Over the past two weeks, we’ve dedicated this space to some of our favourite discoveries – musicians and bands that we have discovered over the past year since Mundo Musique’s inception in September 2013. Our first feature included the likes of Bear Mountain, Birdie Busch, Ceiling Demons, Chris Ayler, Christopher Wild, DOE EYE, Dream Boat, The Fifty Men, Julie Byrne, and Low Fat Getting Ugly. The second set of 10 artists included Ephrata, Marta Pacek, Phosphene, PRIESTS, Rathborne, The Rich Hands, Sophie Jamieson Ummagma, The Wild Reeds, and Young Fathers.
Today, we list 10 of our favourite songs from other “discoveries”. You could think of this as a “Favourite Discoveries Part III” list or just a stand-alone list of some wonderful tracks by great artists. Whatever the case may be, we hope you enjoy our selections.
ALVVAYS, “ARCHIE, MARRY ME”
From Canada’s Atlantic Provinces (namely Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) but now based out of Toronto, Alvvays‘ self-titled, debut album was a welcome addition to the indie music scene with its lush melodies and dreamy feel. “Archie, Marry Me” is infectious and brilliant indie pop.~~~Ben
BE CALM HONCO, “I LOVE CALIFORNIA”
San Francisco’s Be Calm Honcho released a great debut album this year, and the lead single, “I Love California”, is its standout track. The song is a catchy pop tune that is a little dreamy, is a little rough around the edges, and possesses poignant lyrics about the good and bad of living in California.~~~Ben
BRIAN LOPEZ, “CROSSFIRE CRIES”
Brian Lopez has a great voice, and a unique style. His new album is out later this month, and from what I’ve heard it’s going to be really good. I heard about him when I was sent a four song sample of his upcoming record, and while all of the songs were great, “Crossfire Cries” is a catchy pop-rocker I can’t get out of my head. ~~ Rich
THE BRIGHT SMOKE, “GOD WILLING”
Vastly underrated and underappreciated, New York City’s The Bright Smoke makes dark, brooding, blues-infused indie rock. The music is introspective yet stirring, no more so than “God Willing”, which mirrors the style of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. ~~~Ben
THE CURTIS MAYFLOWER, “CLOCKWORK HEARTS”
I kept hearing about The Curtis Mayflower on Facebook. One of my friends in Boston kept seeing them and posting videos and I just got curious one day and took a listen. Their album Everything Beautiful is Under Attack starts off with on awesome heavy bluesy track “Clockwork Hearts” with a killer riff and even some saxophone. It’s one way to make a great first impression. The rest of Everything Beautiful is Under Attack is incredible, but the hot start left an impression on me. ~~Rich
FAROL CEGO, “E ACORDO AQUI”
We get a lot of e-mails from bands and publicists. In Farol Cego’s case, they sent us an e-mail to check them out. From first listen I really dug them but holy cow “E Acordo Aqui” is one of the most epic tracks I think I’ve ever heard. Absolutely epic guitar work and drumming make this track stand out, even if I don’t understand a single word of Portuguese. ~~Rich
FIFI RONG, “WISHES FAULT”
Ethereal and visceral are the two words that best describe London-based Fifi Rong‘s music. Celestial might be another adjective. Her music spans multiple genres and cultures, including incorporating the sounds of her native China into her electronic, dub-step, and garage music. “Wishes Fault” is the one track that best exemplifies Rong’s expansive sound. ~~~Ben
FOX AND THE LAW, “CHEAP TALK”
Seattle rockers Fox and The Law have been making waves overseas. Their song “Cheap Talk” grabbed my attention last month. It’s a little bit like T-Rex meets Black Sabbath meets Queens of The Stone Age. Their album Stoned To Death is out next month ~~Rich
LOUDGUNS, “LINE OF FIRE”
Ben asked me to check out a Finnish band called Loudguns a couple of months back. He wasn’t quite sure about the genre, so when I heard them I was totally surprised. I felt like I had mistakenly turned on a Iron Maiden or Motley Crue record. Total 1980’s headbanging hair metal. So make sure you let your hair down and put on your tightest leather pants and get ready to rock out for this one. ~~ Rich
SUMEAU, “NEXT DAY BLUR”
Maybe the one band that exemplifies the “accidental discovery”, Sumeau, who was discovered by chance on Soundcloud, is a duo from Los Angeles that released a dreamy, indie pop album earlier this year. On the self-titled debut, “Next Day Blur” is deliriously good. Every time I hear the track, I fall a little bit more in love with Kat Primeau (don’t tell my wife!). ~~~Ben
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