Photo via Anna And Elizabeth’s site


Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to our weekly charts. In the new Chart Discovery weekly column, we’ll 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 WXYC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and WNRN in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Anna And Elizabeth On WXYC

Charting a solid No. 4 is Sun To Sun, the debut album from Anna And Elizabeth. Recorded in Floyd, Virginia, located only a couple of hours from WXYC’s Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and home of the ever-growing Floydfest, the album establishes these two ladies as curators of the Southern musical tradition. Acoustic banjo and fiddle work together to create the music that, according to them, “is tricky to separate from the sounds of crickets in the mountains all summer, the laughter between tunes in our kitchen, the patience of small stitches, the sight of an old woman flatfooting with her walker.” Unlike a lot of their peers, Anna And Elizabeth sound natural and not contrived, as though Memaw and Papa taught them these instruments and songs while settin’ on a sun-dappled and crooked porch high in the Blue Ridge.
 


Alpine On WNRN

DJs at WNRN in Charlottesville, Virginia, must be daydreaming about trading in their February snow for summer as Aussie group Alpine landed at No. 26 on the station’s charts this week. The six-piece electro-pop group features dual female vocals over keys, synths and bright percussion. Already garnering serious critical acclaim in the southern hemisphere, Alpine is no stranger to touring the U.S. and after releasing a series of demos, partnered with Votiv to bring the A For Alpine full-length Stateside. The airy vocal harmonies blended with crisp and jaunty instrumentation produces a record of completely danceable pop perfect for daydreams of cruising the Australian coasts.