Author: Ben Yung

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Scotland’s Life Model

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Scotland’s Life Model

Our buddy Kevin is gallivanting around Scotland this week, and it’s just pure coincidence that I’m kicking the week off with a young band from Glasgow. Life Model is a five-piece band that makes shoegaze, dream pop that is sublime and even bordering on erotic. The have yet to produce an EP or LP, but instead of released several singles. […]

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Mundo Musique: My Brightest Diamond

Mundo Musique: My Brightest Diamond

My Brightest Diamond is the musical project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden, the Michigan native now New York City resident. Worden is best known for her collaboration with indie folk-rocker Sufjan Stevens and having performed with the likes of The National, The Decemberists, and Bon Iver. Her solo career, however, has been expansive. With her fourth album, This is My […]

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Mundo Musique: Jesse Marchant’s Enthralling “Jesse Marchant”

Mundo Musique: Jesse Marchant’s Enthralling “Jesse Marchant”

For Those Who Like: Sun Kil Moon, Damien Jurado, and Strand of Oaks This year we have several male singer-songwriters put out great LPs. Mark Kozelek as Sun Kil Moon, Damien Jurado, Beck, Chad VanGaalen, and Timothy Showalter (aka Strand of Oaks) to name a few. Yesterday, New York-based-via-Montreal Jesse Marchant, who was previously known as JBM, released an album […]

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Mundo Musique: The Tallest Tree

Mundo Musique: The Tallest Tree

Dawn Larsh and Armando Vega are The Tallest Tree, a husband-wife duo from Dundas, Ontario. Their story on how the band was formed is great, and I’ll let them describe how it all came about because I wouldn’t do it any justice. We met a couple years ago when Armando’s band, The Oats, was playing in Canada. And that’s when […]

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Mundo Musique: “Soft Friday”, the Debut Album by Coves

Mundo Musique: “Soft Friday”, the Debut Album by Coves

Back in March, John Ridgard and Beck Wood – aka Coves – released their debut LP Soft Friday to UK and European audiences only, and it received widespread acclaim. It was only last week that the album was made available to North American audiences by Nettwerk (although you could hear various tracks on their YouTube channel and Soundcloud), thus giving […]

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Mundo Musique: The Afro-Funk-Soul-Jazz-Rock of Sinkane

Mundo Musique: The Afro-Funk-Soul-Jazz-Rock of Sinkane

Despite starting off as a member of Brookyn indie band Yeasayer, collaborating with Caribou and Of Montreal, and being the musical director of ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor, which included contributions from David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), and others, Ahmed Gallab remains a virtual unknown outside New York’s music scene. In many ways, […]

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Mundo Musique: Blonde Redhead’s “Barragán”

Mundo Musique: Blonde Redhead’s “Barragán”

I remember being asked by a friend how I would describe Blonde Redhead. My reply was, “Unconventional.” Since their formation twenty years ago and now through nine albums, the legendary New York City trio have never been ones to follow trends. Instead, they’re constantly pushing boundaries, taking the listener to places never before imagined or heard. Every note and every […]

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Mundo Musique: The New Basement Tapes – A Collaborative Album Project of Undiscovered Dylan Lyrics

Mundo Musique: The New Basement Tapes – A Collaborative Album Project of Undiscovered Dylan Lyrics

A few months ago, a new project was launched involving some of the biggest names in indie rock, Americana, blues, and blues rock. The New Basement Tapes is a collaboration between Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket),  Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), and T Bone Burnett. Together they have recorded two […]

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Mundo Musique: Ruthie Foster, “Promise of a Brand New Day”

Mundo Musique: Ruthie Foster, “Promise of a Brand New Day”

Ruthie Foster has been a favourite of mine for a while now. As I wrote back in June, I first “discovered” Ruthie Foster back in 2007 when she performed at Ottawa Bluesfest. She performed two shows at the festival – a mid-summer’s day set that had the audience of some 2,000 people completely captivated and more showed up to find […]

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Mundo Musique: J Mascis, “Tied to a Star”

Mundo Musique: J Mascis, “Tied to a Star”

It’s easy to forget how great of a songwriter J Mascis is. Due to his association with the distortion, punk-infused, grunge rock of Dinosaur Jr., which he founded in 1984 with Lou Barlow and Murph, Mascis is acknowledged as being one of the leading contributors to the rise of alternative rock and grunge and for his superb guitar skills. Not […]

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Mundo Musique: New Singles from Rachel Thomasin and Chris Ayler

