Under The Radar: Vol. 2

Check out new music from Midday Swim, Mikal Cronin, No Joy, Son Lux, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Welcome to Vol. 2 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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Son Lux – “Lost It To Trying”

With unique/experimental production, this driving electronic track is perfect for blasting while (safely) speeding down the highway.

Ryan Lot, who goes by the stage name of Son Lux started off in the industry by scoring films and commercials, which seems to have contributed to the massively diverse library of sounds he uses for his music. This post-rock musician is also a member of Sisyphus with Sufjan Stevens, whose influence is unmistakable in this track. If you’re a fan of St. Vincent, Sujfan Stevens, or Serengeti, this one’s for you.

Mikal Cronin – “Say”

There’s nothing quite like a driving cowbell and bouncing acoustic guitars to keep you nodding along on a sunny summer day.

The American multi-instrumentalist Mikal Cronin is no stranger to what makes a great alternative song. Dance-pop drums, horns, stadium guitars and driving vocals are the perfect formula to make undeniably catchy music. As an occasional bassist and backing vocalist for Ty Segall, you can hear a lot of the same clean alternative rock sounds that they draw influence from.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Multi-Love”

Don’t let the melodic intro fool you; once the drums hit, this low-fi dance track will make you get up and groove.

If you’re a fan of low-fi, psychedelic rock bands like Tame Impala, then stop what you are doing and check Unknown Mortal Orchestra out right now. A mix between New Zealand and American musicians, UMO takes the best sounds of 70s psychedelic rock and re-imagines it with a pop influence. Their lead writer Ruban Nielson hails from the Mint Chicks, who have been known for insane live shows: destroying amps, hanging from the ceiling and attacking the audience with chainsaws have been known to occur.

Midday Swim – “Summer Eyes”

Sounding like Broken Social Scene blended with hard hitting acoustic guitars, “Summer Eyes” is sure to be your next summer nostalgia song.

This Toronto-based indie band traveled outside of the city to cottage country for inspiration for their upcoming EP and it really shows. Taking hikes and visiting parks help shape this relaxing acoustic-heavy indie rock sound.

No Joy – “Hollywood Teeth”

With drown out vocals, fast moving drums and dreamy melodies, this track will instantly take you away to a happier place.

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After playing their first gig opening for Best Coast back in 2009, Bethany Cosentino tweeted “Two hot blonde girls just shredding away. Sooooo amazing”. This Montreal-based duo appropriately borrows similar west-coast vibes from Best Coast, mixed in with slightly more punk influence. Now releasing their sophomore album 5 years later the band has evolved from their early shoegaze 2-piece, to a full 4-piece band with a lot more experience on their side. Fans of Best Coast and Alvvays will undoubtedly enjoy.

Written by Dave Setton.