The CMJ Music Marathon lineup can be pretty overwhelming so here are just a few top picks you should check out each day.
Baltimore’s Wildhoney has been gaining some hype in recent months with their new dream pop EP Your Face Sideways, which will be released this Friday. And with the leaves finally falling, Wildhoney provides a pleasant autumnal sound that diverges from the bright pop of summer. Click here for their show schedule.
New Myths, an all girl rock band, pairs eerie vocals with gritty guitar riffs and deep drum beats with the occasional sax. Their diverse sound is haunting yet upbeat and definitely dance-able. Click here for their show schedule.
Cloud Castle Lake
The Dublin-based trio Cloud Castle Lake creates a spellbinding thrall using synths, rapid drumming, and amazingly high-pitched Radiohead worthy vocals. More than anything, it’s interesting to pick through the wide array of sounds they employ and break down the complex instrumentals. Click here for their show schedule.
Sky White Tiger
Before creating the name Sky White Tiger, Louis Schwadron recorded with some big name musicians such as Radiohead, David Bowie, and St. Vincent. Now he’s making a bigger name for himself with electronic/acoustic psych pop that has cinematic flare. Click here for his show schedule.
LA indie pop artist Lena Fayre’s tracks build themselves around her soft and delicate yet seductive voice that at times, is not far off from the vocal style of FKA Twigs. That being said, other songs such as “New Sensation” feature a completely different, more straightforward indie pop sound. Click here for her show schedule.
Here’s how West Palm Beach’s Hypoluxo categorizes themselves: “experimental bedroom pop death drone kanye west lo-fi shoegaze weird pop.” Everything but the death drone and Kanye references seem right…but hey, at least they have some humor. Click here for their show schedule.
London’s Cosmo Sheldrake is a composer and producer who has toured with Sylvan Esso and Bombay Bicycle Club. His cultured music, fully equipped with clapping and whistling, incorporates styles and sounds from around the world, making it unique and hard to categorize. For a list of his shows, click here.
After wrapping up their tour, the slop pop duo Diet Cig is back at it with five additional shows in Brooklyn this month. Pitchfork describes their sound as “monochromatic” yet “dense.” That being said, the band released their debut EP just last February and the potential for growth is promising. For a list of their shows, click here.
According to CMJ, Field Division, a folkwave duo from Iowa, travelled to Brooklyn in a van named Lewis and has posted Facebook requests for a floor to crash on. That info alone suggests Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton are pretty down to earth, a value that’s mirrored in their incredibly translucent, acoustically-apt music. For a list of their shows, click here.