London artist Birdsworth is releasing a new vinyl 7", Treat You Good b/w Oblivious. The two tracks have a slight lo-fi feel, with Treat You Good having a strong psychedelic vibe and Oblivious having a nice R&B vibe. Both tracks are catchy an upbeat with nice instrumental arrangements and strong a strong beat. Watch the video for Treat You Good then stream and buy Treat You Good b/w Oblivious at the link below.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
✧~~✧ vol. II, is the new album from artist/producer Beaches. The six tracks are radio ready synthpop, with danceable beats, a smooth sonic sheen and adventurous electronica. This album has a sublime flow, sterling production and a nice mix of unique synth pads and cliche electronic sounds. This album works from start to finish. Stream and download ✧~~✧ vol. II for free at the link below.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Berlin based artist/producer Deadbear has delivered his debut self-released album, The Trees Are Dancing. The six tracks are a varied mix of styles and rhythms, with an electronic music base and an expansive sound. The tracks range from upbeat to melancholy, but all have a vibe that moves the listener through the album as more of a journey than individual musical interludes. This is an album about cohesiveness, originality and imagination. Stream and buy The Trees Are Dancing at the link below.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Alternative Facts is a new compilation curated by Los Angeles radio station Decay FM. The station is the LA stalwart of everything shoegaze and the 18 tracks on this compilation showcase some of the best of the new crop of pedal pushers. The important part though, is that all the proceeds go to support Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. F*ck Trump, buy this album now. Stream and buy Alternative Facts at the link below.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Prolific artist/producer Monkey Warhol is back with another two track EP, Import/Export. Utilizing noise as the primary ambient driver, the EP explores a wall of sound type sonic immersion to both generate dissonance and a soothing spatial experience, where noise is both friend and foe. Try it for yourself. Stream and download Import/Export at the link below.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
New Jersey based reggae artist Blindman, aka derek Gazal, has released his debut album, See With Your Heart. The seven tracks are reggae laden pop with touches of hip and other genres thrown in. The album is enjoyable, but the hip hop seems forced an overall, there is a lack of originality to hold on to. See what you think. Watch the video for album track Lonely Road, then stream and download at the link below.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
مخابرات / Intelligence is the new album from Joint D≠, on Sorry State Records. The eleven tracks are total no holds barred punk. You know the kind...hardcore, smash the asshole neighbor's windshield, get thrown out of the bar...punk. Just go buy it MF's. Stream and buy مخابرات / Intelligence at the link below.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Chicago multi-instrumentalist, Wes John Cichosz, has released a masterpiece sophomore album, The Moon Threads A Needle. The thirteen tracks are a brilliant blend of melodic structures, rhythmic patterns, compelling vocals, and instrumental performances that take the breath away. The album moves through the blending of folk, jazz and rock, like a figure skater cutting beautiful patterns in the ice. This is the best album of the year so far for us, and may well end up our favorite album for the year, period. Stream and buy The Moon Threads A Needle at the link below.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Brooklyn based Vassals, are back with their new EP, Halogen Days. The four tracks are stark and edgy, channeling the kind of feel that John Lennon got on his solo projects. Creating that Lennonesque vibe speaks to the band's talent and vision. This EP is compelling on every level and creates a totally engulfing dark sonic experience. This is a must have. Stream and buy Halogen Days at the link below.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Copenhagen based band Demon Head have released their sophomore album, Thunder on the Fields, via Swedish label The Sign Records. The seven tracks continue their penchant for dark, sinister sounding post-punk, The band takes a stark sonic vibe, while maintaining a sparse, intimate feel to the tracks. This is a group that have forged a unique sound and an original niche. Stream and buy Thunder on the Fields at the link below.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
