Author: Ben Yung

49 Above: Soft Wounds, “Demo”

49 Above: Soft Wounds, “Demo”

Toronto’s Soft Wounds are a young quartet who make shoegaze-y indie music. Similar to Brooklyn’s Crystal Stilts and Porcelain in their approach, Soft Wounds have released their first demo, which, while not surprisingly is a bit rough around the edges, shows tremendous promise. There is a dreamy quality to their shoegaze indie rock, which is best captured on the extended […]

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49 Above: Sarah MacDougall, “I Want to See the Light (Lost From Our Eyes)”

49 Above: Sarah MacDougall, “I Want to See the Light (Lost From Our Eyes)”

Canadian/Swedish singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall recently released a stirring, brilliant new track, “I Want to See the Light (Lost from Our Eyes)”. The indie-folk track echoes the sound and magnetism found on Marta Pacek‘s terrific Voodoo Dolls False Alarms and the alluring qualities of Orenda Fink’s Blue Dream. “I Want to See the Light” is the first single from MacDougall’s forthcoming […]

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Young Romance, London’s Next Great Noise-Pop Duo

Young Romance, London’s Next Great Noise-Pop Duo

Way back in March, London duo Young Romance released their debut 7″ single, “Pale”, which also included “Break My Heart By Morning”. The 7″ was limited to the UK and was critically acclaimed by various local media outlets and blogs. The single is now available in North America via Young Romance‘s Soundcloud page. Comprising of mono-named Claire (vocals, drums) and […]

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Andrew Keoghan’s New Single, “Better Company”

Andrew Keoghan’s New Single, “Better Company”

A few months ago, we had profiled Andrew Keoghan‘s spectacular debut album, Arctic Tales Divide, which was named the New Zealand Herald’s album of the year in 2011. Since then, Keoghan has established residence in Brooklyn (although he still returns to Auckland) and has been working on his highly anticipated second album. After reworking the album, Keoghan has released the […]

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Night Beds, “Me Liquor and God”

Night Beds, “Me Liquor and God”

In 2012, Winston Yellen – a.k.a. Night Beds – released a melodic, indie folk-pop album that was lush and romantic. Last week, he released his first single in more than a year, but “Me Liquor and God” sees Yellen experiment with electronic and smooth R&B textures (think How to Dress Well). Despite the new sound, Yellen retained many of the […]

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Room Full of Strangers, “Bad Vacation”

Room Full of Strangers, “Bad Vacation”

Can a band that might remind you of the local house band achieve success beyond its city limits? Room Full of Strangers is definitely going to find out. With the release of their debut LP, Bad Vacation, in October and performances at CMJ and the eastern US, the Orlando quartet have established a growing following with their catchy, proto-punk-infused, garage […]

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Lauren Strange & The Pretty Killers, “Say Yes”

Lauren Strange & The Pretty Killers, “Say Yes”

Lauren Strange is a singer-songwriter from Music City USA – a.k.a. Nashville, Tennessee. She started off writing and performing country-western songs, and she was recognized for her work. In 2010, her debut EP, The Strange EP, was awarded First Place in the American Songwriting Lyric Contest (March/April 2010), and it received honors and recognition at the Grand Prize Award in […]

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The Well Pennies, “Drive”

The Well Pennies, “Drive”

Bryan and Sarah Vanderpool’s love story is made for the movies. Both were aspiring solo artists in the Boston area, and they met like how many independent artists meet – at gigs and eventually supporting each other’s solo sets. The two eventually fell in love (whether it was love at first sight or whether it involved a midnight epiphany and […]

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New Zealand’s Anthonie Tonnon

New Zealand’s Anthonie Tonnon

Last week, Anthonie Tonnon, who hails from Auckland, New Zealand, released “The Songs of Your Youth”. The song is the first single from his forthcoming album, Successor. The track is characteristic of the orchestral indie-pop that is coming out of New Zealand – classical arrangements and instruments (in this case the piano) with a rousing chorus. It’s a great track, […]

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Mundo Musique: Ruby Fray, “Grackle”

Mundo Musique: Ruby Fray, “Grackle”

A few months ago, Emily Beanblossom – aka Ruby Fray – released her sophomore album, Grackle. It is a stark but tantalizing album that sees the Austin-based singer songwriter / Olympia, Washington native strike heavy chords that are not for the faint of heart. Her style is unique and difficult to qualify, although it has been labeled “psychedelic witch wave” […]

