Release date: September 25, 2020Label: Reprise Records If you like early 2010’s Deftones, you’re going to like Ohms. Genesis starts off full of hazy crushing glory. The chorus for Ceremony will stick with you for days. Urantia satisfies the way that only a Deftones song can – it begins with a jagged riff that’s reminiscent […]

From Promoter: “Grammy-nominated electronica act Cut Copy returns with their sixth studio album, Freeze, Melt, breaking from their traditionally dance-oriented music to provide a more thoughtful, ambient record. With tracks averaging over five minutes and creating a textural landscape of synths, drum machines, and (sometimes) founder DJ Dan Whitford’s melodic vocals, Freeze, Melt is certainly […]

From Promoter: “London based artist Elderbrook’s debut full-length, Why Do We Shake In The Cold? is a lyrical ode to his singer-songwriter roots set in a modern electronic sound. After dropping his first EP Simmer Down in 2015, his collaborations and remixes have since garnered acclaim with fans. Elderbrook (a.k.a. English musician and producer Alexander […]

From Promoter: “Self-described as an “upbeat existential millennial crisis”, A Day In A Yellow Beat is the newest album from indie-pop R&B project Yellow Days. The brainchild of Manchester-born George Van Den Broek, Van Den Broek’s latest album serves as a long-awaited followup to his first two albums, released in 2016 and 2017 respectively when […]

Contemporary works for saxophone and piano, meandering, floating or very fast. Play!

Really dope soul infused jazz from this titan of the tenor sax. Smoother than Melissa Aldana, kind of aligning with a grittier Walter Smith III. Pretty fun stuff here!

A powerful show of compositional abilities and musical poetry with the deep, research-oriented ethnomusicology that would make the most booky academic blush. Asher Gamedze recorded Dialectic Soul to be submitted in conjunction with his doctoral thesis in South African music, specifically jazz in the age of apartheid. The juxtaposition between the percussive freedom of African […]

Foreboding, dark music from Saint-Aime and a chamber jazz-like lineup. Obvious comparisons to Esperanza Spaulding could be made, but the bassist has so much more of her own sound and style. Classically informed, as well as the m-base movement of saxophonists. Incredible and requires a multitude of listens.

The Nassau-born trumpet player present incredible maturity and compositional prowess on his debut recording. Possessing a tone informed by Freddie Hubbard and Booker Little, he fires off gorgeous melodic statements along with alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins. Phenomenal record. PLAY.

Minimal, beautiful music that doesn’t adhere to a set genre. The viola work here is really great.

A mellow ambient record that has some freakier moments. Hauntingly beautiful and surprisingly heady work, though that is expected from Clandestine.

Arpeggiated, lightly synthesized ambient music that is reminiscent of Deer Hunter. Gorgeous vocals.

Funky, borderline lofi vibes that shade in tight beats with loose jazz harmonies. Definitely something to play.

The latest track from this Vermont blues artist is a dark, smoky murder ballad led by distorted keys and crunchy guitars, topped off with Sarah’s powerful and convincingly sinister vocals. Truly “music to bury a body by.” FCC: Clean RIYL: Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, Kat Wright, Beth Hart

Beautiful on the nose music about the Black experience in America. Contributions from Brian Blade are strong.

Comparisons to Bjork, another prominent Scandanavian artist, could be made when speaking of Eivor and her new album Segl. Eivor presents lilting, semi-electric beats with lilting voices and a myriad of textural playing.

Kupa presents an album with material very much in line with much of the newer indie wave today. Strong influences of Phoebe Bridgers can be heard in her arrangements, though her voice is unique though acknowledges a host of other from the early 2010’s emerging art folk genre.

Singer Gregory Porter releases another soulful and striking record of originals. His low, controlled voice and nuanced phrasing is truly something to behold.

The lead single from VT multi-instrumentalist and producer Willverine’s upcoming album Goodnow is a low-key indie pop number with vocals from Francesca Blanchard, wobbly synth bass and trumpet coming together for a chill vibe all around.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Men I Trust, Crumb, Jungle, Hippo Campus

Local singer-songwriter Erin Cassels-Brown’s debut album is simply one of the best collections of classic Americana-style tunes to come out of Vermont in recent years. Erin’s music has a timeless feel, clearly influenced by “classic records” of the past but not redundant, with its own identity. Highly recommended! Track Picks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 […]

The debut album from this Burlington-based trio is a loud, noisy collection of experimental rock, with thrashing punk guitars, pounding percussion, hoarse vocals and occasional diversions into industrial electronic dance.  Track Picks: 2, 6, 8, 9, 12 FCC: 11 RIYL: The Stooges, Death Grips, LCD Soundsystem, Girl Band

Temple of Void– The World That Was Release date: 2020Mar27 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 4/5 Temple of Void return with their first full album since 2017. A Beast Among Us roars along with foreboding drumbeats layered with muddy licks. Self-Schism drips with grungy bass. A Single Obolus serves as a brief respite from the darkness. Leave The Light […]

Vocalist Sharada Shashidhar brings this vague and spacey collection of songs courtesy of Leaving Records. Simple harmonic structures give way to advanced arrangements.

Deep, spacey music put out on cassette from the ever expansive Stones Throw records. Lush ensemble work is really something else.

Another single to come from Joel Ross’ forthcoming sophomore release, this written by Gabrielle Garo. It is a beautiful introspective piece that highlights cyclic chord motion and the pretty harp strums of Brandee Younger. Who Are You?, comes out in late October.