Kalle Mattson

Kalle Mattson

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 WUML in Lowell, MA, and CFRU in Guelph, Ontario.

Manitou on WUML

Detroit based post-punkers Manitou earned a Top Adds title this week over at WUML with their new EP, Cutler. Both songs, which come in at over 17 minutes combined, feature no percussion but gain traction through the use of atmospheric guitars and compelling musical movements. The other great thing about this release is the subtlety and restrain that’s exhibited by the band. Rather than attempt to show off their obvious chops, these guys keep the music smart and create a minimalistic, ambient dream world soundtrack that warrants at least a second run through.

Kalle Mattson on CFRU

Clinching the No. 8 spot at CFRU this week is Ottowan singer/songwriter Kalle Mattson’s third studio album, Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold. As a songwriter, Mattson flexes his muscles through tracks like the tongue-in-cheek An American Dream and the uncertainty ridden A Love Song To The City. But he’s also got a phenomenal backing band that allow him the opportunities to both take on the world with a confident strut and be swallowed up by the darkness and fear of what may lie ahead.