Monthly Archives: January 2021

Icarus Rising–Instrumental Music of Allan Crossman

Contemporary works for strings, quartet or ensemble with piano–varying in style with a lot of interest. Play!

Alexander Scriabin–Early Works

Romantic, solo piano works, mostly very short and lovely. Play!

A Different Take

Works for flute & classical guitar, a wonderful mix of classical and pop/rock covers mixing jazz and world influences. Enjoy!


Pieces by women composers, mostly contemporar, almost avant, with one Romantic piece–all for saxophone with accompaniment of electronics, piano or another sax. Play!

Bluetongue–Australian Guitar Quartets

Wonderful, flowing, contemporary guitar quartets, many inspired by sea life and water. Play!

Carlos Pavan–New Music for Guitar, Duets and Ensemble

Guitar-based works with clarinet, chamber ensemble, flute and/or duo. Lovely, contemporary pieces, rhythmically interesting. Play!

A Survey of Czech Piano Cycles from Romanticism to Modernism (1877-1930)

Solo piano pieces from the greats of Czech classical: Janacek, Smetana, Dvorak, Suk, Martinu and Schulhoff. Play!

Nodrums – Don’t Wanna Shake Things Up (Self-released) [LOCAL]

According to Burlington singer-songwriter Brayden Baird, aka Nodrums, this EP is supposed to sound “like a bar band [playing] songs most bar bands would never play.” True to that description, the songs here are a collection of lo-fi, echoey indie and alt-country, with low vocals and lyrics ranging from the emotionally forthright to the absurd […]

Couchsleepers – All the Worst Things (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Burlington-based indie outfit Couchsleepers’ latest single launches off with a screaming slide-guitar riff and powerful drums (courtesy of Pinegrove’s Zack Levine) before settling into their typical keyboard-and-guitar-led sound and lovelorn lyrics. This track might be their very best thus far.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Pinegrove, Car Seat Headrest, Jesse Taylor Band

Clever Girls – Baby Blue (Egghunt Records) [LOCAL]

The new single from Clever Girls’ upcoming album is a straightforward love song lyrically, but sonically it’s a step in a new direction for the band, with its echoey washes of guitar and synth coupled with sampled layers of vocal harmonies, building to a massive and gorgeous climax. FCC: Clean RIYL: Soccer Mommy, Hop Along, […]

Nate Gusakov – Many Mountains (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Lincoln, VT banjoist and singer-songwriter Nate Gusakovs’ latest EP is an excellent collection of folk and blues. His deep voice (perfectly contrasted by Moira Smiley’s harmonies) is just the right vehicle for his lyrics, which sometimes stretch the boundaries of a typical meter in a way that only increases their emotional resonance.  Track Picks: 1, […]

Palouse Songbook

Works for flute & piano, gracious, varying stylistically. Play!

Andrew Rudin–Circadia

Chamber music for solo or duets, piano, flute, clarinet, strings–abstract, contemporary, ranging from staccato to flowing.

Piccolo Encounters

Modern works for piccolo and accompaniment, fun, rhythmically varying.

Three American Violin Sonatas

Works by Schoenfeld, Stuckey, Harbison and a short canon by Bernstein. Contemporary, and Harbison’s particularly lovely. Play!

Kete– Piano Music of Africa & the African Diaspora

William Chapman Nyaho performs short solo piano pieces, jazzy, folk, and rhythmically varying, some well-known.

Reunion–Clarinet & Piano

Works specifically for clarinet & piano, one transcription, from Classical era to contemporary.

Manuel Maria Ponce–Sonata Mexicana

Romantic guitar pieces with Mexican folk elements. Play!

Advenio: New Trios for Horn, Violin and Piano

Contemporary, vigorous works, varied, by Atwell, Auerbach and Sargon. Play most!

A Celebration: Chamber Music by Bernard Hoffer

Beautifully varied with horns, marimba and other instruments, nice rhythmic variation. Play!


Spontaneous improvisations by musicians who had not previously performed together before. Abstract, for sax, flute, piano and percussion. Play!

Craig Madden Morris–Chamber Music for Our Times

Contemporary pieces, yet with “Classical” era elements, lovely for strings and piano.


Chika & Scott Duo (sax & guitar) perform Classical and Romantic transcriptions–Schuber’t Serenade is lovely!

drift–Society of Composers, Inc. Vol. 34

This CD seeks to demonstrate the variety of contemporary music being composed today by the Society of Composers. A variety of instruments, trios, duos and ensembles, acoustic and/or electro-acoustic. Play most!

Day & Night: Modern Flute & Piano Duos by Women Composers

Title explains the CD: mostly gracious and lively works. Play!