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Agricantus, a musical group from Sicily, also offers a blend of two styles: classical and techno music. Beginning as a mixture of ethnic instruments throughout the Mediterranean and simplistic electronic rhythms, its music won national awards for the unique folk style. In their album "Kaleidos,” however, Agricantus expanded to include classical music influences such as Brahms. The result is music with both the exoticness of foreign instruments and the comfort of classical tones and soothing electronic beats, offering something for everyone.
For those interested in rock undertones, the reggae band Hjalmar is well worth a YouTube search. Because the reggae style is usually associated with Central American countries like Jamaica, the band's genre began as an experiment that ended up a national success, becoming a unique addition to Iceland's culture. Its music incorporates guitars and keyboards to create the easy-going melodies that are common to reggae, but still leave the music with something to say. Songs like "Manstu" especially showcase how the band uses rhythmical swings and unique rhythm-and-melody combinations to make the reggae style their own. Hjalmar is a great middle ground if you don't want to try something too wild but still atypical to the U.S.
Europe is composed of many different cultures and, with that, different musical influences and styles. If you find yourself bored with the songs currently on your iPod, check out bands unique to other countries, even if just for the awesome languages.
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