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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

Rank Artist Record Label
1 Boy Harsher Careful Nude Party
2 Big Thief U.F.O.F. 4AD/Beggars Group
3 Field Medic Fade Into The Dawn Run For Cover
4 Grace Ives 2nd Dots Per Inch
5 Dehd Water Fire Talk
6 Kevin Morby Oh My God Dead Oceans
7 Truth Club Not An Exit Tiny Engines
8 Y god Y Y god Y High Dive
9 Pile Green And Gray Exploding In Sound
10 Bibio Ribbons Warp
11 Kevin Abstract Arizona Baby Question Everything/RCA
12 Barrie Happy To Be Here Winspear
13 PUP Morbid Stuff Little Dipper/Rise
14 MorMor Some Place Else [EP] Don’t Guess
15 Priests The Seduction Of Kansas Sister Polygon
16 Kedr Livanskiy Your Need 2MR
17 Aldous Harding Designer 4AD/Beggars
18 Frankie Valet Stop Apologizing It Takes Time
19 Fontaines D.C. Dogrel Partisan
20 Reptaliens Valis Captured Tracks
21 Body Type EP1 + EP2 Partisan
22 Fanclub All The Same [EP] Friendly Reminder
23 SOAK Grim Town Rough Trade/Beggars
24 Local Natives Violet Street Loma Vista/Concord
25 Drahla Useless Coordinates Captured Tracks
26 Foxygen Seeing Other People Jagjaguwar
27 Bigger Better Sun Comfort Foods Seal Mountain
28 Combo Chimbita Ahomale Anti-
29 Mess Learning How To Talk Self-Released
30 Broken Social Scene Let’s Try the After Arts & 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

Rank Artist Record Label
1 Jamila Woods LEGACY! LEGACY! Jagjaguwar
2 The Get Up Kids Problems Polyvinyl
3 Charly Bliss Young Enough Barsuk
4 Empath Active Listening: Night on Earth Get Better
5 Esperanza Spalding 12 Little Spells Concord
6 Pigments Pigments Self-Released
7 She Keeps Bees Kinship Ba Da Bing!
8 Jackie Cohen Zagg Spacebomb
9 Greys Age Hasn’t Spoiled You Carpark
10 Lydia Ainsworth Phantom Forest Self-Released