The unusual studio album by Grand Rapids’ Free Hat tops the list of local and regional releases that earned the most radio airplay at WYCE-FM last month — a roster that features all-new names.
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Welcome to some fresh faces on the Local Spins Hot Top 5 Chart.
For the first time in several months, the latest roster of local and regional albums earning the most radio airplay at WYCE (88.1 FM) doesn’t include any artists who appeared the previous month, thus creating an all-new chart of popular releases.
Topping the July chart is a relatively new Grand Rapids band with a new, boundary-pushing album — Free Hat’s “Bovine Bounty,” which Local Spins reviewer Ricky Olmos described as “an interesting melding of genres and sonic elements” with
“weird” Eastern melodies, dynamic changes and a dizzying approach.
The band – Eric Deacon, Dave Doud, Ryan Eardley, Sean Mullen and Joleen Rumsey – recorded the album at Matt Ten Clay’s Amber Lit Audio in Grand Rapids, with Al McAvoy mastering the project.
Sliding in right behind Free Hat on the July chart is The Soods, “Extemporay,” a collaborative “basement rock” and “bedroom pop” project led by Jason Roy (formerly of Elroy Meltzer), and the dynamic pop and soul solo EP by Molly, aka Molly Bouwsma Schultz.
Listen to tracks from all of the albums below, along with a list of new local additions to the WYCE library.
NEW LOCAL MUSIC ADDITIONS TO WYCE-FM: JULY 2019
The Accidentals, “Live”
The Moxie Strings, “Breathe”
Full Cord Bluegrass, “Choreomania”
James Reeser & The Backseat Drivers, “Live Now, Pay Later”
Desmond Jones, “Hello, Helou”
Pink Sky, “Meditations”
The Go Rounds, “Whatever You May Be”
Mike Galbraith, “Here Elsewhere”
Beaver Xing, “Journey Thru Michigan”
LISTEN: THE LOCAL SPINS HOT TOP 5: JULY 2019
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