Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Music from Myanmar and More

 Since a new year has begun, it seems like the best time to start on a particular goal:
029. Listen to 2 new musical acts every week for 1 year
(When I say 'new', I mean 'new to me').

Hopefully I'll manage to stick with this goal throughout the year--it's somewhat more challenging than my reading goal, because I have to remember it on a weekly, not monthly, basis!

The first week of the year is almost over, so here are the acts I've listened to:

Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein 
Pop music from Myanmar!
This musician appeared on a BBC travel program about Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Intrigued, I got online to find out more (and listen to a full song)
I really like the strength and emotion in her voice, so despite being unable to understand the lyrics, I can still enjoy her songs!
A lot of her costumes are also visually stunning--the program she appeared on called her 'Myanmar's answer to Lady Gaga'.
Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein Official Site

Japanese Electropop
This duo's video 'PoW!' was on YouTube's suggested videos, so I checked it out. It has a really upbeat, fun sound, which took me a while to get used to. When I clicked on the first video, I didn't know what to expect!
Despite being from Japan, this act sings in English. The vocals in a lot of their songs are given a synthetic, electronic sound, which really enhances the effect of their music.
Their costumes are somewhat quirky--lots vinyl/latex, sometimes in familiar or traditional styles (the 'Dead Wrong' video features the duo in vinyl kimono).
FEMM, by the way, stands for Far East Mention Mannequins :)
FEMM Official Site

I'm always looking for new music, so if you have any suggestions - any genre, any language, so long as I can find somewhere to listen online! - please let me know!


  1. Thanks for posting about Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein. I saw that travel show about Myanmar on the BBC too (if it was the one with Rajan Datar presenting it) and was curious about her music too! :)

    If you're looking for more suggestions, here are some (though you don't have to listen to all of them, obviously!):

    Lumen - Russian rock/alternative band with male vocals (they have a lot of music, so if you want to try them, the songs 'Беги' [Begi/Run], 'Волк'[Volk/Wolf], & 'Лабиринт'[Labirint/Labyrinth] are some I like. They have pretty interesting lyrics from what I can make out, but I've only heard songs in Russian).

    Poeina - 'Gasoline' is the only song by this artist I know, except for a Christmas song with a zombie themed video, but it's good! The song is sort of acoustic rock and she's from the US (I think?).

    Still - Japanese goth/new wave band from the 80's with female vocals (mostly in Japanese with random bits in English). The link is to their whole 'Pale Face' album/mini-album, but the first song, 'Sweet Warm Rain', is my favourite track from it.

    ZAZAZOZO - A mix between electronic, sort of "tribal" music and music boxes, from Greenland, with female vocals in English. (Recommended songs by them: 'Secret Robot', 'Private Life of Animals', and 'Plato').

    GOLD ZEBRA - French-Canadian synthpop/electro with female vocals, sung mostly in English with a bit of French. (Recommended songs: 'Invisible Disorder', 'Dark Musique', 'Love, French, Better').

    Ah, well I'm not sure what else I've already mentioned before/what you've heard before & that's probably enough now, haha! Hope some of those are at least a little bit enjoyable :)

    1. Also, I meant to say, Akord you can listen to artists by genre/country/language etc. so it might be a good place if you're looking for music to listen to randomly.

    2. Um, I know I've already commented on this post, but I just wanted to leave some more artist suggestions, as they're interesting (to me anyway!). Leaving them here so as not to clutter up your other entries with random comments :)

      Klaus Schulze - German electronic/ambient music. You might have heard him before because he's been around for ages and also worked with Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance, who I seem to remember you listen to already.

      Oöphoi - Dark ambient/experimental from Italy. He had tons of solo releases from 1995-2013 (when he passed away), as well as working with various other artists.

      Phurpa - This is a Russian group that do Tibetan Buddhist Bon chanting, or a version of it at least.

      Sui Generis Umbra - I know I've mentioned this band before a lot, because they're one of my favourites, but I don't know if you've actually listened to them, haha. Electronic/dark ritual ambient, originally from Poland.