Monthly Archives: October 2021

Andy Aquarius – Chapel [Hush Hush]

From promoter: “Hush Hush Records is honored to help present the new album ‘Chapel’ by Berlin-based harpist, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Andy Aquarius. A timeless record that captures a primordial beauty, ‘Chapel’ places Andy’s exquisite homespun harp arrangements alongside honest vocal melodies for a transcendental journey through the outer realms of ambient, classical, new age, and […]

Sun Atoms  – Let There Be Light [Little Cloud Records]

From promoter: “An incredible combination of psychedelic dark wave and postmodern pop from psych veteran Jsun Atoms. Produced by The Dandy Warhols’ guitar pedal maestro Peter Holmström and mixed by London’s legendary Stephen Street (The Smiths). Start w/ 1,4  – FCC Warning: #8  – RIYL: Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo, MIEN, Thee […]

Heartafiya – Villa [iBlaze]

Fun reggae single! RIYL Damien Marley, J Boog, Hirie, Koffee, Protoje, and Chronixx FCC: Clean

MF Robots – Break the Wall [BBE Music]

Really nice beat-heavy R&B joints. Kinda gives me Lauryn Hill/Lady Wray vibes. Dig it for sure! RIYL: Lauryn Hill, Lady Wray Play: #3, #7, #11 FCC: Clean

Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine

From promoter: “Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have paired up for a collaborative project that does just that. A Beginner’s Mind is their debut album that contains 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films. The source material is highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between. What began as a superficial conceit became a more serious investigation […]

Odonis Odonis – Spectrums [Felte]

From promoter: “On Spectrums, Odonis Odonis showcase the extreme ends of their musical margins. Embracing a love of ‘80s goth and darkwave melodicism while maintaining an industrial strength intensity, the dualities of their sound are revealed in a striking new light. With four albums under their belts, the Toronto-based duo of Dean Tzenos and Denholm Whale […]

Rose McCann Band – No Wonder [North By South] (LOCAL)

Rootsy, soulful UVM group Rose McCann Band (fka Nullhegan) continue to expand their sound on this three-track EP. There’s more of the horn-heavy dance music you’d expect on the excellent opener “Please Yourself,” while the other tracks dip into reverb-drenched guitar balladry and twangy folk-pop. Ben Collins’ guitar licks and Emma Downie’s powerful vocals are […]

Signal Pine – Most of Every Day (Off Course) [LOCAL]

The debut full-length from New England trio Signal Pine (featuring recent UVM grads) is a bright, shiny collection of indie-folk-rock with pristine singing and playing. Their complex vocal harmony arrangements are a particularly outstanding element of their guitar-and-piano driven pop tunes. Track Picks: 1, 3, 7  FCC: 5 (email local@wruv.org for clean version) RIYL:  Couchsleepers, […]

Jesse Woods/Wimberley

Dreamy strings, sounds similar to Weyes Blood. A blend of indie, folk, rock & country. Favorites are 3,5,9, all are clean. Play!

Little Simz/Sometimes I Might Be Introvert/Age101

British rap, strong beats with sweet movement. Lyrically revolving around topics of introspection. Recommend track 15, featuring Obongjayar, 15, 17 clean. Play!

James Blake/Friends That Break Your Heart/ Polydor Records

Eerie & evocative, beautifully composed with heavily emotional lyrics. The soundscapes are cavernous, layered with synths and grievously grey chords. Blakes voice holds the kind of resilience that comes from deep pain. Play tracks, 1,2,4,9,12.

PAN DAIJING – “JADE” [SELF-RELEASED]

Murmured, experimental spoken word. Lots of gritty distortion, lots of squealing brake disc noises. One track sounds like a theremin involved in a road traffic accident. One track is covered in bees. Challenging and mildly disturbing, in a way that’s hard to pin down. FCC: Clean GMR Artist: No Play: 2, 4, 7 RIYL: Aaron […]

PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL – NEMESIS! [SELF-RELEASED]

Well, well, well. If it isn’t the erstwhile hero of early 2010s chap hop, Professor Elemental. He’s back, and this new album catapults us right back to the world of time-traveling, trouser-exploding, tea-drinking, knee-worshipping whimsy. In the vein of earlier albums like “The Indifference Engine”, “Father of Invention”, and “School of Whimsy”, this one tells […]

Carl Vollrath–transit voices

For clarinet/strings/piano, lyrical, contemporary works. Play!

Maurizio Guernieri–Chamber Works

Somewhat intense, modern works for strings.

Voyage of a Sea-God

20th century bassoon pieces, varied, with symphony. Play!

Joseph Haydn–Piano Sonatas Nos. 20, 34, 51 & 52

Classical era, lyrical, lively works, some Romanticism.

Lily Seabird – Beside Myself (Self-released) [LOCAL]

On her debut album, Lily Seabird reveals herself as one of Burlington’s best current singer-songwriters. Her detailed and emotionally grabbing lyrics and distinct twangy voice stand out over a backdrop of creative, fuzzy alt-rock sounds. Track Picks: 1, 3, 4 FCC: 6 RIYL: Breeders, Wilco, Big Thief, Courtney Barnett, Dinosaur Jr.

Albert Ketelbey–A Dream Picture

Britain’s first millionaire composer of very popular “light” classical works, disparaged by the critics–solo piano, highly lyrical, gentle mostly.

Musical Connections

Abstract, contemporary/modern works by James Ricci and Arnold Schoenberg for solo piano, some jazz elements.

Edoardo Bruni– Hyperkronos

Really interesting contemporary chamber pieces, unusual instrumental combinations for some. Play!

Ryo Noda–Les Yeux Clos

Abstract works, mostly slow, for solo sax or up to 4 saxes. Play!

Kavanagh Plays Kavanagh

Dale Kavanagh performs her solo, classical guitar works–gracious and modern. Play!

Benjamin Louis Brady–Floating into Infinity

Soundscapes with electronics and “sensory perception” drums–ambient.

Bayou

A mix of classical/jazz/folk, some with voice–for piano, drums, clarinet, voice. Quiet and slow, mostly. Exploratory music by Stronen, Tanaka & Lee, the performers.