Lacking in music vocabulary I'm finding it hard to articulate, but I am looking for songs (or the genre) that use sounds and made up words purely for its aesthetic quality. The closest thing I can conceive of is something like Adiemus which uses vocals as an instrument where the words have no inherent meaning of themselves. Beatboxing I think comes close too but the 'vocabulary' in beatboxing seems somewhat more limited.

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    Check out "scat-singing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scat_singing
    – Olli
    May 3, 2019 at 8:13
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    @Olli scat-singing is one class of this. Since scat involves (usually) sneaking a lot of words into the stream, it's not the same as purely singing a sequence of "voice shapes" such as la-la-fa-tu-tu, e.g. May 3, 2019 at 11:51

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Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins used to make up/pick up random words just for their sound.

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  • wow thanks! you read my mind with those search term suggestions! Gotta get reading.
    – Jodic
    May 7, 2019 at 6:30

Nat King Cole's "Frim Fram Sauce" comes to mind as does the "Hapsut Song."

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