Charts & Adds: Week of 5/7 – 5/14

One might assume that a radio station run by college folks might struggle a bit as finals ramp up, and while some mic breaks might sound a little more distraught or frantic than usual, we’re still keepin’ things fresh on air. Check out what made it onto the last charts & adds of the semester!

Top 5 Charts:

1.) Boy Harsher – Careful

Careful, The newest full length from Brooklyn DIY electronic duo Boy Harsher initially flew under our radar when it was released back in February, but we’ve since fallen in love with it. Few albums mange to achieve both the dark, haunting atmosphere Careful carries while maintaining the ability to dance all the way from the opening track to the closer.

2.) Big Thief – U.F.O.F.

U.F.O.F.’s simplicity shouldn’t be mistaken for lack of depth or inspiration, as the 3rd album from the folk quartet is some of the band’s strongest, and most chillingly beautiful work yet. Adrienne Lenker’s songwriting seems to never stay stagnant, as the characters that comprise U.F.O.F. are much more fleeting and ethereal than the ones we’ve encountered in previous albums. Big Thief certainly know how to pull a listener in and give them something impossible to expect.

3.) Field Medic – Fade Into The Dawn

[From previous week] 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.

4.) Grace Ives – 2nd

Grace Ives knows exactly what she wants to say in her music, and she wastes no time doing so. While these tracks are short, they explore and entertain such a wide range of feelings that each track seems to have a hidden weight that begs for another listen.

5.) Dehd – Water

Summer in Lawrence is right around the corner, and with the change in seasons comes a need for tunes to cool off and chill out. Dehd’s Water is a perfect soundtrack to beat the heat, but it also serves as an important emotional outlet for the band themselves. Over the catchy, sun-drenched instrumentation that chugs along through the record, vocalists Emily Kempf and Jason Balla pour their hearts out into every line.

Catch Dehd at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence on May 31!

Top 30 Charts

1Boy HarsherCarefulNude Party
2Big ThiefU.F.O.F.4AD/Beggars Group
3Field MedicFade Into The DawnRun For Cover
4Grace Ives2ndDots Per Inch
5Dehd Water Fire Talk
6Kevin MorbyOh My GodDead Oceans
7Truth ClubNot An ExitTiny Engines
8Y god Y Y god Y High Dive
9Pile Green And Gray
Exploding In Sound
11Kevin AbstractArizona BabyQuestion Everything/RCA
12BarrieHappy To Be HereWinspear
13PUPMorbid StuffLittle Dipper/Rise
14MorMorSome Place Else [EP]Don’t Guess
15PriestsThe Seduction Of KansasSister Polygon
16Kedr LivanskiyYour Need2MR
17Aldous HardingDesigner4AD/Beggars
18Frankie Valet Stop Apologizing It Takes Time
19Fontaines D.C.DogrelPartisan
20ReptaliensValisCaptured Tracks
21Body TypeEP1 + EP2Partisan
22FanclubAll The Same [EP]Friendly Reminder
23SOAKGrim TownRough Trade/Beggars
24Local NativesViolet StreetLoma Vista/Concord
25DrahlaUseless CoordinatesCaptured Tracks
26FoxygenSeeing Other PeopleJagjaguwar
27Bigger Better SunComfort FoodsSeal Mountain
28Combo Chimbita Ahomale Anti-
29MessLearning How To TalkSelf-Released
30Broken Social SceneLet’s Try the AfterArts & Crafts

Top 3 Adds

1.)  Jamila Woods – LEGACY! LEGACY!

Recommended if you like: Ravyn Lenae, Nick Hakim, Kadhja Bonet

2.) The Get Up Kids – Problems

Recommended if you like: Superchunk, Cloud Nothings, Great Grandpa

3.) Charly Bliss – Young Enough

Recommended if you like: Ian Sweet, Diet Cig, Now Now

Top 10 Adds

1Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!Jagjaguwar
2The Get Up KidsProblemsPolyvinyl
3Charly BlissYoung EnoughBarsuk
4EmpathActive Listening: Night on EarthGet Better
5Esperanza Spalding12 Little SpellsConcord
7She Keeps Bees Kinship Ba Da Bing!
8Jackie CohenZaggSpacebomb
9Greys Age Hasn’t Spoiled You Carpark
10 Lydia Ainsworth Phantom Forest Self-Released