Thanks to the shameless xenophobia of Donald Trump, racists and nationalists of all stripe are pounding the anti-immigration war drums. As music lovers, it's safe to say we're on the opposite end of those conversations at the moment, but it does remind us that some of the best music comes from oceans away, and exposure to these outside talents is exactly how we always anticipate the evolving sounds we love to hear today. So here are seven of our favorite foreign acts working today.
Ed Sheeran is one of America's sweethearts at the moment, but here's the catch; he's English. Raised in Suffolk and currently living in London, despite our country's deep obsession with Sheeran, it's safe to say he's not the least bit American. His latest release "Lay It All On Me," is arguably one of the highest quality songs on the radio at the moment, and even that is a collaboration with London's funk-soul rockers, Rudimental.
Adele has been the leading artist on any post-break up soundtrack since her release of 21
four years ago. Now, we're all anxiously awaiting her next album, 25
, and we've already gotten a taste of it with the single "Hello," that tugs the heartstrings we've thought we'd put to bed since 21
. Adele's powerhouse voice reaches us all the way from Tottenham, London, and it's one English import Americans will keep demanding for more.
Florence + The Machine
Vocalist Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine is another English artist that has snuck into America's top charts. From the unexpected dance collaboration with Calvin Harris "Sweet Nothing," and her appearance on the Twilight saga soundtrack with "Heavy in Your Arms," Welch and her band are a name most Americans have heard before.
America and England have notoriously shared and imitated musical trends for the history of popular music, but let's not forget the gems Canada sends our way. Right now, we're most grateful for two Canadian acts that are so eccentric, they just seem to work.
Grimes just released "Scream" (feat. Aristophanes) that got us even more hyped for her next record Art Angels
set to premiere next month, and it's anything but ordinary. If you thought American artists come up with some crazy stuff, Grimes reminds us that creativity cultivated in different soil can breed whole other beasts.
Although the Weeknd just began topping the Billboard charts, his dark and sexual drug jams have been favorites for years now. The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness
has gone gold not only here in the States, but in Norway, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, reminding us that good music just doesn't know borders.
Though Canada is a close neighbor, the 9,000 miles between the United States and Australia couldn't keep us away from one of our favorite bands at the moment.
With their latest album Currents
averaging at a 9/10 stars by American music critics and an enthusiastic nod of approval here at Baeble, Tame Impala is one band that I figure many American fans just wouldn't be the same without. Playing as main acts in American festivals like Austin City Limits, Governor's Ball, and Bonnaroo, there's no doubt the Aussies have made their presence known here in America.
Physical distance really is no feat either when you're a band born on the Internet. One band that's huge right now made its way to the States through via the Internet, which might cause fans to forget they're not even American!
The Glasgow trio Chvrches has developed a huge American following with their charming electropop and have become a bit of a sensation here. Debuting their sophomore release Every Open Eye
just this month, their following is only bound to get bigger. And we're still super stoked to share our concert with the band at Central Park once it goes live.