Monthly Archives: May 2020

The Larkspurs – Live at East Montpelier Meeting House [Self-released] (LOCAL)

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

Honey and Soul – Separate Her Heart [Tank Recording] (LOCAL)

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

Francesca Blanchard – Happy For You [Tone Tree Music] (LOCAL)

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 […]

Madaila – West [Future Fields] (LOCAL)

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 […]