Friday, May 22, 2015

Lykanthea: Parturition Video

Today we have a real treat. A new video from FZB favorite Lykanthea, aka artist/producer Lakshmi Ramgopal. The track is Parturition, off her stunning EP, reviewed here earlier in the year, Migration and the video was filmed and directed in Italy by Austrian artist Krist Mort. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Malka: The Constant State

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NYC psychedelic band Malka have dropped their new EP, The Constant State. The songs are evocative both musically and lyrically, touching on metaphysical, existential and interpersonal subject matter with an honesty that resonates to an emotional core. Their music is a reflection of the triumph and tragedy of the world, compelling us to look deeper into the realms of our consciousness. Malka is trying to stretch the concept of songs to make them sound more like emotional lapses of time. Stream and buy The Constant State at the link below.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dathon: Abiogenetic

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Abiogenetic is the new album from Chicago artist/producer Dathon, aka Donovan Corey Lyons. The album is a weird, soundscapey ambient/experimental project full of 'accidental' sounds that were combined, twisted, and manipulated to become an hour long piece of music. The album transports the listener through space and time into a musical realm of sounds both familiar and ethereal. Stream and download Abiogenetic at the link below.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Various Artists: Kaiju Temple

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Today we have another fine experimental noise and drone compilation from North Carolina's Silber Records. The album is meant to be listened to as a soundtrack to the giant monster comic Terra Kaiju.
The eighteen tracks encompass the artists Small Life Form, Chvad SB, Goddakk, IANTH, Clang Quartet, Dathon, Electric Bird Noise, Baptizer, Bryce Eiman, Emperor Sumo, M is We, Mhek, Blues Alias, Llarks, Promute, The Band That Wouldn't Die, Northern Valentine and Remora, with each giving a unique interpretation of the Kaiju theme. This album is a must have. Stream and buy Kaiju Temple at the link below.

Monday, May 18, 2015

This Heel: II

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II is, unsurprisingly, the second release from Swedish artist This Week, aka Martin Månsson Sjöstrand, the from man for Dog. Paper, Submarine. The eight tracks are a blend of psychedelic influences and channeling of the Beatles. Simple and quirky, the album has a lo-fi ambience and a bedroom feel. The tracks also have an underperformed aesthetic that adds to the intimacy of the experience. Stream and download II at the link below.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Lullatone: The Sounds of Spring

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The Sounds of Spring is the new album from FZB favorite Lullatone. The ten tracks are light, airy and joyous, making the album title come alive in the music. Simple melodies and arrangements belie a musical depth that is creatively uplifting. Lullatone have crafted a sound over more than a dozen releases that never fails to satisfy. Stream and buy The Sounds of Spring at the link below.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Various Artists: Make Some Noise

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North Carolina label, Silber Records, brings us a new experimental music compilation, Make Some Noise. The album features work by M is We, Electric Bird Noise, fornever, Small Life Form, Ted Johnson, Philip James Fox, Baptizer and The Band that Wouldn't Die. The album showcases the diversity of styles & talents of the underground music scene of the Carolinas. A must have for any discerning music afficianado. Stream and download Make Some Noise at the link below.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dominic Coppola: Vogue Meditations

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Vogue Meditations is the debut EP from noise/ambient producer Dominic Coppola on Atrium Records. The four tracks are dense with organic noise, field recordings and ambient textures. Streaming through the either to induce altered states of sonic consciousness, the recordings are works requiring focus, rather than casual listening. Deeply rooted nuances rush at your senses, while noise is a continual partner to your experience. Stream and buy Vogue Meditations at the link below.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Killwave: Death By Distortion

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After a five year wait, Chicago band Killwave is back with a new album, Death By Distortion. The eight tracks take radio ready alt-rock paired with post-punk sensibilities and electronic flourishes to serve up an album as big as the city that spawned it. Course, heavy and dark, the album defies any room to contain it. Watch the video for album track Shake, then stream and buy Death By Distortion at the link below.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Knifight: V

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More than anything else, Austin, TX is known for music, and some of the best is made by Knifight. Their latest album, V, has a huge sound that blends the best of electronic and post-punk into a masterful dynamic work. The band of John Gable, Patrick Marshall, Nick Garrison, John Hetherington and Nick Cogdill deliver seven tracks of inovative and original music big enough to rock a stadium and yet intimate enough to draw one in deeply. This album is a must have. Stream and buy V at the link below.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mike Waters: Life EP

