Skeleton House is the sophomore full length release from North Carolina band Crooked Ghost. The eight tracks blend a post-punk aesthetic, with a dream pop vibe to deliver an album that is atmospheric, dark and edgy. A raw sonic texture, gives over to melodic instrumental and vocal passages that display ample depth and artistry, while maintaining an angsty post-punk persona. This is an album that will drawn one in and continue to engage across repeated plays. A definite must have. Watch the video for album track Sleepwalker, then stream and buy Skeleton House at the link below.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Finding Beauty In Chaos is an album like no other. Curated by L.A.guitarist Michael Ciravolo, President of Schecter Guitar Research and produced by Grammy nominated Ministry producer Michael Rozon. The album as a band includes contributions from members of The Cure, Cheap Trick, Ministry, The Mission, The Offspring, Van Halen and many more, with Tish Ciravolo, Daisy Guitars founder, providing vocals on the track Look Up. As one might expect, what you'll hear across the fourteen tracks is a rock masterpiece of epic proportions. This is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Finding Beauty In Chaos at the link below.
Monday, December 10, 2018
The Celestial Ritual is the sophomore album from electronic duo Tunnelvisions, on Netherlands label Atomnation. The eleven tracks take the listener on an electronica journey through the instrumental stories of eleven mythical chieftains. The tracks are original takes on synthpads, arrangements and textures. With a nice beat throughout to keep things moving, the tracks are club ready, while still being musically inventive and interesting. This album will appeal to those into EDM, house and a wide array of electronic forms. Stream and buy The Celestial Ritual at the link below.
After more than a decade in limbo, Sparks Fly From A Kiss release their 2005 recordings, The Swell. The ten tracks are dense, heavy shoegaze, with nice melodic touches and an edgy noisey vibe. This album is one of those lost gems that surface occasionally from bands that were mostly overlooked when they were active, but should not have been. This is a great collection of songs that have it all, a dark sheen, strong hooks, deep fuzzy aesthetic and are powerful yet intimate. To say this record is an absolute must have is an understatement. This is absolutely a band you should know and turn others onto. Watch the videos for album tracks I Can't Sleep and Hot Garbage, then stream and buy The Swell at the link below.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Something More is the new EP from London folkrock band Bear Paw. The five tracks tend more to the rock side than the folk and are nice and twangy. The songs are catchy lyrically and move right along with a driving beat. Compelling arrangements and harmonies finish off an EP that is likely to live on repeat. This is music to listen to when you're going somewhere and need a musical companion to share the ride with. Just a good, fun record. Stream and buy Something More at the link below.
Heart On Fire is the new single from Miami based singer/songwriter Megan Morrison. The track will grab you by the cajones and not let go. It is one part Mitski, one part Polica and one part Evanescence. Put that all together and you get a heavy, melodic burner, with a dense sonic vibe and powerful vocals. There's a sultry darkish feel and the whole thing is a perfect vehicle for this singer, model and...fire dancer. This is Morrison's first single since her debut EP with the band Dorothy's Surrender two years ago and we can't wait to hear more. Stream and buy Heart On Fire at the link below.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Mirror Song b/w Peach is the new single from UK band Burning House. The two tracks blend a noise rock aesthetic, with a dense shoegaze bed, to deliver a sound that is all encompassing. With a nod to bands like Swervedriver and the Jesus and Mary Chain, these two songs are compelling glimpses of their long awaited album, Anthropocene, due in early 2019. This is a great band, delivering two tracks that have it all. Stream and buy Mirror Song b/w Peach at the link below.
Summer of Death is the debut full length album from Toronto altcountry band LeBarons. The album is produced by Canadian music stalwart John Dinsmore (Great Lakes Swimmers, Elliot Brood, Kathleen Edwards) and Cone McCaslin. The eleven tracks are arousing, stylish, collection of goodness from a band deep in vocal, lyrical and instrumental chops. This is an album so good it makes you happy to listen to it, with plenty of variety and a compelling sound that will see this becoming a staple on anyone's earbuds. This is a definite must have. Stream and buy Summer of Death at the link below.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Visual Snow is the debut solo album from Canadian singer/songwriter Sandro Manzon. The fourteen tracks bath the listener in superlative progressive folk that is melodically complex yet accessible, instrumentally varied and stylistically adventurous. Few albums of such length can deliver throughout, but there is no filler here. This is an album by an artist fully realized in his vision and showing a musical maturity the belies this as a debut release. This is an album of both breadth and depth, and is a definite must have. Watch the video for album track The Ivy Trees, then stream and buy Visual Snow at the link below.
Berlin based artist Fredrik Kinbom has long been an FZB favorite and continues to impress with his new album Songs for Lap Steel and Harmonium. The eleven tracks are an avant garde vision into progressive folk music. With unique song structures, imaginative instrumentation and arrangements, Kinbom explores the fringes of Bohemian musings. Dark and unexpected, the tracks play out like musically choreographed literary pieces of poetic explorations from the edge. This is an album of originality that takes chances musically and lyrically, once again exposing Kinbom as an artist of depth and vision. Watch the album trailer, then stream and buy Songs for Lap Steel and Harmonium at the link below.