Mystery of Life's Synchronicities) once put me in a studio as they were rehearsing tracks for Hats. Paul Buchanan is a treasure...

    "The Downtown Lights" from Hats

    and – cheating just a bit – a more-recent band I enjoy, CHVRCHES covering "The Downtown Lights"
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  25. emmodad

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    bay area, ca
    hope folk don't mind, but as an interstitial, here's an admittedly-sentimental catch-up post for Latvia...

    in honor of Imants Mežaraups: Latvian composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and music educator.

    And my friend, RIP.


    Last summer I took a spur-of-moment mental health escape daytrip to Big Sur. At one point, completely randomly decided to stop at the Tap House, ordered one of their great Wednesday-only burgers, headed to the garden.

    Seated next to me were a family who, it turns out, were on a short trip from LA and were finishing a bite to eat before heading back.

    I recognized that they were speaking Latvian, inquired, and we started a delightful conversation which yielded a pretty amazing twist: grandmother knew my best friend from high school.


    Imants was my close buddy: hockey-playing-, pizza-inhaling-, herbal-aficionado-, beer-swilling-, philosophy-debating-, RISK-marathon-guru-, stuff-our-parents-would-have-cringed-at-had-they-known-, and-all-sorts-of-typical-high-school-madness-, great guy.

    He was also a musical genius. Pianist of extraordinary talent.

    (NB: his parents were mildly terrified that he was a very good hockey goalie. Those hands....)


    Im was one of those savants who started playing and composing at age of something like 3 years old.

    Our little gang, just like many of you other worldly (hah!) highschoolers, may have all been too cool for our own good – and classical music may not have been cool (or at least we didn't all admit it, man were we dumb) – but we knew that Im was someone very, very special.

    I recall going to a number of recitals and concerts in and around Philadelphia: Settlement Music School, Penn (where Im was a star student of George Crumb, George Rochberg, Richard Wernick); various schools, churches, orchestras, groups, and chorales...

    Im had a musical life which increasingly paid homage to his Latvian roots, many compositions intimately tied to folklore and culture. He moved to his mother country in ~'96; after another stint in the US, he relocated permanently to Latvia in the early-2000s. A brilliant musical life before he left this world far too young at age 54.


    A few of Im's beautiful modern classical and choral compositions can be found on youtube. Chamber music, and some beautiful cantatas, including "Song of the Orphan Girl" and a particularly stunning "Serdienites dziesma":

    edit: formatting & grammer (our awesome high school english teachers Fran Carter and Mid Cadwallader jointly reached out from beyond the grave and simultaneously nailed me...)
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