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Life is the debut EP from Australian singer/songwriter Mike Waters. The four tracks are a slick blend of folk rock with hook laden pop and radio ready production. Much of the music is formulaic, but Water's vocals and lyrics shine through the predictability. Nothing adventurous here, just straight up pop songs with all the expected musical clichés. Watch the video for EP single Gambling Man and then stream and buy Life at the link below.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Timberwolf: Flux

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Flux is the new EP from Australian singer/songwriter Timberwolf, aka Chris Panousakis. The five tracks mark Panousakis' first record with a full band, but are still lead by his strong vocals. The EP is heavier, darker and sees the artist progressing, with his music towering over the listener. This EP is a must have. Watch a video for the track Whiskey Jar, then stream and buy Flux at the link below.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eyes Behind The Veil: Besides

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Besides is the debut album from artist/producer Eyes Behind The Veil, aka Michael Tenzer of Chicago band Savage Sister. The album is a hazy, washed out dreamtime created with guitar, synths and vocals, all heavily drowned in a syrup of delay, reverb, chorus and some distortion for good measure. The production is lo-fi and the pitches are bent to bring even more texture to it. The album shows influences of the likes of Grouper, Benoit Pioulard,  Brian Eno and Cocteau Twins. Stream and download Besides at the link below.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Kinjac: Possession

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Kinjac is the eclectic electro-rock project of artist producer Michael O'Shea. His new two track EP Possession, was recorded in a small family house converted to a recording studio, outside of Ashville North Carolina. O'Shea discovered that the house was severely haunted and from his encounters with the occult, Possession was the result. Stream and download Possession at the link below.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Deekie: Solitaire

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Solitaire is the new EP frtom London based outfit Deekie. The three tracks combine field recordings, synth pads and beats into enlightened, darkish synthpop. Ethereal and atmospheric, the drone like elements frame compelling melodies in blankets of sonic warmth, piecing together field recordings and analogue vibrations with lurid bass and girl-boy vocals. This EP is a must have. Stream and buy Solitaire at the link below.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Colornoise: Amalie

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After a two year wait, Costa Rican band Colornoise is back with a new track, Amalie. The track is an advance look at their new EP, which will be out toward the end of the year. Amalie sees the band back with their sterling brand of infectious indie rock. If this track is any indication, the new EP will be tremendous and well worth the wait. Stream Amalie at the link below.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Red Cosmos: Dreaming In Unison

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Dreaming In Unison is the sophomore album from UK synthpop artist Red Cosmos, aka Kim Tortoise. The twelve tracks have an unmistakable 80's feel, but are far from retro pieces. The album is a thoroughly modern take on retro themes, with fresh synth sounds, tasteful production and songs that are stylish and interesting, like a personal invitation to explore the artist's life. This is a record everyone should give a listen to. Stream, download for free, or better yet buy the limited edition CD at the link below.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ruth & Trudy: Still Pond Songs

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Today we have our second installment from Slovakian label Z Tapes. Still Pond Songs is the new album from Texas artist Ruth & Trudy, aka Mitchell Young. Again we find an artist steeped in lo-fi bedroom music. Quirky, intimate and unpolished are the best way to describe Young's music. Not everyone's cup of tea and although rare, the album does have some fleeting inspired moments. Stream, download and buy the limited edition cassette at the link below.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Washboard Abs: Whateverland

The combination of a band in Anchorage, Alaska teaming up with a cassette label in Slovakia for a release is a pretty good example of how the net has changed the face of music. Today and tomorrow we are featuring releases from US bands on the Slovakian label Z Tapes. The Washboards Abs are a bedroom pop band whose latest album, Whateverland,  has a sound somewhere between Moldy Peaches and Beat Happening. The eight tracks are lo-fi, eclectic and imaginative. Stream, download or buy the limited edition cassette at the link below.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Anda Volley: My Flawless Computerized Mind

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FZB favorite Anda Volley is back with a new EP, My Flawless Computerized Mind. The five tracks see Volley exploring new musical ground, with deep industrial and noise passages, inlaid with processed vocals and synth pads. This EP is a placeholder experiment while Volley readies her next full album of indie rock. This new EP shows us an artist unafraid to push genre boundaries and to challenge listeners to unexpected sounds. Just more reason to listen to Volley and wonder what she will gift us with next Watch the video for the track Butterfly Melt, then stream and download My Flawless Computerized Mind at the link below.