Initially, Mundy’s Bay does not appear to be a typical signing for Pure Noise Records. Perhaps their shoegaze sound is a further indication (along with the experimental sound of fellow Canadians Selfish Things) the label cannot be pigeon-holed as strictly a pop punk label.
The Montreal quartet has put together an impressive debut full-length for the label entitled Lonesome Valley, due for release on March 13, 2020. The 11-track effort is reminiscent of forerunners The Anniversary, minus the synth, or of contemporaries Alvvays.
The dulcet tones of lead singer Esther Mulders draw the listener in on tracks such as “Visions of You.” “Dreams,” while not a cover of The Cranberries seminal 1993 hit, still stands out on Lonesome Valley as representative of the creative sound of Mundy’s Bay. “Goodbye” tells the story of feeling the presence of a loved one who has left earth, the palpable yearning for connection abundantly clear in Mulders’ voice as she sings “I feel your ghost in the morning, not knowing where to go”.
Mundy’s Bay should be proud of Lonesome Valley and Pure Noise should be glad this talented foursome is releasing music under their banner. Hot on the heels of the release of Lonesome Valley, Mundy’s Bay will embark on a North American tour in support of it March 14 – April 6 alongside Hunny and Bay Faction.