Magnolian

Magnolian

credit: Bilguun Narmandakh

Magnolian is the stage name for Dulguun Bayasgalan, an indie-folk singer-songwriter from Mongolia. In June of 2015, Magnolian performed at Playtime, Mongolia's biggest music festival and released his first single, “Someday”, in September. It became a local alternative hit, garnering praise for its raw indie-rock sound reminiscent of The Strokes.

In February of 2016, Magnolian started work on his first EP titled "Famous Men”, and released the first single, “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”, with many drawing comparisons to Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.

“Famous Men” was released on June 28th and received acclaim in Mongolia, earning Magnolian multiple television appearances and regular radio airplay. The EP also gained ground on the international music scene. Most notably, it was named best underground album of July on Nerdist's "Bandcamping" column.

In March of 2017, Magnolian made his North American debut at SXSW in Austin, Texas. He is also the most streamed Mongolian artist on Spotify with over 5 million hits.

In 2018, Magnolian wrote the music for and starred in the film, “They Sing Up on the Hill”, which premiered at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival.

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Subgenre: Indie Rock
From: Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA