Friday, May 27, 2016

Colornoise: She Was Machine

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Costa Rican noise rock band and FZB favorites, Colornoise are back with a new single, She Was Machine, as a preview of their upcoming album. The track is absolutely huge! Huge vocals, huge guitars, huge drums, make this track powerful enough to take the paint off your walls. It is as perfect a single rock track, as we have heard this year. The band just gets better with every release. This is a definite must have. Stream She Was Machine at the link below.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sciencevision: States Of Vividity

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Indiana based band Sciencevision have released a massive eighteen track album, States Of Vividity. The tracks unfortunately are unintelligible. Many bands have used a lo-fi sound to convery the rawness and edginess of their music. For this album, the band has used lo-fi as an overriding sound statement and it frankly sucks. On this album, lo-fi, is simply terrible production, which hides the music, diminishes the songs that are there somewhere, but are totally destroyed by the misguided production values. This could have been a good album, but we will never know. Stream and download States Of Vividity at the link below.



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Forrest Managment/Dominic Coppola: Opening Night

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Opening Night is the just released split cassette from Forrest Management, aka John Daniel and FZB favorite Dominic Coppola. The two extended works weave together a journey through ambient landscapes of melody and texture, subtlety and starkness. The pieces are always moving, yet are transfixed in the experience with the listener in an intimate, aurally evocative way. Musically adept, and with pristine production, the album is a must have. Stream and buy Opening Night at the link below.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sounds of Sputnik: New Born

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New Born is the latest album from Russian shoegaze artist, Sounds of Sputnik. The thirteen tracks are dense and heavy, with plenty of edge to go around. With a sound that will appeal to those who like the Catherine Wheel and Lush, the album has plenty of goodness, Stream and buy New Born at the link below.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wilder Gonzales Agreda: Scala Mega Hertz

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Based in Limsa, Peru, artist/producer Wilder Gonzales Agreda has released his new album, Scala Mega Hertz, on Superspace Records. The seven tracks are unique and original experimental music, featuring drones, synths and a myriad of sounds that defy definition. Stark, atonal and glitchy, the album is a sonic journey of the imagination that swings from noise to harmony, from dissonance melody. Stream and buy Scala Mega hertz at the link below.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Harold Nono: Ideeit

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Ideeit is the new album by Harold Nono, released on Scotish indie label Bearsuit Records. This record, Nono's fifth, is the elctronic ambient world equivalent to classical music. It has a true symphonic sense in terms of camparisons such as gret "modern" composer Charles Ives. The tracks on this album are complex thematically, but yet melodic and accessible. Evoking different moods and textures Nono brings together a masterwork, worthy of any concert hall. Stream and buy Ideeit at the link below.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Don Vail: Fades

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Ontario band Don Vail have released their sophomore album, Fades. The eight tracks are tight, energetic indie rock, with some of the tastiest songs that have passed through our ears in a while. This album is marked by sterling production and an overall sound that just demands the listeners attention. just one of the best sounding albums this year. This is a must have. Watch the video for the standout single Personal League and then stream and download Fades at the link below.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Crystal Soda Cream: Command Control Video

FZB favorites, Crystal Soda Cream, have released a new video for their track Command Control. The track is from their latest album, Work and Velocity, which we featured on April 22nd. Watch the video below and scroll down the page to see our review of the album:

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Red Hill Valleys: The Red Hill Valleys

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Canadian group, The Redhill Valleys, have just released their self titled debut album. The twelve tracks take the classic 1970's L.A. sound and update it into an indie folk sound of superlative beauty. With tight harmonies, and classic singer/songwriter styling, that towers above an indie scene, where folk rock is locked into the mundane repetitions of of the same cliches. This album is a must have. Stream and buy The Red Hill Valleys at the link below.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

7faz: Faza A

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Faza A is the debut EP from Polish band 7faz. The two tracks span over 18 minutes of music, from this nine member ensemble. With droning sitar, heavy guitar, ambient vibes and dark synth pads, the EP is a bit of a mishmash of sound. More of a tonal poem stylistically than cohesive songs, this EP is for listeners that like their music experiment and unique, without the need for obvious melody or conventional structures. Stream and buy Faza A at the link below.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Great Outdoors: Dad's Oasis