Mundo Musique: New Singles from Rachel Thomasin and Chris Ayler

As today is the one-year anniversary of Mundo Musique, I thought I would take the time to check in with a couple of young artists that were focused in this space. Both have new singles out that are worth checking out.   Rachel Thomasin, “Amber Light” and “Métamorphe” I first wrote about Boston’s Rachel Thomasin in February of this year, […]

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Mundo Musique: Misun’s Dreamy New Single, “Goodbye Summer”

Mundo Musique: Misun’s Dreamy New Single, “Goodbye Summer”

As we celebrate our one-year anniversary, we’ll be revisiting some of the bands and artists that we have profiled in this space. One such band is Baltimore’s Misun, who has been highly underappreciated and overlooked for way too long. Until recently – really the last 3 or 4 months – music blogs have ignored Misun, but their recent mini-tour to […]

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Mundo Musique: The Reinvention of Sarah Jaffe

Mundo Musique: The Reinvention of Sarah Jaffe

For Those Who Like: Zola Jesus, St. Vincent, Imogen Heap In 2008, Texas native Sarah Jaffe released Even Born Again, an EP of heartbreaking, acoustic indie-folk that caught the attention of several publications, including Rolling Stone. She followed that up with her first full-length album, the well-received Suburban Nature in 2010. The album included “Clementine” and “Summer Begs’”, two singles […]

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Mundo Musique: Beau Austin, a Folk Singer for the “Common People”

Mundo Musique: Beau Austin, a Folk Singer for the “Common People”

With a musical style like Eddie Vedder’s solo material, a groveling approach like Dylan, and songs about the everyday struggles by ordinary people that would make Tom Morello proud, Cincinnati/LA singer-songwriter Beau Austin can be considered a folk singer for the “common people” – the men and women who toil everyday in occupations that get little recognition but are the bedrock […]

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Mundo Musique: Ty Segall’s Brilliant “Manipulator”

Mundo Musique: Ty Segall’s Brilliant “Manipulator”

From releasing at last count 18 solo albums, the countless other albums he’s released with Mikal Cronin and as a member of bands like Fuzz, Epsilons, Party Fowls, The Traditional Fools, The Perverts, and Sic Alps, and producing albums, such as White Fence’s excellent For the Recently Found Guilty, Ty Segall‘s influence and imprint are everywhere. With a resume this […]

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Mundo Musique: Beach Day, “Native Echoes”

Mundo Musique: Beach Day, “Native Echoes”

For Those Who Like: Best Coast, The Balconies, The Dum Dum Girls, The History of Apple Pie Inspired by ’60s girl-pop and influenced by the surf-pop of Best Coast and the indie jangle-pop of The Dum Dum Girls in their early years, Beach Day’s sophomore album, Native Echoes, is a fun album to end the summer. For that matter, it might the album […]

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Mundo Musique: Kimbra’s Ambitious “The Golden Echo”

Mundo Musique: Kimbra’s Ambitious “The Golden Echo”

For Those Who Like: 80s & 90s music with a contemporary twist It’s not often that we feature an artist on a major record label, but today is an exception with the release of a sophomore record that has me reliving my youth. How old am I? Well, I’m old enough to remember The Pointer Sisters, Olivia Newton-John, and Sheena […]

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Mundo Musique: Orenda Fink, “Blue Dream”

Mundo Musique: Orenda Fink, “Blue Dream”

For Those Who Like: Beck, Luluc, Marissa Nadler Earlier this year, Beck released the excellent Morning Phase, a low-key, melodic album that examined the human condition in all its forms. The album has been applauded and acclaimed for its simplicity yet stunning craftsmanship, taking hush notes and textures to create an atmospheric vibe. If there is to be an addendum to […]

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Mundo Musique: Benjamin Booker

Mundo Musique: Benjamin Booker

For Those Who Like: Gary Clark, Jr., Chuck Berry, Jack White, B. Hamilton He’s been applauded for his fiery performance at Newport Folk Festival. He was picked to open Jack White’s latest tour. He’s being acknowledged as a guitar wunderkind for his combination of deft touch, slaying, and gritty, bluesy style. For many, this would mark the high points of […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Cariad Harmon

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Cariad Harmon

Five years ago, Cariad Harmon released her debut album, Four Letters, a tender, vulnerable album of love and lost. It’s an album that echos of Norah Jones and Holly Cole with its melodic undertones and gorgeous harmonies. The opener “Let It Go” and the stunning “Four Letters” best reflect the blue-eyed soul and adult contemporary of the two aforementioned songstresses. […]

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