FZB favorites The Bordellos are back with Underground Tape Vol. 6. The four track EP is a collection of radio sessions and unreleased tracks, which give us a more internal look at this prolific UK group. The songs are raw and edgy, as always for the Bordellos, and also features a duet with Dee Claw from American cult garage band Persian Claws. The Bordellos are always a good bet for enjoyable records. Stream and download Underground Tape Vol. 6 for free at the link below.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Part Time Punks Sessions is the new album from San Francisco based electronic trio Inhalt. This album had us from the very first note. The eight tracks channel all the best vibes from 80's new wave, while delivering an album that is so sonically interesting, it was almost like a drug that engulfed the senses in a totally immersive trip. If you're into new wave and synthpop, this album is as good as it gets and is an absolute must have. Watch the video for album tracks Walking On Glass, then stream and buy Part Time Punks Sessions at the link below.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Bad Horses is the debut full length from Lyon based indie rock duo Bottle Next. Released on French label Le Cri Du Charbon, the eleven tracks recall influences such as Cream. Rocking and driving, the band melds elements from alt-rock, metal and math rock into a potent blend that is both original and retro. No small feat. This is as solid a rock album as anyone would want and a must have. Watch the video for album track Choices, then stream and buy Bad Horses at the link below.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Greek label, Inner Ear Records, brings us, Hotshot, the sophomore album from indie rock band Whereswilder. The vocals recall the sound of Stars, but this band is heavier, with elements of math rock and a nice, albeit quite derivative, retro feel. The guitars are definitely the standouts on this album, with a sterling melodic sense and strong chops. As a whole though, the album is solid, but yet unremarkable. Stream and buy Hotshot at the link below.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Wych Elm is the latest album from Buffalo, NY based Orations. The eleven tracks are completely compelling post-punk anthems. The first thing that will hit the listener is the absolutely huge vocals of Jess Collins, who's style is reminiscent of Florence Welch. The instrumentals are driving, with plenty of twang and you'll get one of the tightest drummers we've heard in a long time. Taken together, what you have is an album that is super strong from start to finish. Watch the video for album track Oh, The Horror!, then stream and buy Wych Elm at the link below.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Departures Vol. 1 is the new album from Toronto's North Atlantic Drift. The duo of Mike Abercrombie and Brad Deschamps deliver over an hour of music across twelve tracks, that include two live tracks. The album features dark ambient textures with a pervasive atmospheric vibe. Lush, but not cluttered, the deep synthpads feel snug like a warm hug. Crisp production caps of this superlative album. Watch the videos for album tracks Dream Sequence and Pretense, then stream and buy Departures Vol. 1 at the link below.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Dutch artist producer David Douglas is back with his sophomore full length, Spectators Of The Universe, on Amsterdam based label Atomnation. The ten tracks glide through synthpop and mild house electronica, with analogue pads, an abundance of melodic elements and some disco laced R&B vibes. More mainstream and less experimental, the album none the less showcases an accomplished producer finding a solid musical niche. Polished beats, cliche sounds and a light touch make this a radio ready album for those that want their music easy rather than adventurous. Stream and buy Spectators of the Universe at the link below.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Tolerance Ends, Love Begins is the third album from North Carolina indie rockers The Pinkerton Raid. With a sound similar to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the nine tracks are zealous toe tappers that make you want to shake your fanny in pure enjoyment. Sultry, spontaneous and catchy, with striking vocals and instrumental arrangements, this is a band that needs to be on everyone's radar. Stream and buy Tolerance Ends, Love Begins at the link below.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Small Bear Records is releassing Sonic Rabbit Hole, the debut EP from Istanbul post-punk band Reptillians From Andromeda. The five tracks are edgy, noise laced affairs that will appeal to listeners of bands like Vivian Girls, Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney. This is a band best heard at 2:00am in a dark, smokey room, where the vibe is real and the volume is loud. This EP is a must have. Stream and buy Sonic Rabbit Hole at the link below.