If there’s one thing that gets most of us through the day, it’s discovering new artists. Whether we’re scrolling through SoundCloud looking for mood tunes to help alleviate a case of the Mondays, or listening to a mixtape someone has sent our way, not a day goes by without some kind of music playing in our offices.
Since our inboxes tend to get inundated with projects from artists interested in coverage, we’re spotlighting some of the quietly wondrous musicians that find their way to us each week. These artists may not have conquered the Billboard 100 (yet) but they’ve all got something unique to offer, and they’re all worth getting to know.
Scroll through to see our 10 under the radar artists to discover this week, and stay tuned for a fresh selection next week.
What They’ve Been Working On: This bombastic new single “Your Blood Only,” an arresting follow-up to debut EP Real Stuffed Owls.
Sounds Like: Joining a biker-gang in the post-apocalypse and running through city ruins, banging on every piece of debris you can find with a metal pipe.
Celer & Forest Management
Where: Tokyo / Chicago
What They’ve Been Working On: The collaborative album Landmarks, a sonic reimagining of the novel and film The Mosquito Coast.
Sounds Like: Floating weightless through space, humbled by the crushing expanse of the infinite unknown.
What They’ve Been Working On: Their debut EP Vacancy, due out sometime this spring.
Sounds Like: Hanging out on one of those beaches where the sand is impossibly white and the ocean is impossibly clear-blue.
Where: Los Angeles
What They’ve Been Working On: After a hiatus, LIZ has roared back with this double A-side of singles.
Sounds Like: Riding a flying glitter-unicorn through the club a la the magic carousel ponies in Mary Poppins.
What They’ve Been Working On: The transparently-titled EP I Was Depressed and Anxious for Most of My 20s Until I Came Off My Tablets.
Sounds Like: Giving up on finding a cab and walking home through the rain, feeling forlorn for yourself.
What They’ve Been Working On: Gearing up for the release of their debut EP, Found You in ‘06, which is out on March 2.
Sounds Like: The entire world moving in slow motion, as if we’ve all been suddenly dipped in tar.
Where: San Francisco
What They’ve Been Working On: Their debut album Analogue, expected to arrive this spring. “Little Lies” is the project’s lead single.
Sounds Like: Walking home from a date and still tasting that magic of that first kiss on your lips.
The Skull Eclipses
Where: Philadelphia / Austin
What They’ve Been Working On: The union of Philly MC Lushlife and Austin producer Botany, The Skull Eclipses are gearing up for their self-titled debut out in March.
Sounds Like: Playing percussion in the house band of Bowser’s Castle.
Sugar Tongue Slim (STS)
What They’ve Been Working On: The friend of The Roots and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s protege is dropping an album, Better on a Sunday, this Friday.
Sounds Like: If protests against this presidential administration functioned like a Hollywood musical number.
What They’ve Been Working On: Prepping the impending release of his Fantasy EP, of which “Something Like This” is the first taste.
Sounds Like: Playing video games late into the night with your summer fling.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Under the Radar right here.