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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

Rank Artist Record Label
1 Broken Social Scene Let’s Try The After Arts & Crafts
2 PUP Morbid Stuff Little Dipper/Rise
3 Bibio Ribbons Warp
4 Fontaines DC Dogrel Partisan
5 Field Medic Fade Into The Dawn Run For Cover
6 Kevin Morby Oh My God Dead Oceans
7 Local Natives Violet Street Loma Vista/Concord
8 Priests The Seduction Of Kansas Sister Polygon
9 Mess Learning How To Talk Self-Released
10 Frankie Valet Stop Apologizing It Takes Time
11 Fanclub All The Same [EP] Friendly Reminder
12 Grace Ives 2nd Dots Per Inch
13 Emily Reo Only You Can See It Carpark
14 Reptaliens Valis Captured Tracks
15 Soak Grim Town Rough Trade/Beggars
16 Frankie Cosmos Haunted Item [EP] Sub Pop
17 Kedr Livanskiy Your Need 2MR
18 Y god Y Y god Y High Dive
19 Aldous Harding Designer 4AD/Beggars
20 Wand Laughing Matter Drag City
21 Tacocat This Mess Is A Place Sub Pop
22 Mountain Goats, The In League With Dragons Merge
23 Kill Vargas Laugh It Off Self-Released
24 Gus Dapperton Where Polly People Go To Read Gus Dapperton/AWAL
25 Quiet Hours Quiet Hours [EP] Self-Released
26 Ellis The Fuzz [EP] Fat Possum
27 Damien Jurado In The Shape Of A Storm Mama Bird
28 Shana Cleveland Night of the Worm Moon Hardly Art
29 Truth Club Not An Exit Tiny Engines
30 Saltlick Until Next Time Community 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

Rank Artist Record Label
1 Big Thief U.F.O.F. 4AD/Beggars Group
2 Barrie Happy To Be Here Winspear
3 Foxygen Seeing Other People Jagjaguwar
4 Dehd Water Fire Talk
5 Pile Green And Gray Exploding In Sound
6 Drahla Useless Coordinates Captured Tracks
7 Combo Chimbita Ahomale Anti-
8 Versing 10000 Hardly Art
9 Mormor Some Place Else [EP] Don’t Guess
10 Alaskalaska The Dots Marathon Artists