I am looking for Australian or New Zealand bands like Mountain Goats, Neutral Milk Hotel, etc.? This may not exist.

I am also interested in any bands with a similar sound from other languages or regions, such as Asia, Central/South American or Continental Europe.

I would describe the sound I am after as "indie lo-fi folk rock"

I would also be interested in other non-american/non-UK suggestions. Maybe French or Latin American?

  • @Chris Sunami I appreciate the input on this old question, as it remains a question of interest to me. In this case however, Daniel Johnston, Iron & Wine and Tunng sound nothing like Mountain Goats or Neutral Milk Hotel.
    – jakethedog
    Jan 22, 2018 at 7:28
  • I can only imagine that my description is inadequate because Sugarcubes and Gotye are pure pop. Similar sounding artists, though American, would be AJJ and Ghost Mice.
    – jakethedog
    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:12

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I can suggest :

Check this playlist for more ideas.

On lo-fi style

The Hawk Moth Records label has published a compilation with various Australian folk artists. As they say in the description:

We wanted to capture everyone raw and un-produced and just right.

So it might be closer to lo-fi style.

  • thanks for the suggestions. they are all good bands. i would say that they are missing the 'lo-fi' sound. can you think of any bands with a 'lo-fi' element?
    – jakethedog
    Feb 23, 2017 at 12:16
  • @jakethedog The 'lo-fi' part wasn't in you original question... I will check that part.
    – Bebs
    Feb 23, 2017 at 12:46
  • was trying to avoid misleading genre labels
    – jakethedog
    Feb 23, 2017 at 22:33
  • @jakethedog, you still don't like the additions I've made on my answer?
    – Bebs
    Feb 24, 2017 at 7:45
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