Author Archives: ourintentisallforyourdelight

CHARLIE PARR – DOG // RED HOUSE RECORDS

Folkist Charlie Parr out of Duluth MN comes through with his characteristic rich folk vibe drawing on his life living and working with the homeless community in northern Minnesota.  A favorite of the Waking Windows crew and festival here in the Burlington area, Charlie’s music is touching and expert in its delivery.  A treat for […]

The Barr Brothers // ‘It Came to Me’ Single [Secret City]

The Barr Brothers secluded the band in a cabin in northern Quebec to put out a new effort after some time off the radar.  Blending their gospel, roots, folk, lo-fi, and rock sounds, this single is right in their sweet spot.  Heavy and hollow, gritty and tight, it’s what you want and expect from these […]

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Intentions // Until the Hunter [Tendril Tales]

A soulful mellow vibe featuring Kurt Vile on vocals here and there. The duo comprises the Mazzy Star vocalist and Colm Ó Cíosóig of My Bloody Valentine. Hope’s vocals truly shine through in this record that lives somewhere between dream pop, and folk, and roots, and foggy warmth, or warm fog.  An enjoyable listen to be sure. PLAY: 4, […]

NATURAL CHILD // OKEY DOKEY [NATURAL CHILD RECORDS AND TAPES]

One of the albums of fall.  Psych-rock with nostalgic overtones, hilarious and sad lyrics, and overall radical warm, orangey red autumn fuzz feel.  Part of the latest wave of tunes like The Sheepdogs to bring back a lot of what we love from the 60s and 70s and presenting it through a 2016 musical lens. […]

THE MAYTAGS // LOVE LINES [SELF-RELEASED]

Lives at the intersection of Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Leon Bridges.  Although, apparently, a break-up album, the tunes have a really fun and feel-good vibe.  Soulful tunes with playful guitar and lyrical arrangements. PLAY: 2, 4, 3, 8 | FCC: Clean | RIYL: Benjamin Booker, Nathaniel Rateliff & […]

THE VELVETEINS // A HOT SECOND WITH THE VELVETEINS [FIERCE PANDA CANADA]

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada’s oozing garage rock vibes, ‘moody surf and pop classicism.’  Like The Growlers with more psychedelia. Play: 2, 1, 5, ALL | FCC: Clean | RYIL: The Growlers, Deer Tick, Sonny & The Sunsets

SARA WATKINS // YOUNG IN ALL THE WRONG WAYS [NEW WEST]

Far more roots rock than folk, this album steps outside the Nickel Creek vibe for which Sara might be best known.  Ranges from soulful to mellow.  Great overall vibe, easy listening to be sure. PLAY: 4, 1, 6, 7, 8 | FCC: Clean | RIYL: Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Gillian Welch

MAYBIRD – TURNING INTO WATER EP [30TH CENTURY]

Psychedelic three-guitar rock.  Guitar work reminiscent of Delicate Steve, Mac DeMarco, and overall vibe crosses Cass McCombs with Beck and Belle and Sebastian.  A really fitting college rock radio album. PLAY: ALL | FCC: CLEAN | RIYL: Wilco, Beck, Cass  McCombs, Delicate Steve, Mac DeMarco, Belle and Sebastian

Sonny & The Sunsets // Moods Baby Moods [POLYVINYL]

A bit of a more produced sound from Sonny and his Sunsets, less of the lo-fi garage sound of his earlier albums.  Still very good and new and psychedelic with inventive, playful storytelling lyrics and vibesy vibes. “Repurposed 80s funk and new wave.” RIYL: Fergus & Geronimo, Jaill, The Growlers, The Beets | PLAY: 2, […]

STURGILL SIMPSON // A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH [ATLANTIC]

A concept album about fatherhood takes Sturgill Simpson from his quintessential country sound to a blended R&B vibe complete with the Dap Kings as backing horns to his album.  While he does belt out some of his more trademark sound, he jumps into new territory with songs like “All Around You” (Track 8) which is […]

SAM BEAM AND JESCA HOOP // LOVE LETTER FOR HIRE [SUB POP]

Folky and a little spicy.  Definite influence of Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) sound on track 5, while most others are more singer/songwriter folk than what we’ve come to expect from Sam.  Jesca’s vocals are smoky and fantastic.  Great album front to back. PLAY: 3, 4, | FCC: Clean | RIYL: Iron & Wine, Barna […]

ALPENGLOW // CALLISTO [CHIZU RECORDS]

With a touch of psychedelia, Alpenglow (originally from Vermont) presents a very solid rock album.  The sound mixes a bit of overall rock nostalgia with more modern spacey vibe.  Very WRUV-friendly PLAY: 3, 1, 2, ALL | FCC: Clean |  RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Quiet Life, Dr. Dog, Timber Timbre

QUIET LIFE // FOGGY [STRANGE LIGHT]

This album feels good.  Summery and relaxed.  Nostalgic and new.  Great use of space within songs and great sound when they jump in.  Can imagine this album being a soundtrack to a flowy road trip.  Reminiscent of a less psychedelic War on Drugs. Great effort, produced by Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog. PLAY: 2, 1, […]

