Legato Vipers – Photo by Austin Gibson

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 CFRU in Guelph, Ontario, and CHMR in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Legato Vipers on CFRU

Holding a solid position at No. 2 on CFRU’s playlist this week are Legato Vipers. The group’s sound is a throwback to ’60s instrumental surf rock that is full of reverb and a gritty edge that adds a modern lean and keeps the sound fresh. Maybe surf punk would be a better descriptor. The eight-song Quick Slug EP is the first from the group. Available only digitally, the EP can be purchased with a switchblade comb or a leather-wrapped flask, seemingly perfect accompaniments for the genre and the tongue-in-cheek playfulness in the group’s sound.

Heidi Happy on CHMR

Heidi Happy, a Swiss artist who is seeing some serious love on the charts back in her home country, is creeping her way across the pond with her latest album. She was played on two other stations this week, but we first noticed her when she snagged the No. 30 spot on CHMR’s Top 30 playlist. The 26-year-old’s soft folksy vocals are joined by a slew of instruments including the glockenspiel, organ, strings, and, of course, guitar. She provides her own backing vocals, which weave together seamlessly amidst playful hints of electro-pop. Each track is a little different from the last and makes full use of the wide variety of instrumentation Heidi and her collaborators brought together with an overarching feeling of, well, happiness.