Mundy’s Bay are a band that pays no attention to boundaries. With their upcoming debut album, the Montreal 4-piece want to show just how wide their musical talents can spread. Following two EP’s that got the band a sizeable fanbase and helped cement them in the modern Post-Punk scene, lets see just what they have up their sleeves with this release.
Starting the album is Goodbye, which blends haunting instrumentals with dream-like vocals that lull listeners into a daze while also having elements that call back to the beginning of Post-Punk. Track 2 Seasons Pass keeps the same energy while having a hint of old English Indie Rock thrown in to give the track extra seasoning. Wash Over Me comes in hard afterwards with stomping, fuzz filled riffs.
Heavy Bloom is up next and has one of the more classic punk sounding instrumentals on the album, due to the heavier distorted guitar, while bringing in a lot of atmospheric soundscapes to keep the albums flow cohesively. Track 5, Visions of You is the next in line, and comes across as another dreamy soundscape, while track 6 Dreams is a bass-heavy throwback to the days of 2000’s Pop-Rock and Indie-Pop, being an incredibly catchy song that was stuck in my head hours after my first listen. Window in the Shade is the next track and is easily my favourite of the release, with the catchiest instrumental lines and vocals of the release that had me absorbed from start to finish.
Heaven’s Close is my other favourite track on the release, with an infectious bassline that was so simple but so clean and well performed alongside another fantastic vocal performance, on top of one of the heaviest guitar riffs across the entire album too. Tracks 9 and 10, Sleep Away the Summer and Moonlight are more of what came before with even more dreamy lyrics, vocals and instrumentals. Closing the album is J’ai Tout Perdu. Keeping the dreamlike sound that’s found cover to cover, the band add an extra hint of heaviness to this track, both in lyrical content and within the instrumentals that fits the band’s sound perfectly.
For a debut album, Lonesome Valley is breathtaking. While the album isn’t the most experimental found within the genre and the sound across the 11 tracks never truly steps into new territory, the way the album flows is perfect alongside a sound that just draws in listeners due to the outstanding performances on every track on top of the range of influences that can be found being hinted at across each and every song. This is everything a debut album should be, and I cannot recommend this album highly enough, especially if you’re after something to absorb yourself in to.
is out 13th March via Pure Noise Records
Review: Daniel Stapleton