Chicago's Hood Smoke have released their third album, Rough Around The Hedges. The ten tracks are a varied journey through pop, with R&B, rock and jazz influences. What results is an album of depth and charm, featuring stunning vocals, strong arrangements and polished production. Smooth, enjoyable and accomplished, these are musicians showcasing mastery of the craft in a radio ready album. Stream and buy Rough Around The Hedges at the link below.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Portland based shoegaze trio, Vibrissae, have released their debut album Somewhere Away. The nine tracks are heavy, original and perfect. Going from minimal to full on in your face, this album drips virtuosity. Stunning vocals, imaginative synths and some of the best guitar work we've heard in a long time, highlight a compelling album of depth and beauty. This is an absolute must have. Watch a video of the band live and then stream and buy Somewhere Away at the ink below.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Unlearning Curve is the latest album from Post Death Sound Track, a Canadian music collective spread across Vancouver and Toronto. The nine tracks blend rock, industrial and electronic influences into a dark and lush sonic spectrum. With sterling production and an atmospheric sheen, towering vocals and complex harmonies drive an album of depth and virtuosity. Stream and download Unlearning Curve at the link below.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
FZB favorites The Bordellos have released a new EP, Fool Britannia. The UK band gives us three tracks that express the discord caused by Brexit. Prescient and irreverent, the EP crystallizes the sentiment of many over the ridiculous xenophobia the UK is expressing to the rest of the world. This record is a nice interlude to tide us over till the Bordellos proper album release in August. Stream and download Fool Britannia for free at the link below.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Salvaged is the new album from instrumentalists Sunset Wrecks. The duo of Jarek Leskiewicz (Naked On My Own, Blurred City Lights) and Martin Anderson (Dopedrone, Yeti Island), deliver seven tracks of scrumptious heavy music. The album brings disparate stylistic elements from shoegaze, to drone, to post-rock, to metal together in a cohesive, imaginative and highly original record. Long on musicianship that is both engaging and deep, this duo are master craftsman. Stream and download Salvaged at the link below.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
FZB favorite Nanosaur, aka Michael Solorzano, is back today with a new EP, This Is Life. The Bay Area based artist/producer delivers three tracks of glimmering synthpop, that have ample originality and a depth of influence ranging from Neon Indian to The Doobie Brothers. Staying true to hispanic roots and using upbeat arrangements, Solorzano shows that synthpop can still be a simple, intimate affair with an EP that connects directly with the listener. A definite must have. Stream and download This Is Life at the link below.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
FZB favorites Vukovar are back with a new album, Voyeurism, on UK label Small Bear Records. The 8 tracks are dark post-punk anthems, that show influences ranging from Joy Division to The Used. The album is inventive, highly original and completely compelling.The sonic palette is dark and misty, with the feel of a spooky back alley. This is a strong record that is a definite must have. Watch the video for album track Blood Garden, then stream and buy Voyeurism at the link below.
Monday, July 11, 2016
FZB favorites, Double Echo are back with their third release, Ancient Youth, on Sweden's Peter Out Records. The Liverpool, England based goth trio deliver an EP that again impresses with strong melodies, innovative instrumental hooks and a dark veil. The five tracks are more energetic and upbeat than their last year's release La Danza. Double Echo are maturing as both song writers and recording artists and this new EP showcases a band that demands attention. Stream and buy Ancient Youth at the link below.