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The Copenhagen based indie label, Raw Onion Records, headed by FZB favorite Jacob Faurholt, is releasing the new S/T EP from Younolovebunny, aka singer/songwriter Claus Frohlich. The five tracks are fuzzy, twangy post punk, with a decidedly lo-fi vibe and new wave aesthetic. After over a decade of music making, Frohlich still walks the raw edge with style and a retro swagger. Watch the video for EP track Only Love, then stream and buy Younolovebunny at the link below.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A Tree Grows is the S/T debut album from this Brooklyn based jazz ensemble. The twelve tracks are an impressive mix of instrumental styles and vibes. Inspired solos, and tight group explorations. Superlative improvisation is the hallmarks of this collaboration of talented and experienced jazz purveyors. An especially interesting feature is the interplay between saxophonist Tivon Pennicot and trumpeter Duane Eubanks. This album is an absolute must have. Watch the videos for album tracks Wau Wau Water and A Tree grows then stream and buy A Tree Grows at the link below.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Black Fjords is the S/T debut album from the Vienna based band, on Austrian indie label Wilhelm Show Me The Major Label. The seven tracks are post-punk in the vein of Kathleen Hanna, with sonic elements from bands like The Jam and more recently Bleaches thrown in for good measure. A solid debut that keeps you bopping from start to finish. Stream and download Black Fjords at the link below.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Fader is the debut EP from Italian band Electric Floor, on Naples based label Vipchoyo Sound Factory. The five tracks are firmly rooted in 80's new wave, channeling influences from Psychedelic Furs and Echo & The Bunnymen. The EP is dark and atmospheric, with a pureness of authenticity to the retro vibe. Watch the video for EP track Bluedive and then stream and buy Fader at the link below.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Big Domino Vortex is the debut EP from Human Colonies on Italian label MiaCameretta Records. The six tracks are dense, heavy affairs, with an intense post-punk vibe and ample noise. A dark vibe pervades and descends on the listener making for a listening experience that matches the intensity of the music. Watch the video for EP track Sirio, then stream and buy Big Domino Vortex at the link below.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Daybreak is the debut full length from London based Divisionists. The 12 tracks are a blend of psychedelia, with a post-punk sheen. Twangy, melodic and interesting, the band manages to simultaneously sound retro and completely modern. The album has a nice slightly lo-fi vibe and will appeal to a wide variety of listening preferences from Big Star, to Teenage Fanclub, to Bob Mould. Watch an imaginative animated video for album track Say Can You and then stream and buy Daybreak at the link below.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Bow is the debut solo EP from Honey & the 45's frontwoman Kristina Cottone. The five tracks are a lustrous blend of soulful, bluesy vocals, varied instrumental vibes, stunning songs and crisp production. Cottone has a voice that is compelling on every level. As debuts go, this one is as perfect as they get. This is an artist everyone needs to know and the EP is a must have. Stream and buy Bow at the link below.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
We are very excited to have Trickling Light, the new album from FZB favorite Anda Volley on the blog today. Volley is no stranger to regulars readers here and her new album continues to show her growth and evolution as an artist. The two tracks have her branching out into more defined ambient, new age terrain. Devoid of her usual vocal and guitar driven experimental indie, these tracks showcase Volley as the accomplished producer that she has developed into through her myriad of works. This album is a must have. Stream and download Trickling Light at the link below.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Motivacancy is the fourth EP from Tacoma indie band The Variety Hour. Released on Swoon Records, the six tracks are firmly in the alt rock vein, but yet are not mere formula music. The EP showcases a band that has done the impossible, and found a unique and original sound in that otherwise worn genre. Fresh, dynamic and heavy, this EP has everything one could ever want, including an imaginative title. Stream and buy Motivacancy at the link below.