WILDER ADKINS // HOPE & SORROW [SELF-RELEASED]

Relaxed, acoustic, airy, mellow.  Very familiar style of music that is, overall, quite pleasing and easy to listen to. FCC: Clean | PLAYL 2, 3, 1, 4, 10, 11 | RIYL: The Head and The Heart, Iron & Wine, Lumineers, Feist, Fleet Foxes, Family & Friends, Ben Sollee

ANDREW BIRD // ARE YOU SERIOUS [LOMA VISTA / CONCORD]

Some new sounds coming from Bird’s typical airy string arrangements that have trended toward Americana folk in the past.  This album ventures much further into rock vibes with some international influence throughout.  Features Fiona Apple on ‘Capsized’ and ‘Left Handed Kisses’.  Should get a lot of play on WRUV! PLAY: 1,2,3,6,8,10 | FCC: Clean | […]

SUN SEEKER // GEORGIA DUST (SINGLE) [THIRD MAN RECORDS]

Fantastic american folkish rock.  Vibesy guitars, great vocals, great production.  Sounds like a cousin band to Seattle’s Moondoggies.  WRUV rock DJs will dig. PLAY: 1, 2 | FCC: Clean | RIYL: Wilco, The Moondoggies, The Sheepdogs, Futurebirds, The Shouting Matches

SUMMER TWINS // LIMBO [BURGER RECORDS]

“Dreampop rock’n roll songs with a touch of California sun.”  Sounds about right.  Easy listening, fun vibes, with a twang of grungy surfy guitars.  The band is a pair of twins born in Riverside, California.  Some chanty lyrics reminiscent of Aquadolls and La Luz with other songs being more Jim Morrison with the Moondoggies (complete […]

THE HIGH BREAKS // DROPPIN’ OFF WITH [SELF-RELEASED]

The surfiest vibes ever to come out of Burlington, hands down.  The High Breaks released their first full-length in support/crowd funding of their forthcoming vinyl album.  Surf rock that honors the tradition, with plenty of tone and whammy bar.  Instrumental tracks stand alone or will complement your radio vibes while you banter. Support the vinyl […]

FLOATING ACTION // HOLD YOUR FIRE [SELF RELEASED]

Seth Kaufmann plays all instruments tracked on this record–meant to be listened to as a whole, but still holds up with some stand out tracks.  Classic Floating Action lo-fi rock with obvious vintage reggae/surf influences, garagey tendencies, and a bit of pop in there too. RIYL: Cotton Jones, Dr. Dog, Mac DeMarco | PLAY: 3, […]

JENNIFER O’CONNOR // SURFACE NOISE [KIAM]

Folk pop ranging from acoustic tunes (2, 3, 5) to more to-be-expected indie pop from this Brooklyn singer-songwriter rocker.  Nice vocals, really cozy album. RIYL: Yo La Tengo, Cass McCombs, Elliot Smith, Spoon | PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, all | FCC: Clean

DEEP SEA DIVER // SECRETS [HIGH BEAM RECORDS]

Grungy rock.  Solid indie rock tunes with a seemingly 80s influence on vocal meter and tone.  Perfect rock for college radio, would be a fun Signal Kitchen show with the right crowd energy.  Driving drums, heavy guitars, synthy complements to it all. FCC: Clean | PLAY: 2, 1, 3, 4, 6 | RILY: The Shins, […]

MICHAEL NAU // MOWING [SUICIDE SQUEEZE]

Surely reminiscent of Michael Nau’s albums as Cotton Jones-especially vocally-this album departs from his strictly lo-fi sound and opens up to stripped down acoustic tracks (#1, #7, #10), sunny shoegazey lounge-y tunes (#2, #3, #5), and songs that follow the typical Cotton Jones sound (#8) with Whitney McGraw’s vocals supporting and adding depth to Nau’s (#4).  There […]

THE DONKEYS // MIDNIGHT PALMS [EASY SOUND RECORDING CO.]

Described as jangly guitars, bouncy grooves, and laid back vocals – I would agree.  A bit of a country western vibe to track #2, some straightforward surfy lo-fi rock for #3 and #4, and finishing off with a shoegazey spacey jam in #5.  All are great and I anticipate this album will get a lot […]

SHAKEY GRAVES // LIVE AT AUDIOTREE 2013 [SELF-RELEASED]

Gritty, pared down versions of some of Shakey’s classics.  Recorded at an Audiotree session in 2013 and released at no cost for his annual Shakey Graves Day in Austin.  Rootsy and rockin as all get-out.  Good fun. PLAY: All | FCC: none | RIYL: Shovels and Rope, Shouting Matches, Wood Brothers

DR. DOG // THE PSYCHEDELIC SWAMP [ANTI-]

Fantastic effort from Dr. Dog with humor and a sound summoned from their early days.  Jangly, lo-fi, lyrically complex and fun.  Classic Dr. Dog sound. FCC: 6 | PLAY: 1, 4, 12 | RIYL: Wilco, The Donkeys, Kurt Vile, The Lawsuits, Fly Golden Eagle