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Instrumental/orchestral tunes similar to The High Llamas

06/03/12 07:34 am, enjoy bell woods, South Florida, USA

Any recommendations, folks? I know there's got to be stuff like this out there somewhere. The closest I've come is Penguin Cafe Orchestra, who I also love. 

07/03/12 08:02 am, hejafish, , England

Here's a good thread I came across from the old forum: 

07/03/12 03:05 am, enjoy bell woods, South Florida, USA

 Thanks friend. Hoping someone will share with me some sort of hidden opus full of banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, cuatros, --instruments like those.

07/03/12 03:59 am, enjoy bell woods, South Florida, USA

 Maybe even something like the soundtrack for La Vie D'Artiste.

07/03/12 03:59 am, enjoy bell woods, South Florida, USA

Double posted. But yeah, that'd be ideal... I love that OST.

07/03/12 04:54 am, Hill Ghamas, , Finland

 I have always found this track very llamaesque: 

It's italian library music by Giuseppe De Luca from Barry 7's Connectors 2 compilation.

07/03/12 06:25 am, corozal2, salt lake city, USA

Maybe this is too obvious, but the Van Dyke Parks albums Song Cycle and Discover America are full of all of those offbeat orchestral accoutrements that Llamas fans love. I'm guessing you're well aware of them though. There's also a new release by Van Dyke that compiles some of his best arrangements from the 60s and 70s. It can be found at

Have you heard any of the Testbild! albums? They seem to fit the bill as well.

07/03/12 06:32 am, enjoy bell woods, South Florida, USA

 I have listened to Van Dyke Parks, but can only take him in small doses. I also don't find his albums to have the same replayability or depth of The High Llamas, but maybe I'm just biased coming to him after spending years with Sean and Stereolab. I also find his voice a bit... cloying (if not annoying), but he is a great recommendation for anyone who hasn't heard him yet. I know Sean explicitly references him at least once on Beet, Maize and Corn. What I appreciate about The High Llamas is how lazy and serene their tunes come across, whereas VDP hits more of a theatrical stride.

Testbild! seem okay, but I haven't warmed up to them much yet. I don't really like the one they did with Louis Philippe that much. I do remember struggling to get into The High Llamas many moons ago, though, so maybe I need to spend more time with them. 

 Hopefully there's more music like Tim and Sean's OSTs out there. Those albums really do it for me. If you know of anything like Penguin Cafe Orchestra, that would also be great. I've never been able to find anyone else quite like them.

 Antonio Carlos Jobim's Wave is a great album if there's anyone out there who hasn't heard it yet. I'd say that fits the bill to an extent. 

07/03/12 06:44 am, enjoy bell woods, South Florida, USA

 I must say that Carla Bley album does nothing for me at all... not at all what I was expecting. Interesting one, but I doubt I'll ever listen to it again. Reminded me of something like The Art Bears, another band for which I could never acquire a taste. 

 I saw Sean mention Basil Kirchin somewhere before. He's difficult, yet I really like his compositions. Please seek out both Worlds Within Worlds albums... very unique.

 Anything you know of that captures the same feeling of a track like "Glide Time"? Maybe I need to be more specific... 

07/03/12 11:45 am, enjoy bell woods, South Florida, USA

 That Moose Hill is phenomenal. where can I buy it?

08/03/12 09:04 am, hejafish, , England

You could contact these to help:

Here's Goro Ito's myspace:

It's not on Japan's Amazon site but some other Moose Hill albums are.

(Might need a language convertor for that one)

10/03/12 09:18 am, tidawilson, Jakarta, Indonesia

Try this:

It's a sublime record, I really love it. If you listen to the whole record, it may not be too obvious, but I can definitely hear some hints of Llamas in it.

11/03/12 04:02 am, enjoy bell woods, South Florida, USA

 That's great... really does sound akin to The High Llamas.

11/03/12 11:11 am, hejafish, , England

 @ tidawilson...

Wow!! Well.. this beats any of my suggestions for near like Llama sound! 

Thanks for sharing!!! oh.. hang on.. here's another Llama ish tune I discovered recently: 


12/03/12 02:50 am, enjoy bell woods, South Florida, USA

 You guys rock. Keep 'em coming.

13/03/12 07:20 am, littlecollie, Hebden Bridge, England

 This stuff is amazing and I've only listened to Moose Hill, the Doopees and Sven Libaek so far!!!


It seems that Farside Records is the best bet for getting a copy of 'Hawaii, Hawaii' in the UK (for a whopping £25), and I'm tempted to get Sven Libaek from Light in the Attic...

13/03/12 08:28 am, enjoy bell woods, South Florida, USA

 My favorite Penguin Cafe tune:

14/03/12 07:46 am, hejafish, , England

That PCO tune is lovely. 

The LastFm High Llamas radio throws up a few good suggestions (if you can put up with the stupid video sequences zooming in and out):


18/04/12 10:56 am, tidawilson, Jakarta, Indonesia

 Hi again,

@hejafish ever heard of the band Modular from Argentina? Does anyone here ever mention it? I just discovered this band recently, and they're awesome. Any Llamas fans would definitely dig their sound. A bit more like Stereolab though than the Llamas, but still, definitely worth checking out.


01/05/12 02:26 am, hejafish, , England


Sorry for the late reply!

Yes, Modular are great!!

The last link I provided above is them!!!

They have been mentioned before on the forum I am sure but good to remind people or inform new visitors of the great band. :¬)

By the way.. I followed your link on youtube to your channel and discovered a band called April March on your playlist!! Fantastic stuff!!!!!!!!

06/05/12 03:36 am, tidawilson, Jakarta, Indonesia


 I know right! She's amazing!

Oh, you should check out Bertrand Burgalat, he's one of contemporary composers that I really like, the brain behind that wonderful April March's music, and as you can probably hear, he created those brilliant chord progression!

Here's the instrumental version:

09/05/12 05:17 am, hejafish, , England

Yes, I got his album 'the sssound of mmmusic' after seeing his name on the back of the April March CD.. I wasn't too keen to be honest.. there are a few nice tracks on there though. Do I need to give it another chance? Or perhaps you could recommend a better album by him?

Yes, the instrumental original is great!