My House is The Sky, the latest album from local Austin band Mundi, might make listeners feel as if they are sailing over the landscapes of Ireland, the hills of England, or the dunes of the Middle East. In a real sense, this record feels more like an epic journey than an album. This is a band that, at the risk of sounding more like a film score than traditional albums, can truly take listeners away.
Mundi has mastered the art of pulling the audience into their songs, which feel more like journeys or exquisitely detailed descriptions of something beautiful. The completely instrumental score is part of what makes My House is The Sky so fantastic. The record’s opening track, “Demeter’s Danse,” is a dazzling example of their instrumental prowess, and even adds hints of an Irish influence throughout.
The album’s title track is next, and guitarist Darrel Mayer’s delicate finger plucking through the song’s introduction and gracefully pulling the audience into a majestic-sounding tune that seems pulled straight from a movie. Beautifully composed, “My House is the Sky” is a one of the record’s strongest songs.
“Grasslands,” Sky’s next cut, opens with birds chirping and a soft acoustic guitar gliding along with a light cello. Bringing emotion to the forefront once again, Mundi performs this piece beautifully.
On their final composition, “To Morocco With The Stars,” we finally hear a deviation in sound. The song is clearly influenced by Middle Eastern music right from the start. Taken together, the album feels like a breathless sweep across cultures.
It’s easy to see the depth of Mundi’s songs, even though their offerings are not even close to your typical Austin fare. The group is sure to win over anyone looking for music that’s both descriptive and magical, with a strong anchor to history.
Here is a selection from My House is The Sky, called “Sandansko Horo.”
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