Welcome to Vol. 11 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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Chairlift – “Ch-Ching”
Bouncy bass, sampled drums and bright, syncopated vocals makes up this hip-hop inspired indie-pop tune.
This Brooklyn-based duo have a wide array of musical influence, making it hard to categorize them under just one genre. Some describe Chairlift’s sound as electro-pop, but the band draws influence from hip-hop, blues, electronic, pop, R&B and alternative. Originally formed for the purpose of creating background music for haunted houses, this band has made some pretty massive leaps with their now three studio albums and two EPs under their belt. Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift have even collaborated with Beyonce and Das Racist. Their upcoming LP Moth is due out early next year. Take a listen to their recent single “Ch-Ching” above.
Martin Courtney – “Vestiges”
70s-style ooh’s and aah’s only make make this laid back Americana folk-rock song more intoxicating.
Since 2009, Martin Courtney belonged to indie-rock royalty group Real Estate. Branching out to work on his solo project, Courtney retains his signature untroubled, comforting voice. It’s ambient, blissful and perfect for a sunny afternoon. “Vestiges” comes from Courtney’s recently released LP Many Moons.
Beach House – “Sparks”
“Sparks” is a rich and layered track thick with fuzzed-out distorted guitar, looped electronic samples, and hushed dream-like vocals. The overall sonic effect is outstanding.
When French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore-native Alex Scally teamed, dreampop heaven was born. The duo released their self-titled debut to critical acclaim in 2006. They’ve thus far followed it up with five LPs, two of which were released in 2015.
Ringo DeathStarr – “Big Bopper”
Fuzzy, distorted, low-fi goodness with plenty of bass and screeching guitars.
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Straight out of Austin, TX, Ringo DeathStarr have been grinding it out in the music biz since 2007. Elliot Frazer started this group with Alex Gehring and Daniel Coborn based on their love for Fugazi, The Smiths, The Cure, and the like. This year they their released their fourth LP called Pure Mood after raising the necessary funds from their loyal legion of fans. If you’re into sludgey garage rock, you’ve found your new musical muse.
Majical Cloudz – “Game Show”
Soft layered synths that are just as beautiful as the vocals that they are paired with.
Majical Cloudz started out as an open collaborative project with just singer Devon Welsh and Matthew E. Duffy making music together back in 2010. After releasing a few EPs and their debut record II, Duffy left the project and then Devon Welsh teamed up with Matthew Otto. Their first album together, Impersonator, was long-listed for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize and they’ve continued to build off that success ever since.