Friday, March 17, 2017
One String Inspiration is the new benefit compilation album dedicated to Syrian Relief. featuring 28 artists, spanning different genres, the album delivers two hours of sublime goodness. As a driving feature on the album, each artist was challenged to incorporate a homemade instrument or found object, that could be processed in any way, but had to be prominently featured in the mix. What results is an album that is compelling musically, crafted for an equally compelling cause. This is a must have. Stream and buy One String Inspiration at the link below.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Latigo Canta is the new album from Madrid based instrumental group Giganto, on indie label BCore Disc. Whenever we review an instrumental rock record, it's relevant to discuss the obscurity that such releases are consigned to. While instrumental releases flourish in electronic music, rock releases suffer in anonymity. There is a reason for this. Rock, as a purely instrumental exercise, comes off sounding unfinished and this album shares that fate. While heavy and driving, it lacks any compelling melodic features to hold on to and tie it together as a cohesive work. Give it a listen and see how you feel about it. Stream and buy Latigo Canta at the link below.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
On The Other Side is the latest album from North Carolina based Sinners & Saints, the duo of Perry Fowler and Mark Baran. Cheesy band name aside, the ten tracks are roots based Americana with one foot in Appalachian style folk and the other in traditional country. Simple and inspired, the harmonies recall best of traditional music from the Folkways days, with some lush acoustic guitar parts thrown in for depth. A fine album that will appeal to any traditional folk music fan. Stream and buy On The Other Side at the link below.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The White Claw EP is the third release from Phil Reynolds and the Uncertain Futures. The EP is the solo project of indie label Small Bear Records' head honcho, Phil Reynolds. The tracks use ancient Casio keyboards and drum machines found in junk shops, to create an imaginative four part concept about a lonely crayfish searching for love. This EP is stunning musically and vocally, weaving melodic passages together into a beautiful sonic tapestry. This is one of our favorite releases of the year and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy White Claw, with all proceeds going to Refugee Action, at the link below.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Mystique is the debut album from Atlanta based artist Drive The Ghost. The six tracks are based mostly on formulaic metal that is too derivative, as is the case with most metal records nowadays. Where this album finds some legs is in the imaginative, if under performed, vocals, and unique melodic structure, both vocal and instrumental. The songs are the most original part of the record and deliver interesting arrangements and textures. Overall this is an uneven album, with good points and bad points pretty much balancing out. Give it a try and see what you think. Stream and download Mystique for free at the link below.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Regular readers of this blog know that one of our favorite indie labels is North Carolina's Silber Records. Today, we are very happy to bring you three new releases from this fine label. The albums represent the breadth and depth of the label, and deliver unique original music that ranges from Cactus Hands, the unreleased 2009 recordings from shoegazey post-punk outfit Hotel Hotel, to l'Ogic, the experimental pop psychedelia of d'Animal, and finally Antarctica, the droney shogaze laden debut from Moon Gravity. Individually or together, these releases continue the fine legacy of Silber Records' curation of great experimental music. Stream and buy these releases at the links below.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
After self releasing their debut album, Forever For Sure, last year, Brooklyn duo Laura & Greg have signed with indie label Paper Garden records and we have the proper re-release of that debut album. The eleven tracks see the duo deliver catchy pop songs, with influences from 60's pop, garage and folk, all paired with close harmonies and introspective lyrics. This is a simple, enjoyable album, that will draw one back to the days when indie was about strong performances vs production pretentiousness. Stream and buy Forever For Sure at the link below.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Austin based Mama K & The Shades have released Honey Made, their sultry debut album. Featuring the vocals of frontwoman Kelsey Garcia, backed with an absolutely killer 11-piece band, this is no mere R&B rehash. What one discovers is a super strong group of musicians that move effortlessly through blues, jazz and rock, with virtuostic lines, superlative rhythmic sense and tight performance all around. The male singer leaves a bit to be desired, but that one point aside, this is a band that deserves attention. Stream and buy Honey made at the link below.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
North Carolina indie label Sorry State Records brings us the new S/T album by Natural Causes. The eleven tracks are edgy, in your face punk, with the feel of a dank club at 2 am with everyone strung out. The album is hard and dark, with a snotty twang that embraces a dangerous sonic vibe, This is punk at it's best, right up there with Buzzcocks and The Damned, raw and unapologetic. Stream and buy Natural Causes at the link below.
