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”.
“The good news is that Mully & Sculder’s Aaron Trory and Sarah Wheeler don’t exactly mope around on this smartly retro single,” Usinger wrote, “which will leave you hoping that an EP or, better yet, a full-length, is coming in the near future.”
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.
There is no album on the immediate horizon, but that doesn’t mean the world won’t be hearing more from Mully & Sculder in the very near future. The duo’s plan is to release individual tracks as they are created. As Wheeler explains, she and Trory are simply too stoked about what they’re doing to wait: “It’s just been going along and we’ve been excited about it, so we’re like, ‘Should we wait until we have a full album before we put this stuff out?’ But we’re excited about it, so we’re just going to put it out now.”
Let’s face it: Mulder and Scully will never actually start a synth-pop band. But Mully & Sculder did, and if the truth is out there, musically speaking, they’re going to find it.