Author: Ben Yung

Mundo Musique: Silo Halo

Mundo Musique: Silo Halo

There was a time – granted a long time ago – when indie rock was just dominated by fuzzy guitars, reverb, and chaotic, dueling rifts. Today, the diversity of indie rock sounds is quite expansive with more musicians take a brooding almost downcast approach to the genre, melding together the angst of alt-rock of the early 1990s, goth rock, and […]

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Mundo Musique: Alea Rae

Mundo Musique: Alea Rae

One of the most pleasant music discoveries I’ve had recently is Westminster, British Columbia’s Alea Rae (Westminster is located just outside of Vancouver). Over the past year, the trio have publicly shared a handful of songs. Last year, they released their debut EP, Offerings, four songs of mostly brooding, indie-folk. From the album, the aptly named “Stunning Silence” shone above the […]

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Mundo Musique: New Singles from Springtime Carnivore

Mundo Musique: New Singles from Springtime Carnivore

In a couple of weeks, Springtime Carnivore – the project of Greta Morgan – will release her self-titled, debut album. Today, we take a sneak peak into the album, specifically two tracks that have been released in advance of the official record release – “Name on a Matchbook” and “Sun Went Black”. Both tracks have a ’50s & ’60s bubblegum […]

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Mundo Musique: Meatbodies

Mundo Musique: Meatbodies

When you listen to an album for the first time, there are varying reactions. Often for me, I usually say, “That was pretty good” or “I need to hear it again”. Then there are moments where I yell, “F*&# yeah!” That’s what I uttered in my lonesome when I put on Meatbodies’ self-titled album on the weekend. When you’ve played […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Dream Stretcher

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Dream Stretcher

In hearing Dream Stretcher‘s new single, “Colors”, I was immediately reminded of some of the bands we’ve highlighted on Mundo Musique over the past 1+, including Black City Lights from New Zealand, Coves, and Mozart’s Sister. Electronic, synth, ambient, chillwave, and dreamy, Dream Stretcher is an apt name for the Los Angeles duo. Composing of Clinton Van Arnam, who is […]

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First Impressions: Chris Ayler’s “808’sFTW?” EP

First Impressions: Chris Ayler’s “808’sFTW?” EP

Chris Ayler has been an artist that we’ve profiled a few times in this space, including discovering the innate talents of the then 17-year old to his collaboration with Baltimore rapper King Snxxp. Last week, the now 18-year old Ayler released his debut EP, 808’sFTW?. On the 5-track album, Chris returns to creating sonic landscapes. Wendy and Ben give their […]

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Mundo Musique: Shakey Graves, “And The War Came”

Mundo Musique: Shakey Graves, “And The War Came”

There are tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of individuals involved in music. Some are extremely gifted musicians, who are masterful at their craft. Many are fantastic songwriters, who could take even the most mundane chore and make it sound like the most important task to be completed. Others are great performers, who wow audiences with their dance moves, pyrotechnics, […]

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Mundo Musique: Samuel Ford

Mundo Musique: Samuel Ford

We at The Revue have a soft spot for emerging and established indie singer-songwriters. We’ve written about Sharon Van Etten, Timothy Showalter (aka Strand of Oaks), Johanna Samuels, Angel Olsen, Justin Townes Earle, Joe Fletcher, Marta Pacek, Steve Gunn, Jesse Marchant, Chad VanGaalen, Damian Jurado, Brian Lopez, Beau Austin, and countless others. Today, we look at Samuel Ford. Ford has […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Hanging Out with Deltron 3030

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Hanging Out with Deltron 3030

In our continuing series of interviews and other events with artists at this summer Ottawa Bluesfest, we (which includes the gents at Tacklebox Productions and me) had an opportunity to sit down and hang out with Deltron 3030 before their set. What’s not shown in the video is that after the interview, Del hung out with the gang from BlakDenim […]

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Mundo Musique: Steve Gunn, “Way Out Weather”

Mundo Musique: Steve Gunn, “Way Out Weather”

For nearly a decade, Steve Gunn has been known as one of the best, if not unheralded, guitarists in music. He has worked closely with indie rocker Kurt Vile as a member of his band The Violators and collaborated on several, trance-inducing, instrumental projects, such as the Golden Gunn album that he collaborated with M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger. Last year, Gunn took […]

