Remarkable 2021 Albums of Artists Who Performed in Vermont | Vermont Arts

Well, it wasn’t a full year of live music in Vermont. But it’s safe to say that it was a welcome comeback when the in-person concerts returned for good in June. And while our current situation is still far from “normal,” Green Mountain State has hosted an impressive number of musical performances from a wide range of artists over the last half of the year.

Amidst the plethora of top album listings, we like to take a slightly different approach as we look back on the year of pop music. What follows is our heavily skewed list of notable and most obsessed albums by artists who graced our little state with a live performance in 2021 – or will be in 2022 – in order of appearance.

Steve Gunn: “The other you”Released: August 27 (Matador)

Live in VT: July 24 at Backside 405

Who: Acclaimed New York singer and guitarist

What They Said: “In a subtle way, this album connects all the disciplines Gunn has explored before, from primitive American guitar playing to jazz, folk, indie rock and drone music,” All Music said. Guide. “However, it’s also something entirely new with a unique sound that is a pleasure to spend time with.”

Allison Russell: “Child of the Outside”Released: May 21 (Fantasy)

Live in VT: August 22 at Shelburne Museum (with Lake Street Dive)

Who: Self-taught singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist making his solo debut

What They Said: “Longtime Birds of Chicago singer Allison Russell turns a horrific childhood – she was abused by her stepfather – into joyful survival songs,” The New York Times reported. “Drawing inspiration from soul, country, folk and deep blues, she connects her own story to myth and metaphor, remembering trauma while rising decisively from it. “

Saint-Vincent: “Daddy’s house”Released: May 14 (Loma Vista)

Live in VT: September 4 at Higher Ground (full)

Who: Singular artist and musician Annie Clark, who “excels at hijacking rock and pop conventions,” according to the All Music Guide

What They Said: “By mixing the musical blessings of the past with modernist sonic embroidery,” PopMatters said, “’Daddy’s Home’ is a sublime shower of gorgeous melodies, nimble chants … and meditations that provide St. Vincent’s deepest psychological cuts and highest musical heights to date.

Ryley Walker: “Fable Course”

Release: April 2 (Husky Pants)

Live in Vermont: September 6 at Monkey House; December 31st at BCA studios

Who: Indie-rock singer and virtuoso guitarist, now based in Calais

What We Said: “Course in Fable is a brilliant and confident seven song set that’s backed by impressive instrumentation, catchy lyrics and haunting melodies that nod to progressive rock while maintaining a surprising hook. . “

Faye Webster: “I know I’m funny ha ha”

Release: June 25 (Secretly Canadian)

Live in Vermont: September 17 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge (full)

Who: Atlanta singer-songwriter, 24

What They Said: Paste called his fourth album “his most thoughtful, intimate, and self-confident effort to date” and “another fine collection of America-pop with laces of steel. who is as nuanced and charming as Webster herself ”.

Lucy Dacus: ‘Home Video’Release: June 25 (Matador)

Live in VT: October 18 at Higher Ground (full)

Who: Buzzworthy, 26, indie-rock singer-songwriter from Richmond, Virginia

What They Said: “Also carefully crafted as a collection of short stories,” The New York Times told, “’Home Video’ painfully tells the story of a young person who loses her religion but wins in autonomy, a sense of identity and the glorious strength to speak one’s own truths in song.

MIKE: “Disco!”Released: Jun 21 (10k)

Live in Vermont: October 27 at Monkey House

Who: New York independent hip-hop heroes

What They Said: “Every year he seems to drop the best confessional of his life, garnering more criticism than his previous outing,” NPR said. “‘Disco!’ is no exception, but even for MIKE it seems exceptional. The most real shhh he has ever written finds him processing the pain of his mother’s shifting over her wispy melodic curls while savoring the kind of awareness. of self that only comes as a balm after years of self-scrutiny.

Sierra Ferrell: “Long time ahead”

Released: August 20 (Rounder)

Live in Vermont: November 11 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge; April 15, 2022 at the Higher Ground Ballroom

Who: West Virginia-born country / Americana singer-songwriter self-proclaimed “Tornado Gypsy”

What They Said: “The material Ferrell writes ranges from haunting sea ballads and slow waltzes to fast-paced mariachis and bluegrass that seem to come from a timeless and diverse place where love and dance rule the kingdom.” PopMatters said. “Long Time Coming” sounds so old-fashioned and old-fashioned that it’s trendy rather than retro due to Ferrell’s charisma and flippant demeanor. “

Wednesday: “Twin plagues”

Released: August 13 (Orindal)

Live in Vermont: November 17 at Monkey House

Who: Rising North Carolina-based indie rock quintet

What They Said: “Put simply, ‘Twin Plagues’ is one of the best, most consistent records you’ll hear this year,” Paste said, calling the album ‘amazing work’ where “every song is like a cathartic explosion.”

Pom Pom Squad: “Death of a cheerleader”

Released: June 25 (City Slang)

Live in VT: November 18 at Higher Ground (with Nada Surf)

Who: Brooklyn’s rising rock group Pom Pom Squad, led by Mia Berrin

What They Said: Nylon called the album “one of the fiercest new albums of 2021,” while Paste called it a “cinematic masterpiece.”

Indigo De Souza: “Any shape you take”

Released: Aug 27 (Saddle Creek)

Live in Vermont: January 28, 2022 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge

Who: Rising Asheville, indie rocker based in North Carolina

What They Said: “De Souza’s outstanding second album covers grungy rock and colorful hi-fi pop,” Pitchfork said, “lighting up his impressive voice and ability to express every drop of emotion” .

Courtney Barnett: “Things take time, take time”

Release: November 12 (Mum + Pop)

Live in VT: February 10, 2022 at Higher Ground (out of print)

Who: renowned Australian indie rock singer-songwriter

What They Said: “In highlighting her many talents, including being a gifted poet, a great musician and a shrewd empath,” said Variety, “Barnett’s new record is a testament to the value of taking the lead. things slowly and from another climax in a career apparently destined for many more.

midi black: ‘Cavalcade’

Released: May 28 (Rough Trade)

Live in Vermont: March 29, 2022 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge

Who: Adventurous British rock band

What they said: “The virtuoso British band black midi is bristling all over the place: with jagged, asymmetrical funk riffs; with sharp dissonances; with passages of minimalist and menacing suspense; with words full of bitter disillusion, ”said The New York Times. “And then, just to keep things in suspense, come passages filled with tenderness and wonder, to plunge back into the fray.”

Japanese breakfast: “Jubilee”

Released: June 4 (Dead Oceans)

Live in Vermont: May 13-15, 2022 at Waking Windows

Who: Philadelphia indie rock artist Michelle Zauner

What They Said: Pitchfork called their third album an “elegant and eclectic record that feels contemporary and also imbued with classic indie sensibilities.”

Dry cleaning: ‘New Long Leg’

Live in Vermont: May 13-15, 2022 at Waking Windows

Who: London art-rock quartet

What They Said: Dry Cleaning’s debut album “delivers too much drama over 10 intelligently textured tracks produced by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish,” Rolling Stone said. “It’s music that demands and deserves undivided attention. “

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