Monthly Archives: October 2022
Father Figuer – F F [Self-released] (LOCAL)
On their latest EP (their last as a Burlington band), Father Figuer have sharpened the attack of their sound in order to bring intensity to powerful, personal lyrics focused on healing from trauma and abuse. The emotional power of their slow-building compositions and arrangements is as strong as ever. Track Picks: 1, 2 FCC: 4 RIYL: […]
The Young Love Scene – Girl On Down the Hall (Bad Dummy)
Gordon Goldsmith continues to draw from the sounds of 90s alternative rock on his latest single. Waves of searing lead guitar and woozy synth lay atop a slow-burning funky drumbeat, with Goldsmith’s reverb-drenched vocals describing the nonverbal relationships among apartment dwellers. FCC: Clean RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, Low, Pile
Another Sexless Weekend – Ice Cream Window and the Dynamic Flavors (Self-released) [LOCAL]
There are certainly a lot of dynamic flavors of music on this album, as multiple different singers and songwriters bring elements of alt-country, power-pop and psychedelia to the table, but if the sonics are varied, the quality of clever songwriting is consistently great. Some choice covers of classic pop songs are the proverbial cherry on […]
The Comet Is Coming – Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam [Impulse!]
On this London-based Band’s last orbit around the universe, The Comet Is Coming synthesized an interstellar, psychedelic, astro-funk album in the realm of electronica. This new release delves heavily into electronic and synthesized beats, while tying in Earthly horns and other jazz instrumentation. The experimental sound will be sure to put you in a daze […]
Classical/jazz sax + piano. Nice!
Alchemy–New Music for Trumpet & Orchestra
Modern & contemporary music for trumpet, varied!
Abstract works for varied instruments. Play!
Yes!… It’s Still a Thing!
Modern & contemporary works for flute + guitar. Nice!
Maple Run Band – Used To Be the Next Big Thing (Back Pasture) [LOCAL]
Maple Run Band’s Trevor Crist continues to prove himself one of VT’s best songwriters with the group’s latest single, a portrait of the life of an artist who came this close to fame and fortune, set to an upbeat country-rock tune. FCC: Clean RIYL: Jason Isbell, Son Volt, Old 97s, Erin Cassels-Brown
Austin Kopec – Moonflower (Self-released) [LOCAL]
The debut solo release from Austin Kopec (formerly of The Hydes) is a low-key, lo-fi collection of indie bedroom R&B, with jazzy lead guitar, melodic bass, and only one vocal number. Track Picks: 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Homeshake, Blood Orange, Mild High Club, XEN Miles
The Burning Sun – Marrow (Self-released) [LOCAL]
The debut album from genre-blending Burlington rock group The Burning Sun was conceived as “an ode to the wild grandness of life.” It certainly sounds that way, with complex prog-jazz rhythms, echoes of guitar and synth, and Katy Hellman’s intensely passionate vocals. Track Picks: 1, 3, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Heartless Bastards, The Cranberries, Sinéad […]
Lake Waves – Tricky Friends (Self-released) [LOCAL]
Local rock band Lake Waves blend the sounds of post-punk and indie folk music into an intoxicating mixture on their debut full-length album. Allie Krasner and Amaal Abdelrahman’s powerful, emotive vocals are the star of the show. Track Picks: 1, 4, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Cranberries, Slothrust, Wet Leg, Clay Aching
Varied works for voice, string quartet, lyrical to less so.
Windswept Vol. II
Contemporary pieces for wind quintet–varied tempi!
Soul Sanctuary–Spirituals & Hymns
Gracious vocal works with piano/cello.
Instrumental versions of songs with clarinet/strings/piano.
James Romig–the complexity of distance
Distorted power chords on electric guitar, one hour long!
Minimalist piano-based works, fast, gradually building.
Very gracious, elegant works for varied instruments. Play!
Spanish classical music from the 19th & 20th centuries, performed by guitar + cello.
Antonin Dvorak–Symphonies Nos. 7-9
Lively symphonies with the composer’s Czech folk elements!
James Kochalka Superstar – The Mummy’s On the Loose [Self-released] (LOCAL)
Burlington comedic punk veteran James Kochalka teams up with local hardcore heroes Rough Francis and legendary Dead Kennedys vocalist Jello Biafra (!!) for a goofy, spooky, and heavy monster mosh released just in time for Halloween. FCC: Clean RIYL: Dead Kennedys, Death, Ghost, Clutch
Kaia Ellis and Sawyer Bouley – Wait For Me (Self-released) [LOCAL]
Members of UVM bands Comatose Kids and McAuley Kart team up for this bossa-nova flavored single, a beautiful slice of jazzy neo-soul with themes of self-acceptance. FCC: Clean RIYL: Norah Jones, Everything But the Girl, Lianne La Havas, XEN Miles
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Unfold
Label: Fat Possum Records Release Date: September 30, 2022 French musician Melody Prochet (see Melody’s Echo Chamber), just released Unfold. The album is wonderfully hypnotic and spacey. Described as the “lost follow-up album” to her debut, Unfold was recorded with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker in Australia in 2013. The relationship didn’t make it through the […]
American, Modern works for violin + piano. Nice!