Welcome to Vol. 3 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 four tracks to share from a great mix of bands, including some local talent. If you like what you hear, check out our Under the Radar channel on JAM by Indie88.
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Neon Indian – “Annie”
Embrace summer with bouncing bass, radiating synths and the sound of rushing water in this 80s inspired track.
Inspired by acts like Ariel Pink and MGMT, Alan Palomo of Neon Indian has been making huge strides in the chillwave community in the past couple years. Palomo is known for weaving sound bites from every day live into a mix of dazing synths and warping melodies. Fans of MGMT, Passion Pit and The Flaming Lips: you’re going to want to stop and listen. This song radiates summer so much you can practically feel the heat coming from your headphones.
Wooden Sky – “When the Day Is Fresh and the Light Is New”
Fuzzy guitars, driving drums and a strong solemn voice. This track will get you out of bed on a rainy day and get you moving.
Toronto native Gavin Gardiner and company produce an organic, roots rock feel using natural sounding instruments and simple but well executed production. The band is frequented by Anissa Hart of The Rural Alberta Advantage and Mika Posen of Timber Timbre for live shows. With lyrics that have been Whiskey-soaked and fine aged, this is surely a band you’re going to want to pay attention to.
The Vaccines – “Handsome”
Want to get in some trouble? Put on this track and get up to some no good business.
London born The Vaccines are fast, poppy and full of punk. They’ve been compared to The Ramones and Jesus and Mary Chain for their post-punk revival sound; utilizing excited guitars, speeding drums and nervous-sounding vocals. After touring with bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire and Rolling Stones, there’s no question these guys know exactly what they’re doing.
Beach Season – “Midnights”
Just as the title suggests, this is the only song you’re going to want to hear when the clock strikes “Midnight”.
With a wandering guitar, and droning synths, Beach Season perfectly encapsulates those darker feelings of isolation and loneliness, but with a glimmer of hope from the moving vocals. One part chillwave, one part indie rock, Calgary-based Sam Avant calls his music “Booty Wave”. There’s a lot of complex intricacies on the production end that make Beach Season a band worth listening to over and over again.
Written by Dave Setton