English and More of the World’s “Weirdest” Languages

Using information from the World Atlas of Language Structures, researchers surveyed the features of 239 languages to determine which are “weirdest”—meaning in sound, the number of features and sentence construction. Out of 239, English ranked 33rd. Citing its abnormally high number of phenomes (most languages have around 25, but English has 44) and the odd way English-speakers assemble questions, the study unbiasedly shows how English …

Helado Negro: Pais Nublado

Off his forthcoming album, This Is How You Smile, Helado Negro, aka Roberto Carlos Lange, releases “Pais Nublado,” a folky, surreal tune that’s sung in Spanish and English. The song’s title translates to “Cloudy Country” and evokes a similar vibe. It’s in the same vein as Lange’s previous single, “Please Won’t Please,” and hints at what’s likely to come on his second album on label RVNG Intl.

Yaeji: One More

Super-talented singer/songwriter/DJ/producer Yaeji (aka Kathy Yaeji Lee) has released yet another hypnotic track that blends classic 4×4 house with pop sensibilities. “One More” is a lush, layered song with Korean and English lyrics that are part spoken, part sung and part whispered. Yaeji keeps her listeners beguiled from beginning to end. Yaeji is currently touring the USA and Canada, and will head to Australia in December.