It’s time to get funky.
With thousands and thousands of Americans quarantined in their houses in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no higher time to explore some off-the-beaten-path music. YouTube and Spotify are treasure troves for music seemingly forgotten to time.
Here are 5 enjoyable, quirky and splendidly unusual tracks to explore in the course of the lockdown.
“I Wanna Be Your Lover” – La Bionda (1980)
This delightfully weird observe is about two astronauts encountering an alien — and it’s a love tune. La Bionda’s techno-pop bliss — laced with one hell of a killer hook — is every thing we want proper now.
The surreal animated music video definitely provides to the expertise of “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” which showcases some trippy artwork and a laser gun battle between our heroes and a lion space-demon.
The duo behind the observe, brothers Carmelo and Michelangelo La Bionda, are thought-about touchstones of the Italo disco style.
They’ve launched eight albums, most just lately 2013’s “Come Back to My Life.”
“Color My Love” – Fun Fun (1984)
It’s clear that America wasn’t the one nation having a blast with pop music in the ’80s. Italy’s second romp featured on this record is Fun Fun’s “Color My Love.”
The music video exhibits the members of the group trouncing round in a bouncy home carrying white jumpsuits and throwing seaside balls. What’s not to love? Good luck getting this European earworm out of your head.
“Color My Love” was a minor hit in the States, reaching No. 9 on the US Dance charts.
Today, why not make this your tune of the summer time?
“Hitotsudake” – Akiko Yano (1980)
Though the lyrics are in Japanese, the synths and melodies in Akiko Yano’s 1980 observe are common.
Yano — a jazz-influenced pianist regularly in contrast with British art-rocker Kate Bush — delivers the products on “Hitotsudake,” a mild ballad with a tempo that builds over the course of the observe.
Yano’s profession spans over 4 a long time and covers a plethora of genres together with disco, folks, jazz, rock and pop.
Her band, the Akiko Yano Trio, performs periodically in New York City.
“At Dawn” – Alyans (1987)
Time to get moody — Soviet fashion. The kicking bassline in “At Dawn” retains issues attention-grabbing, together with the lead singer’s vocal fashion, paying homage to the Cure’s Robert Smith.
Props to the keyboardist’s fabulous sense of favor. No one else can rock a pastel Hawaiian shirt and futuristic glasses like that man.
According to the music weblog the Spinoff, Russian rock music slowly started to trickle into the tradition in the early 1980s because the Soviet Union started easing restrictions in the course of the Cold War. Still, the music and lyrics had to be authorised by the federal government earlier than its release.
“This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us” – Sparks (1974)
Hailing from Los Angeles, Sparks lives up to their title. This observe — which sounds one thing like Queen going via a spooky new wave part — is each a rocking and unsettling time, led by singer Russell Mael’s unconventional, staccato supply.
Though all the tune is a weird, theatrical deal with, it peaks at its hovering guitar solo.
“This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us” is a wierd journey via and thru in one of the best ways doable. The viewers proven in the video seems to be understandably perplexed by the tune, including to the observe’s mystique.
Sparks nonetheless carry out at this time and continues to forge a artistic path in rock music. Their most up-to-date album got here in May, titled “A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip.”