Total Squaresville is the new album from artist producer Pattern Language, aka Chris Frain. Released on UK label Happy Robot Records, the six tracks are a melodic journey through a true synthesizer album. Unlike most electronic music, where the synths are used for cliche genre sounds, this album is an exploration of the synthesizer as a bonafide orchestral instrument. The album marries sweeping melodic passages, with adventurous synth pads to deliver a sonic experience of depth and beauty. Watch the video for album track, By Time We Get There, then stream and buy Total Squaresville at the link below.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Colorful Radiation is the eleventh studio album from San Diego experimental rocker Sluka. The ten tracks are adventurous affairs, with a Bowiesque sheen that sees a stylistic blend of everything from The Flaming Lips to Keane. With that pop pedigree, one also gets plenty of edge, swagger and depth. This album is a must have. Watch the video for album track Number one, then stream and buy Colorful Radiation at the link below.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Montreal based Broken Muse, have just released their S/T debut album. Largely the work of singer/songwriter Mark Goodwin, the ten tracks are a slick take on Americana and alt-country, with superlative vocals from Mariana Gianelli. Upbeat, rock driven country, pulses with excitement, as the band takes itself through an essentially live recorded studio album. The performances are inspired and the resulting record is tight and totally compelling. This is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Broken Muse at the link below.
Monday, June 19, 2017
North Carolina's Silber Records brings us Cottage Mess, the new album from Moodring. The eight tracks are atmospheric experimental music that pushes song structure boundaries where melodic and dissonant passages interplay with unique textures. This is an album about musical exploration with a near classical feel. A must have. Stream and buy Cottage Mess at the link below.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Songs About Love and Depression is the new album from Swedish band Dark Continent. After releasing two albums from 1989 - 1993, the band reunited in 2013. The 10 tracks here showcase a band that is in touch with current music, with a sound that incorporates elements of post-punk and altrock. The songs have a radio ready feel, a familiar vibe, strong hooks and lyrics that deliver a message. Watch the video for album track Love Hate ADHD, then stream and buy Songs About Love and Depression at the link below.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Lisbon Lux Records have released Always Loved, the debut full length from Montreal artist/producer Das Mortal, aka Cristobal Cortes. The ten tracks are an imaginative interpretation of 80's synthpop. Featuring dark vocals, deep synthpads and catchy rhythms, this album is a perfect blend of old and new. Staying true to the sound developed by bands like Depeche Mode, Human League and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, the album glistens with sterling production and songs that are intimate with the listener. A definite must have. Watch the video for album track, Risking My Life, then stream and buy Always Loved at the link below.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Austin punks, Institute, are back with a new album Subordination; their fifth release and sophomore full length album, Released on Sorry State Records, the nine tracks see the band expanding out of the punk genre, with sounds that remind of classic Black Sabbath, glam rock and other influences, all the while staying true to the punk ethos. Flawless production, exceptional performances and great songs are the hallmark of this album. This is an must have that should be in everyone's collection. Stream and buy Subordination at the link below.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Eric Anders has released, Eleven Nine," a ten track anti-Trump masterpiece that sees all album proceeds donated to Lambda Legal. The album is an eloquent, considered response to the horrific election of a racist, elitist moron to the presidency. With a classic singer/songwriter sonic vibe, compelling lyrics and tasty instrumental performances, this is an album that speaks to the despair the election caused, while delivering a strong musical experience. This is a definite must have. Stream and buy Eleven Nine at the link below.
Monday, June 12, 2017
The Simian Syndrome is the debut album from Chicago duo Grape Juice Plus. Featuring Barry Bennett on drums, keys and vocals, and Eric Klotz on guitar, these guys are not the usual guitar drum rock duo like Black Keys or Japandroids. What you get is a highly original, experimental band that pushes the limits everywhere. This is an album of edgy, discordant, improvisational music, with plenty of depth, ranging from rock cliches to African tribal rhythms. This is one of the most creative albums so far this year and will challenge listeners at all levels. A definite must have. Stream and buy The Simian Syndrome at the link below.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Scottish label Bearsuit Records have released L + R, the new album from artist/producer Ippu Mitsui. The eleven tracks deliver an experimental based electro pop experience that is large with unique synth pads and interesting melodies, embedded in a package of recognizable genre sounds and cliches. With an adventurous bent and a glitchy finish, this is an electronic journey of depth and interesting sonic twists. Stream and buy L + R at the link below.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Sparkle Tip is the new EP from Chicago brother/sister duo Zigtebra, on indie label FPE Records. The five tracks are edgy, rock leaning synthpop, with a bit more depth than is usual for this genre. Originality in the songs and arrangements highlight a strong and varied album, that will appeal to a wide swath of the indie community. This is a definite must have. Stream and buy Sparkle Tip at the link below.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The rather anonymously titled EP II, is the new release from Toronto band Ruby Cikada. The six tracks roam a wide range, with sounds drawn from folk, psychedelic and indie rock, and touches of blues and jazz thrown in. What this yields is a bit of an uneven album that, while enjoyable, is also difficult to feel connected with. The production is understated and could use some real energy in the tracks. Overall a good album, but also one that will not stand out from the crowd. Stream and buy EP II at the link below.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Seconds is the debut full length from Toronto's Midnight Vesta. The nine tracks wind their way through harmony driven folk rock, exuberant indie rock and wonderful troubadour stories. One of the most compelling features of this band is they have their own musical identity, rather than being yet another Mumford clone. Crisp production and tight harmonies cap off an strong album that should be in everyone's collection. Watch the video for album track Second Chances, then stream and buy Seconds at the link below.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Cult of Sargasso is the new album from Birmingham, AL band, Dead Sea Flowers. The eight tracks are deep psychedelic experiences, but not in the way that phrase is typically used now. This album showcases a band that could be playing the Fillmore West, with an audience tripping and falling through the music and lights. This is psychedelic music in all its San Francisco, LSD noise induced glory. Just a cool record from start to finish and a definite must have. Stream and buy Cult of Sargasso at the link below.
