The latest record from veteran VT musician Bow Thayer is a smooth batch of alt-folk numbers blending a variety of styles. Straight-ahead funky drumbeats lay a foundation for all flavors of twang, with a few oddball electronic flourishes thrown in for good measure. Thayer’s lyrics reflect the confusion, pain and isolation of the last few […]

BTV singer-songwriter Lily Seabird’s debut single is an inspired slice of twangy alt-rock in uncommon time, with screaming guitar leads and charming vocals delivering lyrics about feeling small and helpless.  FCC: Clean  RIYL: Big Thief, The Breeders, Courtney Barnett, Dinosaur Jr.

Harrison Hsiang, the singer-songwriter behind BTV indie project Couchsleepers, can’t figure out if his latest single “is a love song or something opposite.” This duality is reflected in the song’s haunting, dynamic instrumentation, which largely centers around folky picking and slide guitar, occasionally punctuated by massive stabs of drums and keyboard.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Pinegrove, […]

Works from the 18th century on, by women composers with families and societal constraints.

The Jerusalem Quartet performs these lovely, modern string quartets with Hungarian elements. Play!

Works spanning 50 yrs, originating with tape and acoustic instruments– sci fi sound

Kai Strobel performs this excellent collection of percussion works (vibraphone, marimba etc.) mostly contemporary. Play!

Modern works for guitar by Joplin, Nazareth, Gershwin and others. Varied, jazzy and classical. Play!

Transcriptions for guitar of beautiful, minimal works. Play!

Modern works for winds/brass and/or orchestra–varied, one baroque style.

Works by younger composers, varied and abstract for winds, strings and/or guitar. Play!

A collection from various composers of classical/jazz or solely jazz electronics, varied rhythmically

Neo-classical mix of styles, voice and instruments, viola, symphony orchestra.

Mixing jazz, avant/classical, contemporary works inspired by the swamps in Florida. Nice!

Contemporary tangos with electric guitar, ukele and bandondeon.

A mix of originals and transcriptions of pieces, abstract or jazzy, the preludes are lovely.

Shortish orchestral works, abstract and varied.

Pure improvisations or some compositions inspired by art, blues and Japanese music. Play!

Lovely, flute-based pieces inspired by his NJ childhood home. Play!

Society of Electro-acoustic music composers–a variety of sounds, from bird like to weird electronics.

All compositions written for the Prism Quartet, young composers, varied.

Two American composers, Goldmark & Reinagle, from Classical to Romantic.

I began listening to this album as the snow came back for a visit this April and as much as I was angry at yet another false spring, these tracks fit the mood perfectly. Quiet Canyons’ debut album envelops the listener with the softest of vocals and sweetest guitar on a collection of dreamy, foggy […]

Burlington blues artist Giovanina Bucci’s latest single, from her upcoming album “Storytellers,” is a romantic number featuring a rustic instrumental – upright bass, dusty drums and excellent piano – over which Bucci’s sharp guitar leads and vocals nestle nicely. This is a subtly masterful performance, played with passion but not overblown. FCC: Clean RIYL: Susan […]

Enigmatic one-man VT indie project Black Fly’s debut album alternates between dark yet danceable synthpop and slower, more piano-and-string driven numbers. The brilliantly produced sonic landscapes evoke a subtly sinister mood, and the artist’s talent for hooks is undeniable. Track Picks: 2, 5, 6, 8 FCC: 3, 7 RIYL: Bleachers, Reptaliens, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Madaila