Monthly Archives: March 2021

Chris Brown–Some Center

Poetry put to abstract music with 43 tone tuning…

John Luther Adams–lines made by walking

Two long string quartets inspired by walking the world–droning, ambient.

Fleet Foxes – Shore

Release date: March 19, 2021Label: Anti- Shores, Fleet Foxes fourth album, demonstrates the progression and maturity of a songwriter. After returning from a long hiatus with brooding and confrontational Crack-Up, Shores is a wall of sound full of grace. The album opens with several tracks that are likely to get stuck in your head. Sunblind is […]

Clever Girls – Constellations (EggHunt) [LOCAL]

The 2nd album from Winooski’s Clever Girls amps up their sound, featuring both catchy indie-pop numbers and massive, distorted grunge ballads. Many of the lyrics are inspired by frontperson Diane Jean’s journey to self-acceptance, self-understanding, and coming out as non-binary.  Track Picks: 3, 5, 8, 9 FCC: 7 RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Hop Along, girl in […]

Humanity is an Ocean

Flute Soundscapes is an apt titel for these ambient pieces, from Baroque to impressionistic. Play!

Fountain of Time

Very interesting, lyrical and flowing works for chamber, small orchestra. Play!

Gyda Valtysdottir–Epicyle II

Singer, cellist, composer, collaborator, these are ambient works, some voice and electronics.

Pall Ragnar Palsson–Atonement

Ambient, yet intense works, interesting with voice.

Andreas Hepp–Zeitreise

Percussionist/composer Hepp performs these abstract works.

Harold Shapero–Orchestral Works

Composed from 1940 to 1960, varied pieces, modern, one jazz.

Carl Vollrath–The Unfolding Flute

Contemporary works for flute & piano, lilting & abstract. Play!

L’Unique–Harpsichord Music of Francois Couperin

Baroque era works by French composer, lilting, dancing.

Ravel, Kodaly, Bartok, Xenakis, Vasks

Mostly modern pieces for cello and violin by eastern European composers, with folk elements. Ravel’s particularly lovely.


Modern/contemporary works for viola & piano by Chilean composers, varying rhythmically. Play!

Francois Couture–Quand Les Feuilles Tombent sur Le Piano

Very lyrical, impressionistic and minimalist piano pieces.


Highly varying works for piano and/or electronics, lyrical to very abstract.


Saxophonist Lynn Klock performs these mostly lyrical and contemporary pieces– piano and/or horn accompaniment. Play!

Jonathan Badger–Piano Quartets

For saxophone, piano and electronics–playful, interesting rhythms. Play!

Matthew Burtner–Six Ecoacoustic Quintets

Percussion/electronics/voice, pieces inspired by natural themes.

Madaila – Good Lord Nancy (Self-released) [LOCAL]

VT indie-pop wizard Mark Daly’s latest musical project may be his most ambitious yet – a concept album telling the story of a woman who leaves her life in New England to chase her dreams in Vegas. Sonically, the record is a blend of Madaila’s typical dance-pop style with both folky and orchestral elements, and […]


Biiiig slide guitar from Kerry Kearny on this classic blues album. Kearny enthralls with the sounds of the delta, plenty of storytelling lyrics, and a voice that sounds like a bucket full of rusty nails (as it should). There’s even a little bit of organ, as a treat. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, 5, 9 […]


A melancholy chant with gorgeous guitar instrumentation and somber vocals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: B.Alone, Flavia Coelho, Voilaa


Instrumental grooves of all kinds of Tommy Guerrero. These tracks create ambience that keeps you interested. Some songs are more dissonant than others, but you’ll just have to give it a listen yourself to find the ones you really vibe with. FCC: Clean TRY: 2, 6, 10 RIYL: El Michels Affair, Calibro 35, Menahan Street […]

Sarah King – The Hour (Self-released) [LOCAL]

VT-based singer-songwriter Sarah King’s brand of “dark Americana” is perfectly exemplified on this new EP, her first release as a solo artist. Twangy Western guitars and sparse, echoey arrangements perfectly complement King’s smoky voice as she delivers sinister lyrics that strike a perfectly macabre and emotional tone.  Track Picks: 2, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: […]

GROUPLOVE – This is This [Canvasback]

From promoter: “GROUPLOVE surprises the world with the secret release of their new album, This Is This. It is everything that fans of the band could hope for, incorporating all of GROUPLOVE’s best traits: relentless chaos, powerful rushes of instrumental, and an all-around cheery attitude that makes for an uplifting listen. The excitement is present […]