Blind Blind Tiger Records has released Only Friends, the debut EP from dreampop band Draemhouse. The four tracks are twangy, psychedelic affairs with hints of surf music and folk-rock. Laid back and dreamy, with a chill vibe throughout, the EP is understated and while enjoyable as a whole, it lacks any clear standout tracks and the final impression is unremarkable. Check it out for yourself. Stream and buy Only Friends at the link below.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
TIN is the third EP from Chicago band Freaks For Geeks. Heavy and melodic with a strong dynamic sense, the four tracks evoke comparisons to Linkin Park and Rage Against The Machine. Their blistering brand of hip-hop laced rock has an infectious beat and edgy vibe. The album does suffer from a poor mix and a lack of mastering, which leaves it sounding muddy, amateurish and a shadow of what it could be, but yet still deserving of attention. Stream and download TIN at the link below.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Static Motor Recordings brings us a great new compilation album. Full Circle delivers ten tracks by different Boston artists that are all female fronted, and was born out of a Boston Soundcloud group. The album, which spans folk, indie rock and pop is flawlessly performed, expertly curated and features compelling music from start to finish. It's a great way to sample the best of Boston's female driven indie scene. Stream and download Full Circle for free at the link below.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Freddie's Extra Teeth is the debut album from South Dakota artist Von Zimmer. The ten tracks are raw, lo-fi and catchy. Sounding like an unmastered home recording, the album is a stark look at the artist's vision in it barest sense. The songs are a bit simplistic, though pleasing none the less. Of course, the lack of a professional mix and mastering leaves the sonic experience disappointing, but the goodness in the tracks manages to leak through. Stream and download Freddie's Extra Teeth at the link below.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Brooklyn artist Evan^Patrick has released his sophomore EP, Dusk Will Burn The Palms. The six tracks are a mix of 80's inspired synthpop and the same era inspired alt-rock guitar riffs, woven together into a record long on cliche sounds. The music is flawlessly performed and the songs have interesting themes. On the whole, the album is a worthy work, that will surely find an audience. All that is lacking is more originality in the artistic content, rather than relying on such a derivative sonic vibe. Stream and buy Dusk Will Burn The Palms at the link below.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Who's Going To Love Me Now is the new single from FZB favorite We Are Temporary, aka producer and Stars & Letters Records head Mark Roberts. The single is from Crossing Over, his debut album due out on February 19th. The track is a poignant testament to love, loss and despair. This second single from the album shows that its going to be a killer. Stream and buy Who's Going To Love Me Now at the link below and watch the blog for a review of Crossing Over later in the month.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Astrid and the Killer Penguin is the debut EP from Chicago band Boolean Knife. With a nice post-punk sheen, the three tracks evoke comparisons to Weezer. Stories and hipster imaging color the tracks, while simple melodic instrumentation propels things forward. Not a great EP, but a worthy effort. Stream and buy Astrid and the Killer Peguin at the link below.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
FZB favorite Jacob Faurholt is back with a new album, Super Glue. Whether it be with his band Crystal Shipsss or under his solo moniker, Faurholt is a remarkable, talent with a superlative post-punk vision. The ten tracks are a stylish ensemble of intimate thoughts, engaging melodies and raw experimentation. This is an album of depth, artistic maturity and beauty. Watch the video for the track, Floating In Space, then stream, download or better yet, buy the limited edition vinyl of Super Glue at the link below.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Small Bear Records have released The Blood Garden, a new three track single from UK band Vukovar. Post-punk intricasies dominate tracks that play like a mini opera. Raw, dynamic and completely compelling, Vukovar blend a myriad of competing melodic parts to yield works of depth and quality. This record is a perfect showcase for a band that puts artistic expression ahead of commercialism. A must have. Watch a video for the title track and then stream and download The Blood Garden at the link below.