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Mundo Musique: Zola Jesus, “Taiga”

Mundo Musique: Zola Jesus, “Taiga”

From her days as a goth queen to an ethereal songstress Nika Roza Danilova – also known as Zola Jesus – has constantly been searching for new sounds and approaches, never satisfied with the last album she’s released regardless of its success. It is fitting, therefore, that she has named her new album Taiga – the Russian word for the […]

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Mundo Musique: Homeshake, “In The Shower”

Mundo Musique: Homeshake, “In The Shower”

On Friday, we showed an expedition with Canadian indie musician Mac DeMarco during the 2014 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest (here’s the link). Fittingly, Mac’s backup band members have recently released or are in the process of debuting their new albums, so I’m dedicating today’s articles to Mac’s supporting band and other projects. In a separate feature, I looked at the re-issuing […]

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Mundo Musique: Walter TV, “Appetite”

Mundo Musique: Walter TV, “Appetite”

On Friday, we showed an expedition with Canadian indie musician Mac DeMarco during the 2014 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest (click here). Coincidental or not, Mac’s backup band members have recently released or are in the process of debuting their new albums, so today’s articles are dedicated to these fine gents. Peter Sagar’s forthcoming album under the pseudonym Homeshake, In the Shower, […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – “What’s His Name” with Mac DeMarco

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – “What’s His Name” with Mac DeMarco

During the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, we walked around with Canadian indie star Mac DeMarco, asking people if they knew his given first name. We even gave hints in our Pick-4 for that day’s Bluesfest lineup. If they responded correctly, they got a hug from Mac (and those who didn’t respond correctly still got to embrace the goofball of indie rock). […]

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Mundo Musique: Mattson 2’s Agar

Mundo Musique: Mattson 2’s Agar

In 2002, Battles, an experimental, instrumental rock band from New York, was formed, and they have released two terrific albums (2007’s Mirrored and 2011’s Gloss Drop) that were bold and heart-racing fun. Also in 2002, the second installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers, was released and along with it was the terrific score by acclaimed […]

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Mundo Musique: The History of Apple of Pie, “Feel Something”

Mundo Musique: The History of Apple of Pie, “Feel Something”

Early in 2013, The History of Apple Pie released their debut album, Out of View, a collection of songs that saw the London, UK band dabble in indie pop to indie rock. Out of View was essentially a nod to the American pop and rock music of the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s that they grew up listening to (hence the name of […]

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Mundo Music: Electric Youth, “Innerworld”

Mundo Music: Electric Youth, “Innerworld”

I was remarking to my wife last week if any band or artist had, this year, produced a dreamier album than Dream Boat’s The Rose Explodes, which Rich reviewed last week. Just as I utter those words, Electric Youth, the young electronic, synth-pop duo from Los Angeles and Toronto, released Innerworld in advance. Whereas Dream Boat’s record is haunting and […]

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Mundo Musique: Hardcore Punk Rockers, Millsted

Mundo Musique: Hardcore Punk Rockers, Millsted

This Wednesday, long-time New York City quintet, Millsted, will release HARLEM, an eight-song LP of in-your-face, hardcore punk rock. This will be their album, although the band, in different arrangements, has been rocking NYC’s underground music scene for well over a decade. Their politically charged music has created a niche following in the city that never sleeps, but with their […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Bands from the YOW (Part II)

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Bands from the YOW (Part II)

This is Part II of a series of interviews with Ottawa-area performance that we did at this year’s RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. In this video compilation, you’ll find: Indie band, Amos the Transparent, who are building a national following Bella Cat, a singer-songwriter with an incredible, soulful voice Indie rockers, Cold Capital Local, blues-rock icons, The Fiftymen The garage rock of […]

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Mundo Musique: New Singles from Turtle Giant

Mundo Musique: New Singles from Turtle Giant

In July, I featured a band that I discovered a few years ago based out of Macau, China but originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the coming weeks, Turtle Giant, the indie-rock trio, will release their new album, Golden Summer. In the meantime, they’ve released a couple of tracks. The first one, “The Nathaniel 3401”, is a space-orchestra-like track that […]

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