Mully & Sculder

FRESH: ‘The Moon’ – Mully & Sculder

Mully & Sculder fly to “The Moon”

Mully & Sculder are a Canadian musical duo composed of singer/songwriter Sarah Wheeler & multi-instrumentalist Aaron Trory. Incorporating elements of synth-pop, post-punk, and new wave; the duo draw a lot of their inspiration from their hometown of Vancouver, where The X-Files was filmed. Downtown Vancouver’s gleaming skyscrapers are surrounded by unspoiled forests and majestic mountain peaks. That juxtaposition is a good metaphor for Mully & Sculder’s sound, which blends the synthetic sounds of keyboards and programmed beats with a very human heart and soul.​

Both prolific solo artists, Wheeler and Trory just released their third song together as Mully & Sculder. The first of these, “Like Animals”, is a throbbing slice of dark neo-new wave, buoyed by the duo’s heaven-sent vocal harmonies. The band show a suitably moody video for the song in the British Columbia Sugar Refinery—a century-old industrial building.​ Mully & Sculder followed that up with “Billboards”, an infectious synth-pop concoction brewed up with ACTORS mastermind Jason Corbett (Art d’Ecco, Mesa Luna, The Gathering) at his Jacknife Sound studio, coincidentally located mere blocks away from the Sugar Refinery.

Mike Usinger, the Music Editor of Vancouver news-and-entertainment weekly the Georgia Straight, wrote a rave review of the track, which he nominated as “Vancouver’s new official anthem”. Their third single release, “The Moon”, is a moody ballad with an air of melancholy. The song explores the feelings of alienation, isolation, and disconnection; within ourselves and with those around us; that can occur after going through a major life change while living in a technologically advanced society.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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