Under the Radar Vol. 6

Check out new music from Vallis Alps, Chet Faker, Cloud Nothings, Wavves, NZCA Lines and Fake Shark

Welcome to Vol. 6 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 five 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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Vallis Alps – “Young”

This downtempo mix of detuned synths and fragile vocals is the perfect music to chill out to.

Vallis Alps, the Australian duo perfectly named their band after the Vallis Alpes, — a valley on the moon. It explains so much about the band’s sound; isolated, calm yet beautiful. Their self-titled EP came out 6 months ago, and has already scored this half-Seattle, half Canberra based band a spot on Of Monsters and Men’s August tour.

Chet Faker – “Bend”

Chet Faker takes on low-fi Motown in this killer electronic track.

Nicholas Murphy, better known as his pseudonym, Chet Faker is tired of being labelled as a bearded, chilled crooner that’s why he took his latest LP to a brand new place (the beard thing hasn’t changed though). On his newest album that he’s currently working on, he’s moving away from the “chill” sound that he so often gets labelled as, — and moving towards “high energy” and “performance-based” sound. Take a listen, no doubt you’ll enjoy it.

NZCA LINES – “New Atmosphere”

Vintage synths, charming falsettos and 80’s drum samples transport us forward in time in this futuristic electronic track.

The idea for “New Atmosphere” came to Michael Lovett, who goes by the pseudonym NZCA LINES, imagining watching the sun rise over a newly terraformed planet light-years away. Lovett manages to bring an outer-worldly sound out of R&B-inspired vocals and analog synths. Drawing influence by pop icons such as Aaliyah, Ciara and Rihanna, for his vocals, Lovett hopes his self-titled EP can bring back high production pop like what Timbaland would produce. If you’re a fan of the Junior Boys, or Jessy Lanza (previously featured on Under the Radar), you should check out this high-brow pop artist.

Wavves x Cloud Nothings – “No Life for Me”

Raging guitars and spirited vocals make up this post-hardcore collaboration.

Combining the best of both worlds of Cloud’ Nothing’s Dylan Baldi with Wavves’ Nathan Williams has made for a startling rock anthem. This title track comes from their fuzzy, high-energy collaborative LP No Life for Me. Baldi brings the punch with guitar harmonies, which is equalized by Williams nasally delivery. If you’re a fan of DFA 1979, you need to hear this.

Fake Shark – “Cheap Thrills”

Need a pick-me-up? This funk-punk dance jam is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Fake Shark is a hard band to peg down. The Vancouver-based freak-pop trio have never really stuck to any one particular style, ranging from post-hardcore, to hip-hop to funk-punk. For their upcoming album Faux Real, frontman Kevvy Mental spent a lot of time writing at Kat Von D’s house, drawing inspiration from Gothic and religious literature, plus trying to hone in on a more specific sound. There’s a lot of familiar sounds, yet it’s nothing like anything you’ve ever heard before.
Written by Dave Setton.