The first release from local roots revival quartet The Larkspurs features a mix of originals, covers and adapted standards played with freshness, vigor and passion. Track Picks: 1, 3, 6FCC: Clean RIYL: The Wild Reeds, Oh Hellos, The Head and the Heart

The new single from Burlington folk trio Honey & Soul is a particularly gorgeous acoustic piece, with soaring strings and gentle guitars topped with passionate three-part harmonies. FCC: Clean RIYL: Brandi Carlile, Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss, The Wild Reeds

The Burlington singer-songwriter’s latest EP compiles four singles released over the past year, each depicting different aspects of a strained relationship. The title track is an acoustic guitar number with strings, while others take a more heavily produced indie sound. Track Picks: 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, Clever Girls

With a heavy dose of country twang and sweet three-part harmonies, Bart Budwig captures the blues with this album containing acoustic, broken-hearted ballads and more rock-infused tunes. Enjoy electric guitar solos and some raspy vocals on this album. It’s a good rainy day listen. TRY: 1,3,4 FCC: Clean RIYL: An American Forrest, Jeffrey Martin, The […]

The first of four EPs announced for release in 2020 by Mark Daly’s one-man band Madaila, West takes a rootsier approach to the project’s sound without sacrificing any of their songcraft. A gorgeous collection of harmonic folky rock with a psychedelic twinge. Track Picks: 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lord Huron, Iron and Wine, […]

Cliff Beach creates new age Rhythm and Blues turned Funk with his signature keyboard sound in this new single from California Soul Music. The track features a shouted chorus, a sweet saxophone solo, and is punctuated throughout by horns. Enter Honey Larochelle’s raw vocals and you’ve got a summertime hit that would go well with […]

Izo Fitzroy’s single sounds reminiscent of Stevie Wonder and classic Motown at times, with a piano hook, a groovy, walking bassline, and, of course, a soulful horn section. Fitzroy combines old and new to create a danceable track complimented by her strikingly beautiful alto voice. If you like a key change into a bridge, this […]

Lovely marimba works, both slow and fast. Play!

Some of these are fairly tense and strident for piano nocturnes, all contemporary and interesting!

Modern flute works demonstrating the instrument’s power and ranges. Prokofiev’s piece well-known.

Combining Western and Asian instruments/styles, beautiful  chamber works.

Modern to contemporary works for oboe and piano, one by the oboist. nice!

Works by Saint-Saens, Ginastera, Debussy and others, transcribed for harp, mandolin and guitar, all modern. Play!

Electronic/mixed media works inspired for contemporary dance–with voice, drones, ambient soundscapes.

Ranging from loud, abrupt to lyrical, abstract works for saxophone and electronics. Play most!

Modern to contemporary, varying in rhythms, abstract. Play!

Works by two composers who are members of Wet Ink Ensemble, Alex Mincek and Sam Pluta, highly abstract with group collaboration/improvisation for flutes, sax, piano, percussion, electronics, voice and violin. Play!

Really interesting works for strings and percussion/bit klavier, a little microtonal. Sample!

Lovely, lyrical, abstract and contemporary works for string quartet and piano by Finnish composer. Play!

Australian string quartet with compositions by its members, classical/folk/blugrass. Excellent!

Combining Eastern and Western musical styles, gracious, modern works for cello/piano and one with percussion.

Excellent modern works for solo double bass, multiple basses, and/or orchestra.

Contemporary, abstract chamber works with staccato, silent spacings and lyricism. For strings, clarinet and percussion.

Contemporary works for flute and clarinet. Some voice. Nice!

Interesting Asian/Western works by living composers. Excellent!