Monday, March 6, 2017
In the 90's, the three albums by Halifax band Plumtree were gems of high repute in the indie underground. In more recent years their music has lived on in films and TV, such as Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Hanging Garden, Life With Derek, Numb3rs, 24 and a graphic novel by a band fan that was the inspiration for the movie Scott Pilgrim. Now, indie vinyl label, Label Obscura, has released a massive vinyl box set, as well as making all three album available for download. This is an indie rock bonanza that cannot be passed up. An absolute must have. Stream and buy Plumtree at the link below.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Austin indie rock outfit, Go Fever, have released their debut S/T album. The ten tracks are twangy, melodic and energetic affairs that feature the strong vocals of frontwoman Acey Monaro. With a sound similar to bands like Dum Dum Girls, Bleached and La Sera, Go Fever break no new ground, but do serve up a solid indie album with a definite California style surf/psych bent. Stream and buy Go Fever at the link below.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
New from Scotish label, Bearsuit Records is a split LP from Swamp Sounds and Uncle Pop & The Dumbloods. Swamp Sounds is the moniker of Japanese experimental electronic musician Yuuya Kuna, while Uncle Pop & The Dumbloods is the work of artist/producer Douglas Wallace. The ten tracks offer a diverse take on electronic music ranging from glitchy sci-fi vibes, to sublime orchestral leaning pieces. This is a great split album and is a must have for all experimental music aficionados. Stream and buy the split album and the link below.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Burning Well EP is the first release in 12 years from Isle of Man band Circus worlD. The five tracks are polished, hooky alt rock. Featuring an edgy sheen, heavy foundation and a bit of post-punk texture, this is an EP that should garner attention and a wide base of listeners. The whole EP is a bit too formula alt rock for our tastes, but if that's your thing, this will be a strong part of your listening collection. Stream and buy The Burning Well EP at the link below.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
UK duo They Called Him Zone are back with their sophomore EP, Crow Swan Wolf. Mik Davis and Steve Maloney deliver six tracks of dark synthpop/post-punk hybrid that evoke New Order and similar sounds. With atmospheric vocals, minimal beats and understated production, the tracks have a haunting sonic vibe and an edgy feel. A very solid journeyman type of record. Stream and buy Crow Swan Wolf at the link below.
Inner Ear Records has released, Half A Century Sun, the debut album from Athens based singer/songwriter The man From Managra. With a Sound somewhere between indie rock and psych folk, the eleven tracks showcase a songwriter of depth and quality. The album is a masterful work with guest appearances by such luminaries as Blaine L. Reininger (Tuxedomoon) and Jim R. White (Dirty Three, Peaches). Warm feeling, with a soft edge and unique production qualities, this album is a definite must have. Stream and buy Half A Century Sun at the link below.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Minneapolis based artist/producer Monkey Warhol has been on a mission. Every 4 or so months for the past year, he has released a five track EP, each of which is a different genre. He has gone through techno, metal, indie and now comes EP for, his look at pop. Don't be fooled though, this is not the lamestream drivel that the majors feed ya. No, this is a supremely heavy interpretation of teen angst, simple beats and melodies, served up as epic rock collections, with tongue firmly in cheek. This EP is adventurous, catchy and accomplished. This is an artist that is making an important and comelling statement that you need to get behind. Stream and download EP 4 at the link below.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Leap of Love is the latest album from New Jersey rockers Super Snake. This is an album that is hard and heavy, nothing more nothing less. Sometimes rock just needs to be brutal and Super Snake are just that, brutal. Heavy guitars, heavy bass, heavy drums and heavy vocals. Just the thing for walking up to a wall and banging your head against it as hard as you can. If you can't appreciate the totally devastating rock that is embodied on this album than we're sorry, you're just to wimpy to deserve consideration. Stream and buy Leap of Love at the link below.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Little Tortuga is the latest album from Kansas City based band Scotch Hollow. The eleven tracks are a stunning displays of vocal prowess and instrumental virtuosity. Taking roots and blues, keeping it simple, while delivering depth of performance that would rival Challenger Deep, this is a band for which the term formidable is a gross understatement. Put this music on, sit back in a nice comfortable chair, get a beer and some food, then proceed to get your ass kicked. Oh yes, hold on brother, you're goin down. To call this a must have is to say breathing is underrated. Stream and buy Little Tortuga at the link below.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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
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.