After less than a week in our rotation, Lawrence artist Tayrn Miller is back on the KJHK chart with her new Your Friend release, Gumption. After a two week stay at number one in 2013 with their Jekyll/Hyde EP, it’s no surprise that Your Friend is back at number one so quickly. Miller has been a staple in the local Lawrence scene for a few years now and is making waves. Gumption is a beautiful indie pop-rock album, thick with sweet layers of looped guitar and harmonies. The thematic content is just as admirable, Miller faces head on the concept that as we grow and realize who we are, we may not like what we see. As she says in the title track of Gumption, “no one really ages quite how they envisioned.” We’re excited here at KJHK to see this release on Domino doing so well, the hometown love is strong with our number one this week.
After a few weeks of returning artists in the top 5, we’ve got a newcomer: Spanish low-fi group Hinds. With their first full length release Leave Me Aloneon Mom and Pop, they’re already dancing around number one on the CMJ charts. This record isn’t devastating or impossible to leave behind but it has shining garage rock moments of energy. Following up Hinds at number three is Fuzz. Fuzz’s second release, II, sees them lay on the shag that they found in their debut self-titled, but with more moments of clarity. Worry not, this album is still tinged with garage rock doom.
Number four on our chart is Berwanger, with Demonios. This record slips through the genres of country, rock, punk, and folk, and is the second local release in our top 5 this week. Josh Berwanger has been a part of the KC and Lawrence music community for almost two decades as a musician, and of recent as co-founder of High Dive Records, a Kansas City based label that hosts a lovely range of local artists including Berwanger’s own releases. Wrapping up our top 5 is St. Germain, the mad, beautiful electronic brainchild of Ludovic Navarre. This release of the same name feels undefinable at times, incorporating styles and instruments from all over the world alongside Euro-house vibes, supported by killer percussion and jazz riffs.
New to the KJHK chart this week: Dr. Dog with The Psychedelic Swamp, DIIVwith Is The Is Are, Applesauce Tears with Alpha Drift, NZCA Lines with Infinite Summer, Atlantic Thrills with Vices, Daughter with Not To Disappear, Julia Brown with An Abundance of Strawberries, Wray with Hypatia, Devin Sinha with Our Past and Present Futures, and Pixel with Golden Years.