Friday, July 8, 2016
FZB favorites, Stella Diana, are back with a new album, Nitocris. The Italian band have delivered nine delicious tracks of dark shoegaze, with a warm lo-fi sheen. Haunting and atmospheric, the songs evoke a dark basement club full of smoke, sensuality and despair. This album has depth, expert production and a totally compelling sonic experience. Watch the video for album track Sulphur, then stream and buy Nitocris at the link below.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cedar Spring Motel is the S/T debut EP from the Hamilton, Ontario based power trio. Treading the ground between punk and hard core, the four tracks are raw, heavy and energetic, while at the same time maintaining some sense of melodic content. The production is clean and reveals the hard edge of the tracks without adding false color. The vocals are in your face and the instruments are bombastic, without any pretentiousness. This is a band that understands punk should be visceral . Stream and download Cedar Spring Motel at the link below.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Peregrination, by Kansas City Jazz artist Chris Hazelton, is a testament to the legacy of a city who's jazz scene was transformative to how this art form exists today. Eschewing a more conventional jazz instrument, Hazelton is a master of the Hammond B3 organ. Backed by longtime Kansas City stalwarts Danny Embrey on guitar and Kevin Frazee on drums, the ten tracks swing with tasteful improvisation that never loses melodic intimacy with the piece of music being performed. Tight, creative and with the Hammond B3 being displayed in it's most unique environment, the trio deliver an album of sublime jazz. Stream and buy Peregrination at the link below.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
10. The Longwalls: Live at the Bridge
9. Wilder Gonzalez Agreda: Scala Mega Hertz
8. Wood Lake: Hell
7. Anda Volley: Paper Moon
6. Rats Rest:On The East Side
5. Sciencevision: States Of Vividity
4. Matt Kelly: The Matt Kelly Half Hour
3. Electrik Orange: Trevor's Kid
2. The Heroic Enthusiasts:Memory Wheel
1. The Red Hill Valleys: The Red Hill Valleys
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Rose Park is the debut album from Nashville band Harpooner. The ten tracks are a journey through retro psychedelic influences, sonic visions of the Beatles, and a sound that brings these influences together in a cohesive and original album where energy abounds. Crisp production and tight instrumentals are the hallmark, with synth accents adding a nice contemporary counterpoint to the retro theme. This is a stellar debut and a must have. Stream and buy Rose Park at the link below.
Monday, June 27, 2016
While I Hated Life, Barbarian, is the new album from Brooklyn band The Hairs. Brooklyn has an incredibly vibrant and creative indie music scene and we have featured countless artists from this scene. What makes The Hairs new release stand out is its mediocrity. We found this release a disappointment from start to finish. The vocals are week, the songs simplistic and the production, while was likely meant to be lo-fi, is just a mess of muddled frequencies with no separation of instruments across the spectrum. Decide for yourself, stream and buy While I hated Life, Barbarians at the link below.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Signs of Synthesis is another collection of Peruvian avant garde music from Buh Records, this time from 1991-2000. The nine tracks totally over an hour, features electro acoustic music in a range of styles. Soothing tones, passages that simulate field recordings, inventive melodies and sterling musicianship about. The tracks give several interesting perspectives on how guitars can be used to create what would normally be done on the synthesizer. A fine and interesting album. Stream and buy Signs of Synthesis at the link below.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Hello We're Not Enemies is the new album from Milan based artist Novanta, aka Manfredi Lamartina. Released on Seashell Records, the seven tracks are expertly crafted post-punk, with an intimate feel and compelling sound. While the album bristles with a myriad of post-punk influences and well used instrumental cliches, Novanta transcends this to deliver an album that sounds fresh and original. This is a must have. Stream and buy Hello We're Not Enemies at the link below.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Feels Like Five Days, by M is WE, is the latest release in the Silber Records 5 songs in 5 minutes series. The tracks are dark, heavy, post punk and definitely leave the listener wanting more. With influences from The Clash to The Ramones, the tracks are pure post punk goodness. The 5 in 5 series has been one of the more interesting label series in recent years, with a myriad of exciting content. Stream and buy Feels Like Five Day at the link below.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
A month ago we brought you Faza A, the debut release from Polish drone ensemble 7faz. Today we have their followup, Faza B. The three tracks span over 30 minutes and feature many conventional instruments such as guitar, sax and drums, along with the obligatory synths. This yields an ambient sound that is richer and more familiar to the ear, while conjuring a more melodic vibe. There is a great a great backstory to this album about being inspired by notes from a submarine captain, which you can read on the Bandcamp page. 7faz has become one of our favorite ambient groups. Stream and buy Faza B at the link below.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Full Body Aawareness is the new EP from Amherst, MA punk band Derive. The five tracks blend elements of of classic punk, harcore and rap-rock, with a theatrical vibe, resulting in an inventive and original EP. The EP is raw and in your face, with each track having a sense of uncontrolled urgency, like the whole thing is going to explode at any moment. This is a great EP and shows that punk can still be vital and unexpected. Stream and download Full Body Awareness at the link below.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Singer/songwriter and Russian Winter Records head, Ric Gordon is back with, Songs for Her, his first live album and most personal work to date. Featuring only acoustic guitar and vocals, the seven tracks are a testament to love and loss, delivered in the stark, intimate setting of a solo live acoustic performance. Recorded with three mics set up to capture the ambient aspect of vocals and guitar, Gordon delivers an album that recreates the live experience, with all elements bare for the listener to hear. No retakes, no pitch correction, just an artist at his most basic. A definite must have. Stream and buy Songs for Her at the link below.