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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Routes: In This Perfect Hell

Over the six years we have been publishing FZB, UK indie label Dirty Water Records have grown to be a world class purveyor of tight, edgy records. Their latest release, In This Perfect Hell, the new album by Japan based punk rockers The Routes, continues there fine curatorial tradition. The ten tracks are twangy, hard edged and perfect. We love this record and it has been on continual play in the blog office since we first heard it. This is everything rock needs to be, nuff said. Buy it or be damned. Stream and buy In this Perfect Hell at the link below.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Red Gaze: Red Gaze

It's no secret that we love punk here at the blog and label. We love the simplicity, we love the authenticity, we love that punk keeps rock alive in its truest and most vibrant form, and we love that the debut s/t EP from Red Gaze embodies all of those qualities. Stark, raw and edgy, with grinding yet melodic guitars, no prisoners rhythm section and anthemic vocals, this is as perfect a debut as one could imagine.This is a must have. Stream and buy Red Gaze at the link below.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Four Star Riot: Beautiful Soul Video

Back in December, we reviewed the new album from FZB favorites Four Star Riot. Today, we have a new video for the stunning album track Beautiful Soul. Watch it below and go to the blog archives for the album review and link to get their music.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Someday: This Doesn't Exist

This Doesn't Exist is the debut album from Italian Indie rock band Someday. The ten tracks are dark post-punk, with a bit of an atmospheric edge. Channeling influences from Sparklehorse, Joy Division and Plecebo, the band delivers a thoroughly contemporary album with a sonic presence that grabs the listener and never lets go. Sublime dynamic changes, artful performances, tasteful production and nimble imagination abound on this winner of an album. Watch the video for album track Last Lesson, then stream and buy This Doesn't Exist at the link below.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The William Shakes: How Goes The Night

How Goes The Night is the debut EP from The William Shakes. A concept project of artist/producer Mark McGettrick, the 5 tracks see lines from Shakespeare characters isolated and taken out of context, then paired with catchy indie rock, in a new and original treatment of the bard's work that we feel he would dig. McGettrick has done a masterful job of bringing classic prose to a new depth of performance and deserves immense credit for the sheer quality of this undertaking. This EP is an absolute must have. Stream and buy How Goes The Night at the link below.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Karman Voh: Ill Loam

Boston based artist/producer Anda Volley has been a great favorite here at the blog and label for the last four years, with her original, quirky and stunning sense of style and melody. We are thrilled to now receive news that she has joined the ranks of impresario, by launching her own imprint Bos Volta Records. The label's first release is Ill Loam, the inspired debut from Karman Voh, the duo of Paul Koskins and Charles Perrone. With a sound that is a blend of all the best influences from Radiohead, The Knife and Tim Hecker, the eleven tracks carve out an experimental post-punk niche that is both original and compelling. This album is a definite must have. Watch the video for album track Air Raid Out, then stream and buy Ill Loam at the link below.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Goodman: The Vicissitudes

Brooklyn collective, Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen, brings us The Vicissitudes, the latest album from prolific garage pop band Goodman, aka the recording project of NYC based Michael Goodman. Goodman records have graced FZB many times, and with this new release we find the band as rocking, twangy and irreverent as ever. The twelve tracks spew genre bending goodness, ranging from influences such as the Zombies, to post-punk musings, to Britpop elegance. Another strong release from this talented singer/songwriter. Stream and buy The Vicissitudes at the link below.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cavegreen: Vita Lucida

Vita Lucida is the sophomore release from Olympia, Washington based Cavegreen, aka the duo of Eleanor Murray and GianLuca Bucci. The nine tracks offer up multitudes of ethereal synthpop. With a sound that is darker and less glitzy than Chvrches and with more atmospheric depth than Purity Ring, Cavegreen carve out their own unique sonic niche. The album has ample melodic flair and a nice feeling of movement propelling the tracks forward.  Watch the videos for album tracks Sun and Witches Dream and then stream and buy Vita Lucida at the link below.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Animic: Skin

Skin is the new album from Animic on Barcellona indie label BCore Disc. The 8 tracks are dark and industrial tinged. Heavy, melodic synths, and the occasional dance beat, are paired with smooth atmospheric vocals that deliver lyrics marked by the world's inhumanity and indifference. This album marks a strong break with the band's sound on their two previous releases, but also marks a sonic evolution that both those LP's gestured towards. This is the band's strongest effort to take and marks their emergence into a fully actualized haunting synthpop band. A definite must have. Stream and buy Skin at the link below.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Outlander: Take Turns b/w I'll Get Mine Too

UK band Outlander bring us Take Turns b/w I'll Get Mine Too, an adventurous new two track EP. Instrumental rock has always been an art form that has never quite found acceptance. While instrumental electronic music garners a wide audience, instrumental rock languishes in the footnotes as an afterthought of what might have been. Outlander shows their strength and depth by venturing into this instrumental wasteland with an inspired look at what instrumental rock can rise to in the hands of masters. The EP has a sonic breadth that takes the listener through heavy passages and beautiful extended softer interludes. This is just a wonderful record and should be given the chance to find its way. Stream and download Take Turns b/w I'll Get Mine Too at the link below.