The Accidentals

The Accidentals

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This week’s favorites come from WNMC in Traverse City, MI and WDVC in Carlisle, PA.

The Accidentals on WNMC

Traverse, Michigan duo the Accidentals stole the No. 16 spot at WNMC this week with their crowd-funded album, Bittersweet. Still in high school, Katie Larson and Savannah Buist have crafted 13 songs that are just as the title suggests; musically light and fun, but deceptively dark at times, in terms of lyrics. The instrumentation is to be admired, as the duo seems to incorporate anything they can get their hands on (banjo, cello, fiddle, orchestra bells, uke, etc). Complete with delicate harmonies and catchy melodies, Bittersweet creates a great folk-pop landscape to get lost in.

Grumpus on WDCV

Grumpus is the moniker of Boston based singer-songwriter Graham Stevenson who landed the No. 30 spot this week at WDCV. The self-produced Man Child is a dark and poppy six-song outing that is the perfect soundtrack to a lonely and anxious night spent in your parent’s house. Stevenson’s guitar chops are commendable, and his delivery of lines such as, “I’ve got some dust bunnies in my room/They’ve all grown tired, hearing songs about you,” creates a very chilling kind of intimacy.