In specific terms of popular music, why does the Midwest of USA tend to be depressed/whiny/emo while the Nordic countries are batshit insane and hardcore?
scandanavias got all kinds of shit and per capita probably the best output last year of any other region
and I'm pretty sure midwest emo is dead as fuck but its just a later part of a long chain to answer your question
as for a more direct connection between style and emotion I've been keeping my eye on florida. It seems to either be super positive party or even religious music or super negative satanic shit
As a Finn, there's some pretty depressing and whiny music here too, link related.
This album was critically praised and many consider it to be the best Finnish album of 2015, and it's a rap album about a break up. And it's fucking great one, highly recommended.
People just think of Nordic countries as places where everybody listens to metal, and while metal is pretty popular here, it's mostly bad buttmetal like everywhere else. Of course there's quality stuff too but with this amount of releases there just has to be a few good ones too.
Also damn i would love to have a good emo/screamo scene, there's literally like 5 bands in Finland.
H Y P E
All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
Released: 11 March 2016
Label: Decca, Glassnote
Running with the Wolves
Released: 3 May 2015