Under the Radar Vol. 5

Check out music from Lower Dens, Dead Sea, and Milk & Bone

Welcome to Vol. 5 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, 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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Lower Dens – “Ondine “

Down tempo synths and melancholy guitars make up this gut-wrenching indie ballad

The Lower Dens are no strangers to slow-burning, down tempo tracks such as this. That being said, their latest LP Escape From Evil is comparativley more poppy than their sophomore album Nootropics. The Baltimore-based band, which is backed by former solo-artist Jana Hunter has received massive praise for their mature and distinguished sound from massive music publications. With hints of Beach House and The Walkmen,The Lower Dens have their own unique blend.

Milk & Bone – “Pressure”

With charming vocal harmonies layered overtop a myriad of electronic samples, this is surely a song you’ll want your headphones for.

Milk & Bone; the name says it all. On one hand you have a soft, silk ethereal voice, on the other a strong, — beautiful but confident voice that make up the two voices that sound like a hundred. The Montreal duo Camille Poliquin & Laurence Lafond-Beaulne have distinctly unique properties to their voices, which is probably why they made this years Polaris Long List for their LP Little Mourning. Check em’ out if you dig acts like Purity Ring or Chvrches.

Dead Sea – “Keep It High”

Fluttering guitars and pulsing drums balance out somber vocal, making this track a complex and emotional dance tune.

Self-described “Turbo Chill Wave”, this band from Paris brings together old elements to make a new sound. While their newer songs like “Keep It High” and “Rain” are a bit of a departure from their earlier dream-pop like sound they still keep the elements that inspired them; mixing krautrock, intelligent dance music (IDM) and shoegaze. If you’re a fan of Kraftwerk or Slowdive, you should give this band a listen.