Author Archives: Local Music Director

A2VT – I’m a Soul Survivor (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Winooski’s beloved AfroPop group’s latest track is a triumphant anthem of overcoming and resilience. The group’s typical shiny pop production, dancefloor-ready grooves and autotuned vocal harmonies are bolstered by a guest rap verse by R.O.D. and a fearsome guitar solo by Andre Maquera. FCC: Clean RIYL: Falle Nioke, Rema, Burna Boy, Wizkid

Next Nobodies – Half Life (College Street) [LOCAL]

The debut single from BTV indie combo Next Nobodies sounds like it belongs in a smoke-filled disco with the lights turned down low. The four-on-the-floor groove keeps you grounded as the chiming keys, echoey guitars and smooth vocals envelop you. FCC: Clean RIYL: Mark Ronson, Tame Impala, Breakbot

Princess Nostalgia – Ugly Lovely (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Recent UVM alum Princess Nostalgia’s new single is all about “loving yourself – even the nasty/stinky/freaky parts.” Sonically, the track continues in her unique style of retro R&B influenced electronic grooves with choppy guitars and heavily AutoTuned vocals. FCC: Clean RIYL: Charli XCX, Tokimonsta, Disclosure

Francesca Blanchard – New Year’s In Paris (Tone Tree Music) [LOCAL]

Beloved BTV indie-pop songwriter Francesca Blanchard’s latest single is a “letter to solitude and the city that helped (her) through it.” The song is a keyboard-led ballad which builds from a minimalist intro to the type of grand climax that many of Francesca’s best songs have. Lyrically, the song’s dream fantasy of being rescued from […]

Couchsleepers – Monsters (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Burlington-based indie project Couchsleepers take a folkier turn on their latest single, with a lush arrangement driven by a banjo riff and lyrics that address the challenges of maintaining a relationship while battling one’s personal demons. FCC: Clean RIYL: Adrianne Lenker, Fleet Foxes, Pinegrove

Willoughby J. Morse – Sistrs Only Lvr (SuperFunRecords) [LOCAL]

Burlington-based singer-songwriter Willoughby J. Morse’s latest single sounds like a modern indie-folk update of an early 60’s girl-group song, with echoey production and stomping beat surrounding soft-spoken lyrics about a covert queer liaison.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Couchsleepers

Sarah King – Not Worth the Whisky (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Booze, betrayal and murder are blues tropes for a reason, and VT singer-songwriter Sarah King’s latest single (from upcoming EP “The Hour”) combines the three with her usual lyrical skills and a sparse, echoey arrangement. FCC: Clean RIYL: Susan Tedeschi, Beth Hart, Warren Haynes

Clever Girls – Saturn (EggHunt) [LOCAL]

The latest single from BTV’s Clever Girls is a fuzzy, keyboard-led slice of pop-rock bliss, with abstract, romantic lyrics touching on technology and astrology.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Frankie Cosmos, Real Estate, Hop Along, girl in red

Roost.World – Cheapbabyy27 (Porch) [LOCAL]

The latest EP from BTV electronic rock combo Roost.World (fka Roost) continues in the 80s-esque dance-punk vein of their previous releases, with big club beats, piano, synth, guitar, and seemingly stream-of-consciousness lyrics that paint vivid pictures and scenes. Track Picks: 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, New Order, Guerilla Toss

Peg Tassey – Winter Comes (Flower Fields) [LOCAL]

The first single from veteran Vermont singer-songwriter Peg Tassey in almost twenty years, “Winter Comes” (a collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Jer Coons) takes the form of a traditional folk round, set to a haunting arrangement featuring the sounds of birds and crunching ice, with lyrics about isolation that resonate particularly strongly in this unusually […]

Nodrums – Don’t Wanna Shake Things Up (Self-released) [LOCAL]

According to Burlington singer-songwriter Brayden Baird, aka Nodrums, this EP is supposed to sound “like a bar band [playing] songs most bar bands would never play.” True to that description, the songs here are a collection of lo-fi, echoey indie and alt-country, with low vocals and lyrics ranging from the emotionally forthright to the absurd […]

Couchsleepers – All the Worst Things (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Burlington-based indie outfit Couchsleepers’ latest single launches off with a screaming slide-guitar riff and powerful drums (courtesy of Pinegrove’s Zack Levine) before settling into their typical keyboard-and-guitar-led sound and lovelorn lyrics. This track might be their very best thus far.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Pinegrove, Car Seat Headrest, Jesse Taylor Band

Clever Girls – Baby Blue (Egghunt Records) [LOCAL]

