Monthly Archives: February 2021

THE STONE SOULS – THE STONE SOULS (TJAMP)

Right off the bat, the Stone Souls will draw you in with gorgeous vocals set to a driving rock beat. They’ll keep you hooked with crunchy slide guitar and tambourine served with a hearty side of angst. And stay tuned until the end for a somber and beautiful final track. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, […]

Patricia Brennan – Maquishti [Valley of Search]

Gorgeous solo vibraphone with effects brought forth by Nabil Ayers and Alan Braufman’s new label Valley of Search. Indeed there is a searching element here and what that is so dreamy. Not a dull moment.

Micah Graves – Med Nama: Not for the Ordinary [Self-Released]

Philadelphia-based musician and Temple University senior released this album at the beginning of the year. Intense, highly melodic and beautifully lyrical tunes that have a “pop sensibility”. I believe that everyone can find something they enjoy from this record. Recommended.

R.A.P Ferreira – Bob’s Son [Ruby Yacht]

Incredible poetry-emphasized rap music that has such a unique flow to it. Lots of loops created from interviews of poets as well as Ferreira’s own, warbly piano. Highly recommended.

A2VT – I’m a Soul Survivor (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Winooski’s beloved AfroPop group’s latest track is a triumphant anthem of overcoming and resilience. The group’s typical shiny pop production, dancefloor-ready grooves and autotuned vocal harmonies are bolstered by a guest rap verse by R.O.D. and a fearsome guitar solo by Andre Maquera. FCC: Clean RIYL: Falle Nioke, Rema, Burna Boy, Wizkid

Next Nobodies – Half Life (College Street) [LOCAL]

The debut single from BTV indie combo Next Nobodies sounds like it belongs in a smoke-filled disco with the lights turned down low. The four-on-the-floor groove keeps you grounded as the chiming keys, echoey guitars and smooth vocals envelop you. FCC: Clean RIYL: Mark Ronson, Tame Impala, Breakbot

Princess Nostalgia – Ugly Lovely (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Recent UVM alum Princess Nostalgia’s new single is all about “loving yourself – even the nasty/stinky/freaky parts.” Sonically, the track continues in her unique style of retro R&B influenced electronic grooves with choppy guitars and heavily AutoTuned vocals. FCC: Clean RIYL: Charli XCX, Tokimonsta, Disclosure

Francesca Blanchard – New Year’s In Paris (Tone Tree Music) [LOCAL]

Beloved BTV indie-pop songwriter Francesca Blanchard’s latest single is a “letter to solitude and the city that helped (her) through it.” The song is a keyboard-led ballad which builds from a minimalist intro to the type of grand climax that many of Francesca’s best songs have. Lyrically, the song’s dream fantasy of being rescued from […]

Couchsleepers – Monsters (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Burlington-based indie project Couchsleepers take a folkier turn on their latest single, with a lush arrangement driven by a banjo riff and lyrics that address the challenges of maintaining a relationship while battling one’s personal demons. FCC: Clean RIYL: Adrianne Lenker, Fleet Foxes, Pinegrove

Willoughby J. Morse – Sistrs Only Lvr (SuperFunRecords) [LOCAL]

Burlington-based singer-songwriter Willoughby J. Morse’s latest single sounds like a modern indie-folk update of an early 60’s girl-group song, with echoey production and stomping beat surrounding soft-spoken lyrics about a covert queer liaison.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Couchsleepers

Sarah King – Not Worth the Whisky (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Booze, betrayal and murder are blues tropes for a reason, and VT singer-songwriter Sarah King’s latest single (from upcoming EP “The Hour”) combines the three with her usual lyrical skills and a sparse, echoey arrangement. FCC: Clean RIYL: Susan Tedeschi, Beth Hart, Warren Haynes

Clever Girls – Saturn (EggHunt) [LOCAL]

The latest single from BTV’s Clever Girls is a fuzzy, keyboard-led slice of pop-rock bliss, with abstract, romantic lyrics touching on technology and astrology.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Frankie Cosmos, Real Estate, Hop Along, girl in red

David Lang–Love Fail

Minimalist female choral works exploring love, sounding like contemporary Renaissance. Play!

Zack Stanton–Echoes of Veiled Light

Lovely, abstract works for a variety of instruments, including harp, clarinet, piano and/or percussion and more. Play!

Gerald Levinson–Now Your Colors Sing

Interesting works composed over 40 yrs, contemporary for large ensembles, smaller ensembles and solos. Play!

Cantilena

Lovely works for soprano, harp, some with cello both anonymous and known composers, classical era to modern. Play!

Along the Continuum

Mostly modern and contemporary works for trumpet with trombone and piano. Nice!

Liminal

Abstract, modern sax pieces, lyrical to blasting. Play most!

Roost.World – Cheapbabyy27 (Porch) [LOCAL]

The latest EP from BTV electronic rock combo Roost.World (fka Roost) continues in the 80s-esque dance-punk vein of their previous releases, with big club beats, piano, synth, guitar, and seemingly stream-of-consciousness lyrics that paint vivid pictures and scenes. Track Picks: 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, New Order, Guerilla Toss

OBERON ROSE – HOLOGRAPHIC BLUES [THOUART]

Dynamic and moving, the latest from Oberon Rose features jumping rock with fantastic riffs and vocal harmonies reminiscent of 60s rock. There’s a mood for everyone on this album, from the Roadhouse of Twin Peaks to a mosh pit, even some more Americana-esque heavy piano and acoustic guitar. Worth every moment- give it a play! […]

Enslaved – Utgard

Release date: October 2, 2020Label: Nuclear Blast Enslaved has released their fifteenth record, Utgard. Talk about prolific. Although is full of brutality and devilish screams, Enslaved delves into atmospheric and progressive passages and captivating clean vocal hooks, making Utgard accessible to a broader audience. Fires in the Dark sets the tone for the record and […]

Alone–Music for Unaccompanied Bassoon

Fun collection of solo bassoon works, mostly modern, varying in style and rhythm, one with electronics.

A Dramatic Journey–60 Years of Thea Musgrave’s Music for Oboe

Really interesting, abstract yet lyrical oboe pieces, some with accompaniment. Play!

Flute & Cello Rarities

A lovely collection of works from Baroque era to contemporary. Play!

Killer Instincts

Sarah Maria Sun & the Gurks perform these wide ranging songs–cabaret, rock, broadway–about bad people. Raucous!