Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to our weekly charts. In the Chart Discovery weekly 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 Pizza FM in Urbana, IL and New Concord, NH’s WMCO.


Grandkids on Pizza FM

Standing at a solid No. 2 position on newly formed Pizza FM’s Top 30 this week is the new full-length album from Grandkids. Bright imagery combined with a vast, expansive sonic landscape produces a charming confidence without being pretentious, underscoring the band’s self-described “humblecore” sound. The album is full of orchestrated strings lead by Vivian McConnell’s lush, floating vocals—she’s spent the past few years harmonizing with her brother Stan in the group Santah.

Met City on WMCO

Sliding in at No. 26 at WMCO is Stokholm Fancy, the first album from the group Met City. It’s a whimsical introspective journey much like that of the classical European wayfarer. The group’s indie pop sound is thoroughly modern while paying tribute to the once popular Baroque stylings of the mid-19th century. The romantic themes conjure up images of lace and silk against a more sophisticated Peter Pan freedom and Alice In Wonderland exploration.