Friday, June 2, 2017
Chicago indie band The Thin Cherries have released their S/T debut album. The ten tracks embrace a deep psychedelic vibe, paired with a shoegaze foundation, to bring us an album with a retro feel, but modern sound. Melodic instrumental passages and a tight rhythm section take the foreground shoring up somewhat weaker vocals. An enjoyable album, with a unique perspective on delivering a retro theme. Stream and buy The Thin Cherries
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Running The Shine is the new album from Chattanooga indie band Mythical Motors. . Many albums have a retro feel, but these sixteen tracks mark a work that feels lost in time, a refuge from the past. The production is lo-fi, the sonic vibe is 60's and the whole album sort of falls out before the listener in a derivative cascade, like cereal from a box. There are no grand musical statements, either in the songwriting or the performances. This is an album that fails to excite. Stream and buy Running The Shine at the link below.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Swedish indie rock band, The Search, have released their new album, Songs About Losers. The massive seventeen track collection channels diverse influences from The Smiths, U2, and Depeche Mode, to deliver a sound instantly familiar, yet uniquely their own. The tracks are firmly to the pop side of spectrum and have a bit of a formula feel, but work collectively and the the album is strong and enjoyable. Stream and buy Songs About Losers at the link below.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Nightshift is the debut album from Swedish electronic artist The Legends. With an 80's video game vibe, the synths move through a varied landscape of melodies, glitches and beats. Unfortunately, the sixteen tracks cover pretty usual synthpop territory, What one finds are a few nice retro sounds on a album for those who love soupy electropop. Stream and buy Nightshift at the link below.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Shaking Box Music has released, XXVII, the new album from Bitter Fictions, aka Devin Friesen. The 3 tracks, totaling almost 45 minutes of music, see Friesen exploring ambient guitar music with melodic experimentation and deep sonic textures. Using an old Tascam tape machine, Friesen captures the guitar as a sonic paint brush outside of the instrument's usual confines. Stream and buy XXVII at the link below.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Fans of Phantogram and Chromatics will love the S/T debut from L.A. synthpop duo Lucky + Love. The eight tracks have a nice lo-fi feel, stunning synth pads, and of course, towering vocals, swirling through a reverb drenched electronic ether of beats and melody. This is the kind of building with textures, sequences and melodic structures that producers savior. Watch the video for album track Digging In The Earth, then stream and buy Lucky + Love at the link below.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Goin' Back To Wurstville is the rollicking new garage punk album from UK band King Salami & the Cumberland 3, on Dirty Water Records. The fourteen tracks jump through energetic, 50's inspired garage punk that is fast and snotty. The album has enough twang to clean your teeth and the kind of energy that pisses off the cops. Just perfect in every way, so watch the video for the title track, then stream and buy Goin' Back To Wurstville at the link below.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
If you want to find one of the best of the new crop of shoegaze bands, one need look no further than Italian group Clustersun. Their new album, Surfacing To Breathe is a dark, heady trip into atmospheric rock, that will satiate the most jaded shoegazer. With judicious use of noise, towering guitars, and enough effects to cause a power drain, this album is a masterpiece of edge. A definite must have. Stream and buy Surfacing To Breathe at the link below.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
FZB favorites The Foreign Resort are back with a new track, She Is Lost. The track has a huge 80's anthem sound to it ala Joy Divisdion. This is a band we just like more with every release. They are crowdsourcing a video for the single and also gearing up for a tour. Show them some love and get details at the link below.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Stockholm based indie label, Labrador Records, have released a wonderful compilation, Greatest Hits Summer 2017. The 10 tracks are lush synthpop with stylistic depth and catchy songs. Featuring such stalwarts as Radio Dept. The Legends and Djustin, the album dances you into the summer with some of the best Swedish pop on offer, and the best part being it's a free download. Stream and download Greatest Hits Summer 2017 at the link below.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Indie label Sorry State Records have done a cassette release of the demo from new Raleigh, North Carolina band Mind Dweller. The four tracks are punk rock the way it's meant to be played...hard, fast and snotty. Featuring members from some of the key Raleigh hardcore bands of the last several years, this riff driven demo deserves to be an outright EP release and shows the label's commitment to finding and releasing great punk music. Stream and buy the Mind dweller demo at the link below.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Stars Are A Harem is the fourth album from NYC artist Micah Gaugh. The thirteen tracks are a quirky jazz imbued collection of avante-garde works that forego swing, for a more intimate statement from an artist with a unique sense of melody and song structure. Rather than coming off as an album of independently conceived pieces, the tracks seem to be variations on a common theme, that become a bit cumbersome in their totality. Stream and buy Stars Are A Harem at the link below.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
