Gathered Ghosts – Photo by Pernille Nygaard


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 OpenAir in Colorado and Washington State University’s KZUU.

Poet’s Row on OpenAir

Technically, I noticed them for the first time last week, but I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to mention them after they appeared for a second time (this time at a solid No. 12 position) on OpenAir’s playlist. Named after the neighborhood in Denver where the group met, the acoustic folk duo is getting some serious love back home in Denver after being nominated for Best Folk Band at the Westword Music Showcase. The self-titled record is heavy on harmonies between Mickey Bakas’s melancholy and Emily Hobbs’s sweet voices that sound almost spooky when paired with the fiddle and cozy comfortable when backed by guitar (and crickets!). So pull that blanket a little closer, curl up with a steaming mug of tea and pretend you are watching snow from a log cabin out West.
 


Gathered Ghosts on KZUU

Debuting this week at a solid No. 10 position at KZUU is the self-described “dream jangle” of Gathered Ghosts. The group originally started as a solo project for Craft Spells guitarist Javier Suarez, but this second full-length album finds him joined by Andreanna Wilson, James Kasinger and Kevin Rinker. The additional members bring heaps of dreaminess to the record as the synths, percussion and vocals no longer allow the guitar to dominate the lo-fi pop tunes. The jangle is still there, but the warm synths leave you floating as you dance through the heartfelt tunes.