This Monday’s Mundo Musique features two New York-based musical acts making fantastic groovy, synth-pop songs; a newly formed indie duo from Nashville; a critically-acclaimed, Canadian singer-songwriter; and a nod to a legend.
After a diverse career that included playing with the Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, and The Dum Dum Girls as well as starting her own band project, Frankie Rose and the Outs, Frankie Rose finally embarked on a solo career. With the superb Interstellar released in 2010, Rose moved away from indie rock-pop sounds to creating a record of atmospheric, synth-pop. Her latest album, Herein Wild, which was released in September of this year, builds on her previous effort.
Frankie Rose just finished a tour with Franz Ferdinand. During her Montreal performance, she and her band played a lively, engaging 40-minute set with Miss Rose constantly commenting on the energy of the crowd. Miss Rose and her band head to Europe for a series of shows, so catch them if you can (tour dates here).
“Sorrow” from Herein Wild
New York’s The Dig have released two great EPs this year – The Tired Hearts was released in June and You & I was released on October 22. Taken together, the two are cohesive, psych-pop-rock albums that focus on love, love lost, and independence.
“Over You Again”, from the first EP, is one of my favourite tracks of the year with its hypnotic beginning and climatic finish. “You & I” from the second EP follows a similar path, but with a deeper bass and more melancholic melody.
“Over You Again” from Tired Hearts
“You and I”
You can buy Tired Hearts and You & I on The Dig’s bandcamp site, on iTunes, and other music services. Or catch David Baldwin (guitar, vocals), Emile Mosseri (bass, vocals), Erick Eiser (keyboards, guitar), and Mark Demiglio (drums) as they finish their tour across North America (tour dates here). If you miss them on this leg, they’ll probably tour again soon, so catch them then.
Cotton Wine is an eclectic Americana/folk duo based out of Nashville, consisting of Dutch-born writer/producer/singer Femke Weidema and Brandon James. The group presents another project for Ms. Weidema, who has dabbled in everything from writing pop tunes, producing electronic music, and performing classical music. She is multi-talented, playing the piano, guitar, accordian, among other things.
With Halloween around the corner, the duo released the quirky but catchy “Bloody Mary”, which is below. Get to know Cotton Wine, as they could be the next great folk duo.
British Columbia-based Helen Austin has established a large fan base across Canada and the globe. For most of her professional career, she was a stand-up comedian, performing and headlining major venues in the United Kingdom. She has now devoted her attention to writing music – folk tunes, songs for children, and music for commercials. Her songs are uplifting, sometimes contemplative. Her voice is angelic and soothing.
Here is a more recent track from Ms. Austin. Grab your loved one while you listen.
REMEMBERING LOU REED
Whether you are a performer, writer, or just a fan of music, you were likely influenced or affected by Lou Reed. With Velvet Underground, Lou Reed brought poetry to the rock and punk scenes of the 1960s and 1970s. He was an idol to many, and someone whom will be missed by all. With so many great songs, it’s difficult to pick one to remember him. But given this solemn moment, I’m reminded of the lovely ballad, “Pale Blue Eyes”, especially the following lyrics:
Thought of you as my mountain top,
Thought of you as my peak.
Thought of you as everything,
I’ve had but couldn’t keep.
I’ve had but couldn’t keep.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
RIP to a legend. I hope you’ll be walking on the wild side.
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