Thursday, October 15, 2009

Not an F1 post.

Music is love. If music were a person, I'd want to marry him. (Its another thing that I'd say the same for Batman). There's isn't an instance when music hasn't helped me, there isn't an occasion when music isn't welcome. And I believe one of the most satisfying experiences, apart from living it yourself, comes from sharing music.

I've been blessed to have many generous people around me, who don't take too long to post links to the new discoveries they make. I've also been extremely jobless in scanning arbit sites and well, profile pages (I don't stalk, honest!) , to collect new music. Making an attempt to list out my favorites would be futile, with no doubts. Attempting to post an article about shady songs would be useless as well, because I can name a good number of crazy dudes around me, who'll know songs that are just that much higher up on the weird-o-meter.

So, this edition of my tribute to music will simply list ten artists/songs that are non-english! Famous or unknown, pronounceable names or otherwise, the music is definitely good! :)

1. Hedningarna.
The inspiration behind this post, I love how the male and female artists blend their voices in with the mystifying beats and enthralling music! They are brilliant. Listen to 'Räven' and tell me if I'm flattering them. I LOVE this song. Love it so much, I can sing those Swedish words even. 'Vargtimmen' meaning 'Hour of the wolf' is just as good. Try this band, if thats the last thing you do. This band and their songs are among the many things that make me want to shout out, All hail Scandinavia!

Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla (from the album Takk)
An Icelandic band, these guys play music that I would call exotic! This song is rather famous and has been used for/by various events and networks, including the BBC. Trailers of Slumdog Millionaire used this song as well.. Oh well, the other day TV9 Kannada had this on while talking of the floods in North Karnataka. Famous? Oh yes.

Must give it a listen!

3. Beirut - Prenzlauerberg
(from the album Gulag Orkestar)

One of my shadiest search expeditions on the Gulag story got me the name of this album. Initially, I concluded this band was noise. But this song changed my opinion of them. Gotta admit, they are American, they do sing in English, but not much of the song sounds like English to me. Heh!

Mum loves this one. Aunties, please do try.

4. Avial
! :D

Yes yes, our very neighbours, this Malayali band won me over. Thanks to an over-enthu quizzer-classmate , I decided to give them a listen. And I'm glad I did. They remind me of Linkin' Park, ever so slightly. If you haven't heard 'Karukara' , you're missing out on some genius here.


5.Sergio Mendes - Magalenha
(OST Dance with me)

Thanks HBO. Most songs from this movie are fantastic, but this one stood out. A Samba number, if I remember right, do give it a listen. You will most definitely pull off a couple of dance moves you didn't think you were capable of. And while you're at it, give the OST a shot as well. There's lots of Latino jazz and Salsa and Cha Cha Cha and what not. Oh oh, do watch the actors perform in the movie. Splendid!

Sigh. Love dance.

6.Gypsy Kings
Discovered them with their version of 'Hotel California' (featured in The Big Lebowski!), which I definitely recommend. And there's 'Oye como va', 'Volare' and many more! Fast and uplifting songs, most of them. They're all Spanish, in case you wanted to know.

7. Manu Chao - Me Gustas Tu

All thanks to Facebook and kind seniors who post links regularly. Fun song. Very catchy!

8-10. German bands.

Of course I had to mention them! There's plenty I haven't been able to get my hands on, in spite of all that searching I do. But among the bands I have heard, here are the ones I really like and songs I suggest you try first. Rammstein - who dun-know-'em? Plenty songs to list, but I'm currently hooked to 'Sonne', 'Engel' and 'Zerstören'.
- Rammstein credit them, listing them as a major influence. Try 'Labyrinth' and 'Augen Auf!'. If you like German, you'll like them.

Steinkind - Boy, can they scream! 'Deutschland brennt' provides an entire week's dose of screaming, for me. 'Larissa' is addictive and 'Ich Muss' helps me stay up till 5 , while I try to mug for an exam at 9.

I would add a few Tamil songs to the list, but since I can't spell any of them properly, I'll let it be. Here's hoping you have the patience and time to listen to all of this. Opinions and of course, more artist/song suggestions(with links, preferably) are very welcome!


soda said...

clearly a post meant for the hard-core music heads...half of it i havent even heard of..except for avial of course...wonder who the over-enthu qcorper is??

Merin Mandanna said...

Also for very very jobless, social-life-less people like me.

And ofcourse, you. :D Thanks for Avial Sod!

Anonymous said...

I am going to d/l them all. If music were a vampire, I'd be (smi)bitten in the neck.

Akshata said...

Haven't even heard of most mentions. to the rescue!

Avial though. Yes. Heading to Oktoberfest tomorrow? Avial's performing. Raghu Dixit will be there too so thought I'd warn you well in advance. :P

Chaitanya said...


When you said arbit music, I didn't expect this. Haven't heard of any! (Except Rammstein and Avial ofc)
Will listen!

@Akshata, Oo you just reminded her about Avial performing. Sure to get a colourful reply :D

Merin Mandanna said...

Unless you want to download them, this playlist and the links(and grooveshark in general) must be enough. :)
Chait, lemme know what you thought of them. :)

About the fest..THE Oktober fest. I *won* a pass. I could've watched Avial perform. I could've screamed until my voice died(well,it committed suicide now)..but I wasn't given PERMISSION to go! :(

(Colorful, Chait? This is all grayscale for me. :( )

Kertz said...

Harmony Korine - Insurgentes (Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree)

Lasse Hoile with the camera.

Kertz said...

And by the way the picture you use is very similar to a picture which is the cover of a Porcupine Tree album, "The Incident"


Shashi Kiran said...

Ah there you go :) nice set list.
Check out Lounge Piranha, Junkyard Groove, Parousia, Schickados, Motherjane. All are our very own Indian musicians. Highly, very highly talented.

Merin Mandanna said...

Thanks Shashi, will do. :)