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Mundo Musique: American Wrestlers, “I Can Do No Wrong”

Mundo Musique: American Wrestlers, “I Can Do No Wrong”

The moniker American Wrestlers is a bit misleading. First of it, American Wrestlers is the brainchild of one guy. Second, this one guy isn’t American at all, but he was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. Third, like that entertainment called wrestling, American Wrestlers is mysterious. His real name has not been shared and is unknown, like a wrestler who […]

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Mundo Musique: New Single from A Place to Bury Strangers,  “Straight”

Mundo Musique: New Single from A Place to Bury Strangers, “Straight”

It’s that time of year where there are very few new albums being released. Those that are coming out tend to be obviously focused on the upcoming holiday season. It’s also the time of year where artists are slowly releasing tracks for their upcoming albums due out early in the new year. On February 17th, Brooklyn’s A Place to Bury […]

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Mundo Musique: Munroe, “Bloodlet”

Mundo Musique: Munroe, “Bloodlet”

With her sights set on achieving Hollywood success, Hamilton, Ontario’s Kathleen Munroe has also turned her sights on music. Having appeared on ABC’s Resurrection, HBO’s Call Me Fitz, and CBC’s six-part series Durham County, Munroe, who is using only her last name as a recording artist, has found solace and inspiration in music. Her interest leans towards Americana and folk […]

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49 Above: Toronto’s Post-Punk Band, Terrorista

49 Above: Toronto’s Post-Punk Band, Terrorista

On 49 Above, we tried to focus on bands from small cities and towns across Canada, but there are also some great, up-and-coming bands from major urban centres, such as Toronto. Terrorista are a two-piece, lo-fi, post-punk band comprising of Sam Hargrove (guitar, vocals) and Rich Taylor (drums and backup vocals). They’ve been together for a couple of years, and […]

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Mundo Musique: My Drunken Haze

Mundo Musique: My Drunken Haze

From the US to Canada to France to Brazil to the UK to Japan, the neo-psychedelic, synth-pop movement is making waves across the globe. Now, it has struck Athens, Greece with aplomb. My Drunken Haze is a five-piece outfit that makes dreamy, stirring music. And before you are concerned that the album is in Greek, the entire album is sung […]

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Mundo Musique: Flaviyake, “Barcode Puppets”

Mundo Musique: Flaviyake, “Barcode Puppets”

Newcomer Flaviyake is an electro-pop singer and songwriter who is originally from Moldova and is currently residing in Los Angeles. She has a sound that mixes the brilliant eccentricity of Bjork, the catchy rhythms of Kimbra, and the ingenuity and ethereal qualities of Sigur Ros and Fifi Rong. Recently, Flaviyake – which is a combination of the artist’s Latin name […]

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Mundo Musique: Parquet Courts/Parkay Quarts, “Content Nausea”

Mundo Musique: Parquet Courts/Parkay Quarts, “Content Nausea”

Earlier this year, Parquet Courts released the excellent Sunbathing Animal, which saw the NYC-based quartet expand their sound, moving away from being purely a post-punk band to a full-blown rock band with more attention to melodies and textures. With the more expansive sound came lengthier tracks, as previously Parquet Courts recorded songs that rarely passed two minutes in duration but […]

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Mundo Musique: Debut Album by Holy Oker, aka Greg Bevis

Mundo Musique: Debut Album by Holy Oker, aka Greg Bevis

With his solo project as Holy Oker, Vancouver’s Greg Bevis has taken a bit of the sound of Bear Mountain, for whom he plays drums and contributes to the songwriting, while adding his own personal touches. Specifically, whereas Bear Mountain is focused on creating music that will move you physically and mentally with their synth-pop, dance beats, Bevis applies a […]

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Mundo Musique: Lucinda Williams, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone”

Mundo Musique: Lucinda Williams, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone”

About two months ago, Lucinda Williams released her 19th studio album – the double LP, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone. While the album received solid reviews, it was lost in the wave of new music coming out for various reasons. Maybe it’s because we have taken Williams for granted, as every song she has written and every album […]

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Mundo Musique: Greylag

Mundo Musique: Greylag

About a month ago, indie rock band Greylag released their self-titled debut album that went under the radar, but it’s an album that music fans should quickly familiarize themselves with immediately. Produced by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses), Greylag have put together a fine album that pays homage to classic and modern southern rock […]

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