Charts & Adds: Week of 4/30 – 5/7

Stop week is upon us here at KU. If you find yourself on campus at any hour of the day, you’ll either be met with students cramming weeks worth of work into one night, or relaxing & celebrating the early transition into summer. In either of those scenarios, a good soundtrack is essential, and we’ve got plenty of new albums in rotation fit to fill it out.

Top 5 Charts:

1.) Broken Social Scene –Let’s Try The After Vol. 1 & 2

[From previous week] “Bigger than the sum of it’s parts” is a phrase that fits Broken Social Scene in many ways. It rings true for their album releases spanning 15+ years, the many talented musicians that make up the band, and most of all the subtle melodies that come together in all of their songs that truly make them one of a kind. Let’s Try The After is a collection of 2 EPs released this year, and shows the band pushing themselves to both new heights and sounds.

2.) PUP – Morbid Stuff

[From a previous week] Stefan Babcock, vocalist for the Toronto punk outfit PUP, has a unique ability to carry songs gleefully through negative, nihilistic, and self-depreciating lyrics over booming and cathartic punk melodies. Describing Morbid Stuff as either fun or depressing wouldn’t do it justice, and right in the middle of that juxtaposition is exactly where the band thrives

3.) Bibio – Ribbons

[From previous week] Stephen Wilkinson, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist behind Bibio, is back with a follow up to the 2016 album, A Mineral Love. The album is a special combination of homages to 60’s and 70’s folk, psychedelia, and soul music from across the globe. It’d be unfair to simply categorize Ribbons in its entirety as just an homage, as Wilkinson’s organic touch brings all of these sounds together to create something truly unique, and truly beautiful.

4.) Fontaines D.C. –Dogrel

[From a previous week] Punk music in many forms is inherently tied to the place where the sounds are created. Whether those sounds are a product of disdain, disgust, or dissatisfaction, you can learn a lot about the surroundings and upbringing of a band based on what they have to say about the place they live. In the case of Fontaines D.C., this place is Dublin, Ireland. The themes on this album go far beyond just criticism of the town and country however, as frontman Grian Chatten goes on to express just how important the act of self-preservation is in today’s society.

5.) Field Medic – Fade Into The Dawn

The line “I’m tired of playing all my old hits, but my new songs are too depressing.” echoes on the first track of Field Medic’s newest album Fade Into The Dawn. These new songs that comprise this project indeed fall on the more somber side of Kevin Patrick Sullivan’s range, but come together to produce the artist’s most focused, serene, and captivating release to date.

Top 30 Charts

1Broken Social SceneLet’s Try The AfterArts & Crafts
2PUPMorbid StuffLittle Dipper/Rise
4Fontaines DCDogrelPartisan
5Field MedicFade Into The DawnRun For Cover
6Kevin MorbyOh My GodDead Oceans
7Local NativesViolet StreetLoma Vista/Concord
8PriestsThe Seduction Of KansasSister Polygon
9MessLearning How To TalkSelf-Released
10Frankie ValetStop ApologizingIt Takes Time
11FanclubAll The Same [EP]Friendly Reminder
12Grace Ives2ndDots Per Inch
13Emily ReoOnly You Can See ItCarpark
14ReptaliensValisCaptured Tracks
15SoakGrim TownRough Trade/Beggars
16Frankie CosmosHaunted Item [EP]Sub Pop
17Kedr LivanskiyYour Need2MR
18Y god YY god YHigh Dive
19Aldous HardingDesigner4AD/Beggars
20WandLaughing MatterDrag City
21TacocatThis Mess Is A PlaceSub Pop
22Mountain Goats, TheIn League With DragonsMerge
23Kill VargasLaugh It OffSelf-Released
24Gus DappertonWhere Polly People Go To ReadGus Dapperton/AWAL
25Quiet HoursQuiet Hours [EP]Self-Released
26EllisThe Fuzz [EP]Fat Possum
27Damien JuradoIn The Shape Of A StormMama Bird
28Shana Cleveland Night of the Worm MoonHardly Art
29Truth ClubNot An ExitTiny Engines
30SaltlickUntil Next TimeCommunity Radio Tapes

Top 3 Adds

1.)  Big Thief –U.F.O.F

Recommended if you like: Mount Eerie, Hand Habits, Waxahatchee

2.) Barrie – Happy to Be Here

Recommended if you like: Hatchie, Jay Som, Tops

3.) Foxygen – Seeing Other People

Recommended if you like: Ariel Pink, Chris Cohen, Deerhunter

Top 10 Adds

1Big ThiefU.F.O.F.4AD/Beggars Group
2BarrieHappy To Be HereWinspear
3FoxygenSeeing Other PeopleJagjaguwar
4DehdWaterFire Talk
5PileGreen And GrayExploding In Sound
6DrahlaUseless CoordinatesCaptured Tracks
7Combo ChimbitaAhomaleAnti-
8Versing10000Hardly Art
9MormorSome Place Else [EP]Don’t Guess
10AlaskalaskaThe DotsMarathon Artists