Jacquemort

Jacquemort

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 round’s favorites come from KXSC in Los Angeles, WSUW in Whitewater, WI, and WXDU in Durham, NC.


Jacquemort at KXSC

Southern California got a taste of French-Canadian indie this week, as Jacquemort’s second LP La Montagne de Feu (that’s Fire Mountain to the anglophones) landed among KXSC’s top World Adds. It’s a diverse album that layers keyboard hooks, light dance grooves and guitar heroics in a way where no two songs end up following a similar formula. The album also premiered on Montreal station CISM this past autumn.
 


Van Pi at WSUW

 
Van Pi is a new project from the Amsterdam duo Peter Rutten and Ivo Schmetz. This week, they secured a spot at WSUW’s top RPM Adds with their Dreamroof EP; which included the single, featuring vocals by Dutch actress/singer Anna Speller and a handful of creative remixes. The EP is part of Basserk Records’ Domestic Bleeps series, which is geared toward providing relaxed, electronic music for home listening. Dreamroom fits this mold perfectly with a super-chill pulse that allows Speller’s impressive pop vocal range to carry you into her fantasy world.
 


Die Schacht at WXDU

 
Berlin punk outfit Die Schact screeched their way into the No. 1 Loud Rock spot at WXDU this week with their Halber Selbstbetrug 7-inch (Siltbreeze). The A-side, Finsternis builds on its hollow drum beat and unassuming bass line with banshee-wail guitar chords just long enough to hit the two-minute mark.