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Dad's Oasis is the debut album from Australian band, Great Outdoors. The nine tracks are characterized by silky smooth indie rock, with lush melodic guitars and intimate vocals. The music is understated, content to be followed, rather than to lead. This gives the songs a personal feel, to match their sonic expression. A very solid debut record. Watch the video for title tracks Dad's Oasis, then stream and buy the album at the link below.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Crystal Shipsss: Holly

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Readers of this blog will be familiar with FZB favorite Jacob Faurholt and his Crystal Shipsss project. Faurholt is a prolific singer/ songwriter, with an impeccable sense of melody, production and song construction. He has now released his fourth Crystal Shipsss album, Holly. The eight tracks again show a serene pop sensibility with wonderful songs of love and longing, all with a slight lo-fi sheen. Faurholt has been one of or favorite artists for almost the entire 5 year life of this blog, having first graced our pages in September of 2011. This is an artist you should continue to support, or discover if you haven't yet, with this must have new album. Stream and download Holly, at the link below.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Neurotic Wreck: Priceless, Bloody Priceless

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Priceless, Bloody Priceless is the new EP from UK artist Neurotic Wreck, aka Dan Shea. The five tracks are raw, edgy, and dark. Channeling influences from Chis Isaak to Joy Division, Shea leads the listener effortless through an EP of varied musical styles, with deep lyrical messages and an original sound that is both compelling and engaging. This is a must have EP. Stream and download Priceless, Bloody Priceless.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Saigon Blue Rain: Noire Psyche

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Noire Psyche is the new album from Paris band Saigon Blue Rain. The ten tracks suspend the listener in dark, ethereal dreampop. Soaring on atmospheric vocals, deep synth pads and lush guitar melodies, the album shimmers in beauty and intimacy. Saigon Blue Rain creates moods for love and longing, on an album that is a must have. Stream and buy Noire Psyche at the link below.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lullabier: Lost In Translation

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FZB favorite Lullabier is back with Lost In Translation, his new album of songs reimagined. The album features nine tracks from previous releases translated to English and rerecorded with only vocals, acoustic guitar and an ambient accompaniment. Starkly beautiful, engaging and intimate, this is our favorite thing that Lullabier has done. A masterpiece that is a must have. Stream and download Lost In Translation at the link below.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Silver Pools: Memoirs of an Oblong Sphere

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Canadian label UR Audiovisual has released Memoirs of an Oblong Sphere, the new album by Silver Pools. The solo work of Canadian music scene veteran Todd Macdonald, the eleven tracks offer a highly original journey through a seamless melding of genres. With elements of post punk, folk and synth pop, Macdonald delivers a stunning look at the breadth and depth available to talented artists with minds open to create beauty in new ways. One of the best albums of the year so far. Stream and buy Memoirs of an Oblong Sphere at the link below.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Horse Lords: Interventions

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Baltimore based experimental band Horse Lords have released their third album, Interventions. The nine tracks are dense, innovative affairs, for those that like their rock progressive. Complex guitar and sax lines interweave with inventive rhythm patters to deliver a music experience that swirls around you, rising and falling in an ever changing palette of tones, dynamics and melodies. Stream and buy Interventions at the link below.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dust Covered Carpet: Drown in Gentle Sea

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KIM Records is releasing Drown in Gentle Sea, the final EP from Austrian indie rock band Dust Covered Carpet. After nine years, the band has called it quits. They leave us with five tracks of dark, powerful music, with their signature orchestral touches. To listen to the EP, is to embrace a conceptual piece that mirrors the band's existence, which flows from a strong opening statement to an emotional finale. This is a must have. Stream and buy Drown in Gentle Sea at the link below.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Manon Meurt: Manon Meurt

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Toronto's Label Obscura is reissuing the S/T debut EP from Czech Republic based shoegaze band Manon Meurt. This marks the band's first North American release. The six tracks are a heady collection that shows influences from My Bloody Valentine to Lush. Dark, atmospheric and edgy, the EP showcases one of the best bands to come out of Eastern Europe. This EP is an important must have for any aficionado of shoegaze. Stream and buy Manon Meurt at the link below.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gioumourtzina: Blakk Metall

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Greek label Inner Ear Records brings us Blakk Metall, the debut album by Gioumourtzina. The eight tracks are totally unique in their sound. With influences from the Mediterranean and Middle East, blended with shoegaze and synthpop, what one gets is a totally compelling and original music experience. Dark, glitchy and atmospheric, this album is a must have. Stream and buy Blakk Metall at the link below.