Welcome to Vol. 12 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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San Fermin – “No Devil”
Wrap yourself in this impressive baroque inspired pop mixture of horns, booming drums and somber vocals.
This Brooklyn-based band has been compared to The National because of co-lead singer Allen Tate’s deep baritone and somber delivery. San Fermin’s complex musical stylings require a mini-orchestra of well trained musicians, lead by primary songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. While in school at Yale for composition, Ludwig-Leone worked alongside the likes of Sujfan Stevens and Grizzly Bear honing his craft. San Fermin is a band to look out for this year.
Deerhunter – “SNAKESKIN”
This eclectic rock track’s roots are grounded in 70s funk.
Since 2001, this garage-indie rock band has been pumping out records off the beaten track. Though it wasn’t until three records and nine years later that the band was met with critical acclaim for their fifth record Halcyon Digest. A myriad of band member and lineup changes has been the least of their worries over the years. The death of a former member and frontman Bradford Cox surviving a serious car accident late 2014 lead the band to release 2015’s Fading Frontier. These guys have fought through rough times to produce peppy, neo-psychedelia dream rock, so lend them your ears.
Panda Bear – “Boys Latin”
These trippy, pulsating rhythms looping in synchronicity will put you in a trance.
Noah Benjamin Lennox, or his moniker Panda Bear, might not be a household name, but his Grammy-nominated project Animal Collective might be. Having released five solo records under his moniker since 1999, Panda Bear’s trippy kaleidoscope electronic music is inspired in part by modern artists like Aphex Twins with equal parts 70s dub artists like Augustus Pablo. This track comes from his latest work LP Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper.
El Vy – “It’s a Game”
Matt Berninger’s melancholic crooning blends into the brushes of soft textures in this indie pop ballad.
EL VY might be one of the most well-known independent bands in the past year. One part The National (Matt Berninger) and and one part Menomena (Brent Knopf), this established duo created a this side project at the height of their respective careers. After nearly a decade of back and forth email exchanges from the long time friends, Knopf and Berninger finally took the time to produce a debut record Return To The Moon. With the energy of a young project, they still manage to retain the confidence of well established musicians.
Me And My Drummer – “Blue Splinter View”
Slow country strings and strong vocal swells make up this indie rock slow burner.
Me and My Drummer came out of the woodwork after four years of flying low on the release of their debut album The Hawk, The Beak, The Prey. This German band keeps a low profile, but the growing hype since they dropped “Blue Splinter View” has been steadily growing. Expect to hear more of their country-inspired dream pop on their second LP Love Is a Fridge upon its February 2016 release.