Monday, February 1, 2016
NoVo Management brings us another fine Chicago band, Nice Motor. Their debut EP Seminary St, is a polished stroll down an indie rock lane. The four tracks are solid pop pieces, with a sharp, trendy indie sound that channels influences from folk to soul. Crystal production, nice dynamic changes and stylistic depth mark a strong debut that leaves the listener wanting more. Stream and download Seminary St. at the link below.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Electronic magazine Side-Line brings us the huge compilation Face The Beat Session 3. The 63 tracks by different artists, are a deep exploration of the latest in independent industrial, electronic and experimental music. The compilation benefits free meal charity O Allos Anthropos. This collection is a must have for all electronic aficionados. Stream and download face The Beat Session 3 at the link below.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Greek Label Inner Ear Records bring us God Is A Motherfucker, the debut album from Athens rockers Night Knight. The eleven tracks take a classic rock stylistic approach with heavy, bassy tonality, some nice harmonized guitars and edgy vocals. The record is a trip through traditional rock cliches, with a good sound, but little in the way of originality. Stream and buy God Is A Motherfucker at the link below.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Saudade is the debut EP from Chicago band Wired Minds. Reverby and lo-fi, the three tracks serve up a myriad of influences from Interpol to The Jam. The EP is energized post-punk at its best. Building moods and textures, Wired Minds deliver a sound that is engaging and just gets better with every listen. Our only complaint is that the EP is just a mere three songs. We hope a full length is coming soon. Stream and download Saudade at the link below.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Heavy Lines is the debut EP from North Carolina band Happy Abandon. With traces of Mumford & Sons and Noah and the Whale, the five tracks blend orchestral touches and shoegaze influences into an EP that builds sonic goodness with each note. The band of Peter Vance, Jake Waits, Alex Thompson and Justin Ellis unleash strong songs, ethereal vibes and well crafted musical lines that mark a super strong debut. Steam and download Heavy Lines at the link below.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Two Songs is the debut release from Ravary, the solo project of Justin Ellis, ex of FZB favorites The Color Exchange. The two tracks are airy dream pop, with nice folk-rock beds that build into compelling pop songs. Ellis is a singer/songwriter with great range and depth. Watch FZB for more from his other musical endeavors. In the mean time, stream and download Two Songs at the link below.
Friday, January 22, 2016
FZB favorites Crystal Soda Cream have released a new single Rationale Arbeitsschritte. The two tracks continue the bands post-punk industrial mastery, with dark guitars, synths and vocals. Compelling melodies and an intimate feel add to the new wave vibe, reminiscent of 80's stalwarts. Along with the new music the band has released a wonderful animated video. Watch the video and then stream and download Rationale Arbeitsschritte at the link below.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
New Jersey based artist Bay Kee, aka Christine Spilka, has released her sophomore album via Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen and Human Sounds Records. The eight tracks are tasty indie pop in the vein of Beach House and Tame Impala. Filled with melodic riffs, stunning vocals and crystal production, Spilka delivers a record that will warm the coldest day this winter. Stream and download Wonder Wild at the link below.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
St. Louis band Les Gruff and the Billy Goat have released their S/T sophomore album. The eleven tracks are a rowdy mix of alt-country, folk rock and Americana. The album is a nice diversion of authenticity, from the rock music with bad lyrics that passes as most commercial country music today. This is an album that is just fun to listen to, with great musicianship and little pretense. Stream and buy Les Gruff and the Billy Goats at the link below.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Cent Soleils is the new album from Swiss electronic artist Larmheim. The ten tracks are a journey through noise, dissonance, unexpected melodies and sonic depth. Unafraid to take an experimental approach, Larmheim assaults ones senses with textural diversity and song elements that challenge the listener to expand their concepts and their consciousness. Stream and buy Cent Soleils at the link below.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Chicago based singer/songwriter Andy Metz has released Delusions, his first full length album in seven years. Blending elements of pop and folk, with songs that are engaging stories, the album is an intimate look into Metz's artistic vision. Deep and personal, the album is expertly produced and creates moods that draw the listener deep into the music.Stream and buy Delusions at the link below.