Monthly Archives: April 2022
The Wolf In Our Own Backyard has once again made an exceptional folk album featuring a diverse variety of tunes that flow along with wonderful cohesion. The album contains excellent instrumentation, including some fantastic guitar playing, solid drums, and some delightful horns, banjo, and pedal steel guitar on certain tracks. The LP is rounded out […]
A combination of soulful harmonies and country-esque guitar riffs, sometimes supported by horns or strings, create this album of upbeat tracks. Teddy Grossman’s voice rings softly yet strongly, complementing the instrumentals on his solo, full-length debut album. FCC clean, except for Giving Up Recommended tracks: Out Of Thin Air, Ready.
UNA delivers profound pop using predominantly downtempo jazz inspired beats and Wurli electric piano, contributing their vibe to what was once labeled electronica but is now considered as a new style. Dream-Pop, Indietronica, and Alternative R&B have all been recognized as influences in UNA’s recent work; their newest single, It’s OK, certainly embodies these latter […]
Immy Owusu, a multi-instrumentalist from the Australian Surf Coast, has released his first single with Melbourne label Hopestreet Recordings, Mantra. Immy’s ‘Afrodelik’ style to music, which encompasses psychedelic rock, funk, and West African roots, is captured in Mantra, a dreamlike slice of his music. While exhibiting an atmospheric and psychedelic unique afro-funk sound, it’s clear […]
Minimalist, ambient solo piano works. Play!
Electroacoustic or acoustic clarinet, varied works, abstract.
The berimbau instrument with Afro-Brazilian origins is explored here. Beautiful percussion!
For various instruments, somewhat discordant, abstract.
As title says, talking with interesting electronic music.
European + Asian works performed by guzheng and guitar. Play!
Gracious solo guitar performed by the composer, some voice.
Beautiful works performed on electric guitar. Play!
BadBadNotGood return with a solid new album of spacey, modern jazz fusion that at times pushes into realms of R&B and Electronic. Featuring great guests like Karriem Riggins (percussion), Brandee Younger (harp) and Terrace Martin (alto saxophone). Give this a spin! Not just for jazz programming. Play: 4, 1, all FCC: Clean RIYL: Flying Lotus, […]
VT singer-songwriter Sarah King muses on ways to deal with “a man who won’t listen” on her latest single, an alternate solo piano version of the opening track from her EP The Hour. FCC: Clean RIYL: Kat Wright, Susan Tedeschi, Nick Cave, Giovanina Bucci
Boston, MA’s Chris Walton has serious talent. His casually passionate vocal performances and smooth funk-rock grooves will have you hooked in. Highly recommended! Track Picks: 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Michael Kiwanuka, Son Little, Gregory Porter, Cory Henry
The debut release from Montpelier folk trio Lavendula sounds like it was performed and recorded by a group of friends sitting around a campfire – warm, welcoming and familiar. Now available on all streaming services! Track Picks: 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Gillian Welch, Low Lily, Adrianne Lenker, Rhiannon Giddens
UVM-based singer-songwriter Julia Randall says her debut single, a gorgeously melancholy piano-based lament about the end of a relationship, “sounds like creaky floorboards and attachment issues.” A wash of strings and slide guitar courtesy of producer David Francisco brings the bedroom-recorded track into high definition. FCC: Clean RIYL: Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, Francesca Blanchard
A collection of gorgeous vocal and instrumental numbers by deep-voiced singer-songwriter and banjo wizard Nate Gusakov. Originally released 11 years ago, but it’s never too late to get some airplay! Also consider Nate’s excellent, harder-rocking EP “Many Mountains” released in 2021, reviewed here! Track Picks: 2, 5, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bruce Cockburn, Mark […]
Self-described “old-time balladeer and multi-instrumentalist” Fern Maddie returns with a modern update of an old British folk song, recorded in collaboration with producer and fiddler Colin McCaffrey. FCC: Clean RIYL: Rosalie Sorrels, Rhiannon Giddens, Sandy Denny
Soft, calm vocals on this EP create a placid feeling in the listener. These songs are short love stories, reminding the listener of the happy ending to a coming-of-age film. Good vibes all around! FCC: clean, one use of ”damn” on track 1 GMR: No Track Picks: 1, 3 RIYL: Dodie, Blue Wilson, Andriana Chobot
Classical & modern works, sound quality dated as these are old recordings.
Gracious string quartet works from 1930’s onward, with African-American elements. Play!
Based on a viola competition in 1919 with unidentified pieces performed. Nice!
Classical and jazz pieces for mandolin and guitar, varied.
Varied contemporary works for trumpet, brass and/or piano. Play!