From promoter: “Hush Hush Records is honored to help present the new album ‘Chapel’ by Berlin-based harpist, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Andy Aquarius. A timeless record that captures a primordial beauty, ‘Chapel’ places Andy’s exquisite homespun harp arrangements alongside honest vocal melodies for a transcendental journey through the outer realms of ambient, classical, new age, and […]

From promoter: “An incredible combination of psychedelic dark wave and postmodern pop from psych veteran Jsun Atoms. Produced by The Dandy Warhols’ guitar pedal maestro Peter Holmström and mixed by London’s legendary Stephen Street (The Smiths). Start w/ 1,4  – FCC Warning: #8  – RIYL: Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo, MIEN, Thee […]

Fun reggae single! RIYL Damien Marley, J Boog, Hirie, Koffee, Protoje, and Chronixx FCC: Clean

Really nice beat-heavy R&B joints. Kinda gives me Lauryn Hill/Lady Wray vibes. Dig it for sure! RIYL: Lauryn Hill, Lady Wray Play: #3, #7, #11 FCC: Clean

From promoter: “Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have paired up for a collaborative project that does just that. A Beginner’s Mind is their debut album that contains 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films. The source material is highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between. What began as a superficial conceit became a more serious investigation […]

From promoter: “On Spectrums, Odonis Odonis showcase the extreme ends of their musical margins. Embracing a love of ‘80s goth and darkwave melodicism while maintaining an industrial strength intensity, the dualities of their sound are revealed in a striking new light. With four albums under their belts, the Toronto-based duo of Dean Tzenos and Denholm Whale […]

Rootsy, soulful UVM group Rose McCann Band (fka Nullhegan) continue to expand their sound on this three-track EP. There’s more of the horn-heavy dance music you’d expect on the excellent opener “Please Yourself,” while the other tracks dip into reverb-drenched guitar balladry and twangy folk-pop. Ben Collins’ guitar licks and Emma Downie’s powerful vocals are […]

The debut full-length from New England trio Signal Pine (featuring recent UVM grads) is a bright, shiny collection of indie-folk-rock with pristine singing and playing. Their complex vocal harmony arrangements are a particularly outstanding element of their guitar-and-piano driven pop tunes. Track Picks: 1, 3, 7  FCC: 5 (email for clean version) RIYL:  Couchsleepers, […]

Dreamy strings, sounds similar to Weyes Blood. A blend of indie, folk, rock & country. Favorites are 3,5,9, all are clean. Play!

British rap, strong beats with sweet movement. Lyrically revolving around topics of introspection. Recommend track 15, featuring Obongjayar, 15, 17 clean. Play!

Eerie & evocative, beautifully composed with heavily emotional lyrics. The soundscapes are cavernous, layered with synths and grievously grey chords. Blakes voice holds the kind of resilience that comes from deep pain. Play tracks, 1,2,4,9,12.

Murmured, experimental spoken word. Lots of gritty distortion, lots of squealing brake disc noises. One track sounds like a theremin involved in a road traffic accident. One track is covered in bees. Challenging and mildly disturbing, in a way that’s hard to pin down. FCC: Clean GMR Artist: No Play: 2, 4, 7 RIYL: Aaron […]

Well, well, well. If it isn’t the erstwhile hero of early 2010s chap hop, Professor Elemental. He’s back, and this new album catapults us right back to the world of time-traveling, trouser-exploding, tea-drinking, knee-worshipping whimsy. In the vein of earlier albums like “The Indifference Engine”, “Father of Invention”, and “School of Whimsy”, this one tells […]

For clarinet/strings/piano, lyrical, contemporary works. Play!

Somewhat intense, modern works for strings.

20th century bassoon pieces, varied, with symphony. Play!

Classical era, lyrical, lively works, some Romanticism.

On her debut album, Lily Seabird reveals herself as one of Burlington’s best current singer-songwriters. Her detailed and emotionally grabbing lyrics and distinct twangy voice stand out over a backdrop of creative, fuzzy alt-rock sounds. Track Picks: 1, 3, 4 FCC: 6 RIYL: Breeders, Wilco, Big Thief, Courtney Barnett, Dinosaur Jr.

Britain’s first millionaire composer of very popular “light” classical works, disparaged by the critics–solo piano, highly lyrical, gentle mostly.

Abstract, contemporary/modern works by James Ricci and Arnold Schoenberg for solo piano, some jazz elements.

Really interesting contemporary chamber pieces, unusual instrumental combinations for some. Play!

Abstract works, mostly slow, for solo sax or up to 4 saxes. Play!

Dale Kavanagh performs her solo, classical guitar works–gracious and modern. Play!

Soundscapes with electronics and “sensory perception” drums–ambient.

A mix of classical/jazz/folk, some with voice–for piano, drums, clarinet, voice. Quiet and slow, mostly. Exploratory music by Stronen, Tanaka & Lee, the performers.