Album Review: Mundy's Bay - Lonesome Valley
Pure Noise Records
It’s so easy to look for the proverbial box to stick any given band into and wrap it up with a nice little bow, but what do you do when a band purposely stretches outside of any genre boundaries and refuses to allow themselves to be classified one way or the other? This is the case with Mundy’s Bay and their debut full-length album Lonesome Valley. Picking out the signatures that form some sort of common thread between songs is a task that can be tackled; Esther Mulder’s vocals are a centerpiece, the synth adds elements of 80’s Top 40, and the songwriting often moves away from following the conventional structures. However, beyond those signatures, the styles shift and bend in ways that gives the album a new dynamic with each passing track. “Season’s Pass” leans on an indie pop explosion, as soon as you think you have “Wash Over Me” figured out with its lean into the guitar riff on the intro, it completely changes gears, “Dreams” brings a post-punk feel that leans into cleaner touches, “Window In The Shade” gives us a mid-1990’s alternative sound ala bands like The Cranberries, and “Moonlight” sits against a simple, clean and catchy guitar riff to capture your attention and pull you into the song. For any band these days, it’s incredibly hard to come up with something that sounds completely unique and still somehow finds a way to be attractive enough to convey who you are as a group. With Lonesome Valley, Mundy’s Bay has delivered on this difficult task. You can cherry pick the signatures that we outlined at the beginning of this write-up, but those only really scratch the surface of what this band is all about. At their core, Mundy’s Bay is a band that challenges themselves to be clever with their songwriting and uniquely familiar within their delivery of the songs.