Elder- Innate PassageRelease date: 2022Nov25Label: self-releasedRating: 5/5 Over the past decade and a half, Elder have put out release after release of captivating music. It took me a few years to catch on and I’m excited about this new effort. Catastasis is a lush soundscape of lifting harmonies with breathtaking cuts at a steady pace. […]

Fulanno/The Crooked Whispers– Last Call From HellRelease date: 2022Nov01Label: Helter Skelter Productions/Regain RecordsRating: 4/5 Split EP from Argentina’s Fulanno and The Crooked Whispers. Erotic Pleasures in the Catacombs (Fulanno) starts with an epic desert crawl for the first two minutes and draws you in with epic, unforgiving riffage. Fucking love it!. Cycle of Death is […]

Buffalo-based pop/indie rock band, not unlike Fountains of Wayne at some points. Upbeat and introspective with driving drums and pop-punk inflection. Label: Admirable Traits Records Not a GMR Artist! FCC: Reconsider (track 1) Listen to: Whenever (track 4)

Arsonist Daughter, the first full-length album of Aspen Jacobsen, is a display of wisdom. With Americana-style guitar and dream-like folk influence at the core, her lyrics offer insight into relationships, religion, and more. Label: Aspen Jacobsen Music Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Noah Kahan, Big Thief, Leith Ross

Label: Epitaph Release Date: March 25, 2022 From the label: Diaspora Problems is only the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a bright future for Soul Glo, as well as a forecast for what the band is capable of musically. Hardcore punk is at the precipice of a sonic revolution as a higher variance of […]

Lovely, mostly lyrical orchestral works with Latin elements.

Minimalist works but acoustically varied–voice, trumpet, strings–sound collages.

Contemporary orchestral works, the marimba pieces are delightful! Play!

Works for solo trumpet or with accompaniment, varied, all modern,

Considered difficult to perform, almost voice like for strings.

Solo piano pieces with Czech folk elements. Play!

Romantic era piano works. Lovely!

European and Asian, folk based piano trios. Varied.

Congolese-Belgian singer-songwriter Lous and the Yakuza’s second album weaves together a playful pop sound with rich R&B and trap undertones. Lous’s vocals have a dark intensity that make this album stand out from most newer pop. The rhythms are intense and energetic, with some tracks veering close to drill and others taking a reggaeton-like energy. […]

According to Burlington indie-pop singer-songwriter Amelia Wilcox, her new EP examines “the space between who I am and who I want to be.” Sonically, this music is all soft pastel tones, with twangy guitar and washed-out synth creating an ethereal mood.  Track Picks: 1, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sylvan Esso, Mitski, Cate Le Bon, Luminous […]

Label: Sargent House Release Date: August 19, 2022 Post-metal, especially instrumental, has become increasingly vanilla. However, Russian Circles stays grounded in visceral riff-mongering. The band brings power, intensity and nuance to each new record and remains a force to be reckoned with. Gnosis is a potent album in a genre plagued by boringness. Conduit rides a nasty-ass groove […]

SSJ4Weed’s newest single is a long ambient track featuring beautiful shining synths and ocean sounds. The track is very calming and meditative; it ebbs and flows with some additional higher-pitched synths at times. The Bragala Records artist continues to shine! Link to stream on Bandcamp: https://bragalarecords.bandcamp.com/track/a-song-about-the-ocean Try: 1 RIYL: Julianna Barwick, Brian Eno, Boards of Canada FCC: […]

Sounds of the rainforest with electronics–somewhat of a cacaphony.

Minimalist works for moog/electronics/percussion–sci- fi sounds.

From mid 1800’s, orchestral works both intense and lyrical by Bristow and Fry.

Gorgeous, ambient, lyrical works for strings, guitar, celesta, voice.

Romantic/modern works for viola, violin, cello–beautiful and emotive. Play!

Contemporary works for saxophone quartet, abstract and varied, flowing.

Matt Haimovitz performs modern and contemporary solo cello. 3rd release in the series.

Varied works for trombone and wind ensemble, interesting to jazzy clownish/goofy.