Feral Future

Feral Future (photo via Facebook)

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 KUNV in Las Vegas, Bagel Radio in San Francisco, and WPNR in Utica, NY.

Ponds And Fleshman at KUNV

Chicago based Ponds and Fleshman’s EP Better Days go-go’d its way into the top adds over at KUNV this week. By combining ’80s power-pop beats with New-Wave swagger, the group has provided us with the perfect soundtrack to a demented high school beach party. The cult-leader calls and robotic chorus of Here Comes The Summer are just disturbing enough to get you to step onto the sand, and once you hear the horns and surf-rock fills of Monkfish you’ll be dancing the Watusi more than you ever hoped possible. It’s just a good ol’ fashion pseudo-American time.

Feral Future at Bagel Radio

Fanged femme fatales Feral Future landed the No. 23 spot at Bagel Radio this week with the blood soaked single No Means Nothing. It’s a gritty track that moves from clean yet aggressive verses into a sludge-punk chorus, all while our narrator instills fear with her bared fangs and wolf pack. The full-length album, Haematic, is out today.

Mathew and the Atlas at WPNR

It’s not the week’s biggest “discovery,” but Communion artist Matthew And The Atlas hit the open waters with the release of ambient single Pale Sun Rose, which landed on the top adds at WPNR. The track builds on its folk-pluck foundation with a metronomic drum beat, echo chamber guitars and layers of lush synthesizers, while the accompanying video shows us what can happen when you are forced to confront yourself. The forthcoming LP Other Rivers is due out in April.