Welcome to Vol. 10 of “Under The Radar“. Every week we get together and discuss what’s exciting. We vote and share the best with you here. This week we have three tracks to share from a great mix of bands, with some great local talent. If you like what you hear, check out our Under the Radar channel on JAM by Indie88.
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Pure Bathing Culture – “Praying For Rain”
Pulsating synths and washed out guitars make up this 90’s inspired Yacht Rock.
Though Portland born Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille met back in 1999 as college freshmen, the duo didn’t fully connect until they were bandmates in the Brooklyn based band Vetiver back in 2009. Eventually, after moving in together, Versprille started writing parts for instrumental songs that Hindman was working on. This formed the basis for Pure Bathing Culture – eventually garnering them attention from producer Ryan Swift (The Shins). They’ve just released their second full length LP Pray For Rain; an album full of anthemic, dreamy yacht rock.
Language Arts – “Neighbour”
Airy vocal textures and grooving bass line make up this hypnotic indie dance tune.
Language Arts are paving a new way for Toronto artists. With bright and bubbly vocals complimented by an array of shimmering guitars and synths, Language Arts are making music that stands out from the landscape of mundane EDM. With influences from intellectually challenging artists such as Grizzly Bear, Aesop Rock and Beck, Language arts is a band that can go nowhere but up.
Mew – “Satellites”
Reverberating guitars and spirited vocals make up this anthemic progressive rock tune.
With over 22 years of making music, this Danish progressive rock band is a pivotal piece of the indie music scene in Denmark. Combining pop sensibilities with a vast array of musical influences, Mew have have gone beyond their home country to make an impact worldwide. With only six full-length albums, Mew have proved that it really is about quality, not quantity. Their latest LP +- is a complex but accessible pop album worthy of being added to your collection.
Pond – “Holding Out For You”
Lo fi drums, staggering synths and calming vocals make up this laid back psychedelic tune.
Coming from Perth, Australia, Pond has been at the forefront of the glam and psychedelic rock revival amongst their fellow Perthians Kevin Parker and Tame Impala. Pond and Tame Impala share members, which is partly the reason behind the ever-changing lineup in the band. After playing South By Southwest in 2012, following the breakout success of their fourth LP Beard, Wives, Denim, New Music Express (NME) awarded them the “Hottest Band of The Year” award. Since then it’s been all uphill, releasing two more LP’s and countless great songs.
Written by Dave Setton
Main Image: Pure Bathing Culture