Every Midd kid knows that Middlebury has produced some impressive musical acts in the past (Dispatch and Anais Mitchell FTW). But in the past months Midd has seen the budding presence of many on campus bands as well. With J-Term leaving us more time to explore and enjoy some of the non-academic aspects of Middlebury, MiddBlog wanted to take the time to profile two of these artists that you should definitely spend some time listening to this winter.
Alpenglow is a five-piece folk rock band that first came onto the Vermont music scene last spring. Featuring Middlebury students Graeme Daubert ‘12.5, Elori Kramer ‘13.5, and Peter Coccoma ’12, the band has performed a handful of times on campus this semester, packing every venue it books (The Gamut Room was a tight squeeze). Dan Bolles of Seven Days describes their music as, “a sprawling indie-folk sound that fans of bands such as Fleet Foxes or the Low Anthem could eat with a spork. This is swooning, harmony-laden stuff, complex arrangements laced with arcing fiddle, shimmering keys and healthy doses of ringing guitar punch….they pretty much win, hands down, for best new local band.” Their current Kickstarter project to fund a debut album has already surpassed its goal by almost $1,500 with four days left to go. A copy of the cd is guaranteed to those who chose to donate $15 or more (incentive). Check out their latest video below and make sure to catch them live this Saturday in Mead Chapel at 7pm, featuring Maryse Smith.
Will Cuneo ’15 may just be a sophomore, but his debut EP released this past Thursday is anything but a sophomore slump. Accompanied by Emily Luan ’15 on the violin and Laura Heaberlin ‘12.5 on cello and vocals, Cuneo produces folksy-acoustic melodies rich in sound and lyrics that stay with you in the best of ways. His six track EP has a cohesive and genuine sound that will surely make up the base of a great debut album. Word has it there are still some copies left available from Cuneo himself on a pay-as-you-please basis.
We know we couldn’t cover all the great artists making beautiful music out there this winter, so tell us who we missed! Let us know what other Midd bands we should be listening to below in the comments!