Here's some of our favourite non Nordic sounds from around the world right now, partly self indulgent and partly with a big thank you to some of the great music blogs and websites which have recommended a few of these bands:
i really love Wang Wen from China, who very much fit within the 'Mogwai' mold. They have an amazing back catalogue of 8 albums of music to discover, and most recently they have been collaborating with cinematographer Cheng Ran to produce a soundtrack to a nine hour film he's been creating.
Thank you to our friends at 'Walker & Williams" Radio for this one, Peaness are a 3 piece band from Chester who play melodic indie music with great tunes and who debuted with an EP called 'No Fun' almost exactly one year ago in August 2016. Their more recent track 'Oh George' is particularly worth checking out.
The creation of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf, Amber Arcades have recently released an album entitled 'Fading Lines', which is a beautiful shimmering Indie delight. Yes it will probably remind you of some of your favourite 90s indie bands, and that's a good thing, so go and track it down if you can.
'Oeil' are an excellent shoegaze band who hail from Japan, and who have some brilliant tracks available online. They've been going for a good few years, so it's pretty sad we've only just come across them, but they still seem fairly active. If you like your MBV / Lush sounds, you'll probably like Oeil. Check 'Strawberry Cream' in the first instance.
Comprising 2 former members of particularly wonderful bands, Jon Poole (Cardiacs) and Willie Dowling (Jackdaw 4 / Honeycrack) have combined to create a riotous and hugely entertaining duo in The Dowling Poole, and recently have a new album out called "One Hyde Park"
Ok so 2 bands featuring ex Cardiacs members (Kavus Torabi this time) may be self indulgent, but'Knifeworld' continue to impress with their brilliant psychedelic progressive view of the world. Their recent album 'Bottled Out Of Eden' is outstanding and bewildering in equal quantities, and we still hope to see them at the ArcTanGent festival when they're on the same line up as Agent Fresco. www.knifeworld.co.uk/