The new single from Clever Girls’ upcoming album is a straightforward love song lyrically, but sonically it’s a step in a new direction for the band, with its echoey washes of guitar and synth coupled with sampled layers of vocal harmonies, building to a massive and gorgeous climax. FCC: Clean RIYL: Soccer Mommy, Hop Along, […]

Nate Gusakov – Many Mountains (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Lincoln, VT banjoist and singer-songwriter Nate Gusakovs’ latest EP is an excellent collection of folk and blues. His deep voice (perfectly contrasted by Moira Smiley’s harmonies) is just the right vehicle for his lyrics, which sometimes stretch the boundaries of a typical meter in a way that only increases their emotional resonance.  Track Picks: 1, […]

Marcie Hernandez – Amanecer (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The first full-length from VT-based songwriter Marcie Hernandez spans a wide genre sphere, including piano ballads, Latin-flavored folk, modern indie rock and neo-soul. Hernandez’s lyrics, sung in Spanish and English, reflect Hernandez’s Puerto Rican roots, covering topics from identity to romance with poetic grace. Track Picks: 2 (clean version), 5, 7 FCC: 2 (email local@wruv.org […]

Jesse Taylor Band – Ever-Changing (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest EP from Burlington’s Jesse Taylor Band merges the sonic palettes and instrumental chops of classic rock with a modern, confessional songwriting sensibility. Killer, creative guitar hooks draw you in while Taylor’s emotive, personal lyrics and vocals keep you listening.  Track Picks: 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Pretenders, Hop Along, Paramore, Cheap Trick

Maple Run Band – Maple Run Band [Back Pasture] (LOCAL)

Local Americana quartet Maple Run Band’s debut album feels totally timeless – despite being brand new (apart from one Roger Miller cover), these songs feel like they’ve always been around. Real campfire sing-along material, with gorgeous guitar licks and harmonies as well.  Track Picks: 2, 4, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Avett Brothers, Gram Parsons, […]

Chazzy Lake – Sup, Circumstance [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The debut solo album from Charlie Hill (also known for his work with J Bengoy) presents an engaging blend of lo-fi, Americana, classic rock and new wave. His songwriting, in terms of lyrics, hooks and melodies, is as strong as ever. A strong recommendation! Track Picks: 2, 6, 8, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Fruit Bats, […]

Reid Parsons – Alone [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The latest release from Vermont native Reid Parsons is a slice of smooth, soulful blues, subtle and understated to its benefit, with pristine guitar leads and vocal harmonies.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Grace Potter, Marcus King, Warren Haynes, Sarah King

Madaila – West [Future Fields] (LOCAL)

The first of four EPs announced for release in 2020 by Mark Daly’s one-man band Madaila, West takes a rootsier approach to the project’s sound without sacrificing any of their songcraft. A gorgeous collection of harmonic folky rock with a psychedelic twinge. Track Picks: 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lord Huron, Iron and Wine, […]

The Larkspurs – Live at East Montpelier Meeting House [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The first release from local roots revival quartet The Larkspurs features a mix of originals, covers and adapted standards played with freshness, vigor and passion. Track Picks: 1, 3, 6FCC: Clean RIYL: The Wild Reeds, Oh Hellos, The Head and the Heart

Couchsleepers – Only When It’s Dark (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The debut full-length from Harrison Hsiang’s project Couchsleepers typifies his brand of “folk songwriting that tastes like indie rock,” with lyrics centered around romance, heartbreak and insomnia. Track picks: 2, 3, 7, 9 FCC: 7 (clean version available in station and on Subsonic!) RIYL: Pinegrove, Peach Pit, Theo Katzman

Honey and Soul – Separate Her Heart [Tank Recording] (LOCAL)

The new single from Burlington folk trio Honey & Soul is a particularly gorgeous acoustic piece, with soaring strings and gentle guitars topped with passionate three-part harmonies. FCC: Clean RIYL: Brandi Carlile, Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss, The Wild Reeds

Francesca Blanchard – Make It Better (Tone Tree Music) [LOCAL]

The Burlington-based singer-songwriter’s first full-length in five years takes listeners through various aspects of a failing relationship. Highlights include the anthemic title track and “Baby,” a very catchy number with a striking vocal “guitar” solo. Also available is “Make It Better (with friends)” – a new version of the title track recorded in quarantine featuring […]

Madaila – Madaila (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Mark Daly abandoned plans for a series of sonically distinct themed EPs after one release this year, instead choosing to put out this self-titled collection which returns to the synth-pop stylings of his earlier work, with lyrics addressing pressing social issues relevant to the current day. FCC: Clean Track Picks: 1, 2, 6 RIYL: Miike […]