Monthly Archives: March 2022

Cauchemar- Rosa Mystica

Cauchemar– Rosa MysticaRelease date: 2022May16Label: Temple of MysteryRating: 5/5 Cauchemar hail from Montreal, Quebec. I reviewed their last release from 2016, Chapele Ardente and it blew me out of the water at the time. They’ve only gotten a hell lot better since. Rosa Mystica was recorded at No Man’s Land studio in Gatineau, QC. Jour […]

Rasmus Birk – People Person – (Black Cottage Records)

Basically just a collection of odd samples of people talking on top of both upbeat and funky tracks and also some more soulful jazzy tracks. All the sampling felt a little random and confusing for times, but the instrumentals made it worth it. As you get deeper into the record it moves away from the […]

Shiva Burlesque – Mercury Blues + Skulduggery (Independent Project Records)

New album from 80s band Shiva Burlesque is not quite post-punk, not quite folk-rock, with a distinct grungey but folky sound. Each song has a very dark kind of spooky sounding melody, so if you’re into that then this is the album for you.  GMR: no FCC: Clean RIYL: Talking heads, Patti Smith, Psychedelic furs, […]

Mark Mills “Want No Trouble” (EP)

Mark Mills’ new release “Want No Trouble” revives the sounds of the early 1980’s. Hearing the electric tones construct perfect dance anthems, I was reminded of The Carrie Diaries, Andy Warhol, and Interview Magazine. It seems that “Want No Trouble” was heavily influenced by New York City’s past lives, and the aura of the 80s […]

Steve Madwell – “Hometown Blues” (Album) [Barnsongs]

Released: October 8th, 2021 This is the kind of music which makes me cry. The fiddle, his voice, though I usually listen to uptempo dance music I also really enjoy albums like this. It feels so genuine, so rooted to the ground. The tracks “Early on in Life” and “To see your Face Again” are […]

Dead Horse One – When Love Runs Dry [Requiem Pour Un Twister]

When Love Runs Dry is this French heavy shoegaze band’s first EP since 2012. It features five tracks (first three heavy, last two somber) in a very satisfying release from Dead Horse One. An excellent “wall of sound” production style is utilized to great effect, pushing the gritty instruments beyond heaviness into more lush orchestral […]

Alison Clancy – Mutant Gifts (Independent Project Records)

A new, dreamy single from Alison Clancy, including a live version of Mutant Gifts. Clancy uses eerie, haunting guitar to create a very dark, atmospheric sound on the instrumental Dreamland Tokyo. RIYL: Macie Stewart, Ringo Deathstarr, Weatherday FCC: Clean

Sofiane Pamart & Dabeull – “Loving Life” (Album) [Dabeull Records]

Released: Dec 17, 2021 A beautiful collaboration. Check out “La Vie en Rose” to start. FCC: Clean GMR: No

Eric Nathan–Missing Words

Fairly abstract works for a variety of instruments and ensembles.

Simeon Ten Holt–Canto Ostinato

106 Minimalist piano works, for two pianos.

Ezra Laderman–Chamber Works 2002-2013

Really interesting modern works for varied instruments, solo and duos. Play!


Improvisations for trio, flute + electronics by Jane Rigler, Curtis Bahn, Thomas Ciufo.

Romanian Flute Music

Modern works for flute and piano, by Bartok, Enescu, Elinescu, Rotaru and Jiano.

David Hackbridge Johnson–The Devil’s Lyre

Contemporary solo piano, gracious, elegant.

Between the Notes

Classical and jazz solo piano works with one piece by the performer Willis Delony. Nice!

Bows Up! Portuguese Music for Strings

Varied string works from 1900’s and 2000’s.

Mikolalojus Ciurlionis–On the Harp Strings

Originally composed for piano, here transcribed for harp–Romantic, lovely!

Tall Travis – To Be In a Place (Self-released) [LOCAL]

UVM-based combo Tall Travis (a band, not a person) have a pretty unique sound, dressing their catchy melodies in a rich tapestry of bluegrass strings and horns. Their clever, insightful and charming lyrics are impossible to ignore.  Track Picks: 4, 6, 9, 10, 12 FCC: 3, 7, 11 RIYL: The Magnetic Fields, Kimya Dawson, The […]

Pons – Leave Me To My Work (Stick ‘n’ Move)

Pons continue their mission to manufacture brilliantly organized chaos and noise on their latest single, which features lots of fuzz, heavy rhythms, ripping guitar riffs and leads, and a sax solo from BTV’s own Thaya Zalewski.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Black Midi, The Stooges, Oblivians, The Garden

Stoof’s Elastic Band – Naked If I Wanted To (Self-released) [LOCAL]

VT/Montreal based musician and artist The Stoof teams up with an all-star cast of local musicians for her new Elastic Band project. Their debut single is a modern psychedelic-pop reimagining of a song first recorded by the band Moby Grape in the 60s, later updated and rearranged by Cat Power. FCC: Clean RIYL: Cat Power, […]

FOZ. – the artist state [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The latest single from BTV rapper FOZ. features chorus vocals from fellow local Pilate’s Dream, a woozy sample flipped by producer faux sala, and seriously clever lyrics about the process of becoming an artist. FCC: Clean RIYL: Atmosphere, KAYTRANADA, Eyedea, Madlib


The titular single from Tibetan artist Lhamo’s newest album. Delicate soprano vocals, evoking an eerie yet comforting feel. The instrumentals feature lots of strings and bells, blending together beautifully. You feel like you’re in the Himalayas just listening to it! GMR: no FCC: clean, the lyrics are not English and I was unable to find […]


This catchy synth-pop single by London Exchange is less dancy than their usual sound and has more of a chill vibe with it’s simple modern rock beat. FCC: Clean RIYL: Tame Impala, Duran Duran, New Order

Amelia Wilcox – Better Versions (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest EP from Burlington’s Amelia Wilcox (also known as half of the duo Lavenderlux) is a truly warm and enveloping piece of indie pop that will make you feel comforted. Track Picks: 2, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mitski, Cate Le Bon, Bleachers, Francesca Blanchard, Lavenderlux

CHYNNA LEWIS / What Are Friends For [EP] / self-released

The sweet & sultry voice of Chynna Lewis brings us this R&B / Pop EP, “What Are Friends For”. A blend of beautiful hearty vocals and uplifting and empowering lyrics make it an overall solid EP. FCC: Track 1 Track Picks: 2, 4 RIYL: Charlotte Day Wilson, Madison McFerrin