Monthly Archives: September 2021
The Smittens – Wanna Go Dancin’ [Fika Recordings] (LOCAL)
Burlington twee-pop veterans The Smittens return with a pandemic love anthem written to soundtrack Burlington City Arts’ Bubblegum Pop exhibition. This ebullient new single (with melancholy subtext) is accompanied by three rare B-sides pulled from across the Smittens’ nearly twenty years of recorded output. Track Picks: 1, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Magnetic Fields, The […]
Contemporary, abstract works for clarinet/saxophone duo. Play!
Barbara Harbach–Chamber Music VI
Contemporary chamber works (orchestra, strings, flute) most with soprano voice.
Trios from the City with Big Shoulders
Modern, varied works by Bacon and Sowerby.
Guthrie Galileo – Balladeer [Winedark Sound] (LOCAL)
Burlington-based singer-songwriter Guthrie Galileo’s latest EP is a collection of gorgeously arranged, produced and performed alt-pop and R&B. His vocals are packed with genuine emotion but not overwrought, often overlaid in gorgeous harmonies and perfectly matching the varied electronic and acoustic instrumental backing. Track Picks: 1, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Weeknd, Toro y Moi, […]
Francesca Blanchard – Loon Song [Tone Tree Music] (LOCAL)
Burlingtonian singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard’s latest single might be her best yet. Over a shimmering nu-disco groove, Francesca both sings (in English) and recites (in French) lyrics which evoke looking forward, taking chances, and the awe-inspiring power of nature. FCC: Clean RIYL: Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Christine and the Queens
Peg Tassey – Queen of Flowers [Flower Fields] (LOCAL)
Veteran VT musician Peg Tassey taps into the spirit of the late ‘60s psychedelic proto-punk explosion with her latest single “Queen of Flowers.” With crushing fuzzy guitar, thudding drums, and Tassey’s commanding vocals, the song sounds as powerful and awe-inspiring as the nature-goddess character the lyrics describe. FCC: Clean RIYL: The Murlocs, The Stooges, Blue […]
Lavenderlux – Nest Inertia [Orange Store] (LOCAL)
The first EP from indie duo Lavenderlux, a remotely-made collaboration between Butlington’s Amelia Wilcox and Washington state’s Joshua Human, has twangy tunes for both upbeat and somber moods. Lyrically, the record is themed around the idea of moving forward out of stagnant but comfortable places in life. Track Picks: 3, 4, 5 FCC: 2 RIYL: […]
Ivamae – Tender Meat [Cathy Says] (LOCAL)
Burlington singer-songwriter (and former WRUV DJ) Ivamae delivers an echoey blend of indie-rock and jazz-pop wrapped around the swinging drumbeats of local legend Urian Hackney. This unique sound provides the perfect backdrop for her soul-inflected vocals. Track Picks: 1, 3, 4 FCC: 8 RIYL: Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, St. Vincent, Weyes Blood
Lissa Schneckenburger – Bedlam Blues [Self-released] (LOCAL)
Brattleboro-based singer, songwriter and fiddle player Lissa Schneckenburger’s latest single is a much more tender and somber affair than its title might suggest. A simple but gorgeous duet between Schneckenburger’s voice and Jefferson Hamer’s fingerpicked acoustic guitar, the song’s lyrics are inspired by her experience as a foster parent, and use imagery of birds to […]
Aspetuck – The Bees Came Back (Self-released) [LOCAL]
Gruff Fulton of Stratton, VT produced his second album of electronic music under the name Aspetuck during the early stages of the pandemic. Layers of synth and echoey guitar wash over minimal beats for a chill experience. Play this while driving at night and your car might just start levitating. Track Picks: 1, 3, 5 […]
Princess Nostalgia – Moonlight Inquisition (Self-released) [LOCAL]
BTV singer-songwriter-producer Princess Nostalgia returns with a smooth, slow burning electronic R&B groover. Smoky vocals with abstract, vaguely astrological lyrics float atop a swung trip-hop beat full of synthesized choral voices. FCC: Clean RIYL: Everything But the Girl, St. Vincent, Maggie Rogers, Tricky
Dari Bay – DB 17-19 A Perfect Eruption (Self-released) [LOCAL]
Brattleboro-based one-man band Dari Bay’s latest release is a fuzzy collection of lo-fi post-punk with locked-in, angular guitar and bass lines at its core. Vocals are buried in the mix, and alternate between punky recitations and tuneful melodies depending on the track, creating a truly unique sound. Track Picks: 2, 3, 5 FCC: 4, 8, […]
Dan Strauss – A Fake James Bond [Self-released] (LOCAL)
Brooklyn’s Dan Strauss and Burlington’s Ted Looby team up for this twangy alt-rock number that could have come straight out of the mid-90’s, with its jangly guitar chords and clever lyrics about the male ego. FCC: Clean RIYL: Semisonic, Wilco, Dinosaur Jr., Gin Blossoms
The Ophelias – Crocus [Joyful Noise]
Kind in that new folk/indie revival scene with folks like boygenius. Cool that the album is named after one of my favorite flowers.
Enter Shikari – Moratorium [SO]
Cool sounding outsider stuff. I dig it quite a bit. Folky, rocky, avant garde, a little bit of almost everything.
Grady Strange – Getting Stranger [Uncle Jazzy’s Favorite]
From promoter: “A masterclass in high intensity strangeness recorded on a legendary 4-track tape machine once belonging to CBGB’s Hilly Kristal. RIYL: The Strokes & Twin Peaks.”
LOW – Hey What [Sub Pop]
From promoter: “Focusing on their craft, staying out of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the duality of existence into hymns we can share, Low present HEY WHAT. These ten pieces—each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook—are turbocharged by […]
The Young Love Scene – Holy Punch [Bad Dummy] (LOCAL)
Gordon Goldsmith, the singer-songwriter behind Burlington’s The Young Love Scene, takes his cues from the best indie and alt rock of the mid-90s on the project’s debut album, which collates several singles and EPs released over the past year. The harmonized fuzz of Goldsmith’s guitars and vocals bring his music’s emotional heart to its full […]
Reveries – Innervoice 
Really enjoyable electronic duo that reminds me of M83, Postal Service, and Alvvays. Short EP that packs a punch!
Turnstile – GLOW ON [Roadrunner]
Pretty intense vibes here that do not fit the happy-go-lucky pink puffy cloud art on the cover. Great stuff nonetheless with some solid drumming and swampy guitar playing.
Joe Taylor Sutkowski – Of Wisdom & Folly [Danger Collective]
Bon Iver-esque finger picking with a Jerry Paper-esque vocals. Dig.
The Beths – Aukland, New Zealand, 2020 [Carpark]
Really hype and rocky live show from “New Zealand darlings” The Beths. Reminds me of the Cranberries with different subtleties and complexities.
Deafheaven – Infinite Granite [Self-Released]
Heady, densely constructed, and swirling. Shoegaze-y, too, which I dig quite a bit!