It's My Party is the debut EP release from Montreal based Radiant Baby. The six tracks are 80's tinged synthpop, with retro synth pads and nice danceable beats. The EP showcases a unique reinvention of new wave with catchy songs, that are big on fun and eschew pretense. As such this is music to enjoy rather than to dissect, so go out and enjoy it. Watch the video for EP track Save Me From Myself and then stream and buy It's My Party at the link below.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Sockholm based Principe Valiente are back with Oceans, there first new album in three years. The FZB favorites deliver eight tracks of inspired post-punk with their trademark 80's vibe. Darkish, with towering instruments and atmospheric vocals, the band have crafted an album that will stand as their best work to date. Channeling all the best traits of bands like Cocteau Twins and New Order, but with a sonic vibe that is original rather than derivative. This record is strong through and through. Watch the video for album track Strangers In The Night, then stream and buy Oceans at the link below.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Tame The Fox is the debut EP from Chicago singer/songwriter Layla Frankel. The six tracks are spirited folk-rock with tight harmonies, catchy songs, understated instrumentals and loads of Frankel's wonderfully expressive voice. With leanings from blues to jazz, this EP is a singular showcase of the artist's writing and vocal chops, with all else placed to enhance appearance like a chef plates an entree. Evocative, intimate and thoroughly enjoyable, is what the listener can expect. This is the type of artist one might find on the new incarnation of A Prairie Home Companion, rather than a work in step with current indie genres. Stream and buy Tame The Fox at the link below.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Spanish indie label BCore Disc brings us the S/T debut album from post-punk/experimental band Diola. The ten tracks blend elements from across the indie spectrum to deliver an album of unique sounds, distinctive sonic textures and a compelling edgy vibe. Though a Spanish language record, the music and vocals will draw the listener in. Besides, who can understand words anyway, even on English albums, LOL. This is a definite must have. Stream and buy Diola at the link below.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Trophic Cascade is the new album from Phoenicia, New York singer/songwriter Mathew O'Neill. The fourteen tracks move effortlessly through freak folk, alt-country and indie rock. With production ranging from huge to minimal, the album brims with tasty licks, engaging songs and a compelling vibe all around. This is an album that has huge stylistic depth and a very high level of musical accomplishment. A definite must have. Stream and buy Trophic Cascade at the link below.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Today we have the album, Down, by Illegal Operation, another new release from our favorite Greek label, Inner Ear Records. The six tracks are dark, adventurous and edgy, with virtuostic guitar that turns a distinct blues base into an entirely new art form.This album impresses with its originality, impresses with its sound and impresses with its quality. Illegal Operation are a band that should be in everyone's collection, with this definite must have album. Stream and buy Down at the link below.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Italian trio Neil self-released two album, and now their sophomore release, Black Flowers has been picked up by indie label Seahorse Recordings for wider distribution. The eleven tracks are firmly altrock with similarities to Bush and Incubus. Tight arrangements and crystal production are hallmarks of the record, as are the standout vocals of frontman and namesake Neil Lucchatta. A solid release, but very mainstream formulaic altrock. Stream and buy Black Flowers at the link below.
Monday, May 8, 2017
List of Equipment is the third release from Brooklyn duo, Lusterlit. The duo of Susan Hwang and Charlie Nieland deliver 5 tracks of diverse indie rock with a quirky darkness. Varying from atmospheric psychedelia to Chis Isaak like theatrics, this EP strikes a compelling chord that creates an interesting sonic experience, while showing depth in performance, songwriting and production. A definite must have. Stream and buy List of Equipment at the link below.
Friday, May 5, 2017
We Are Stars is the debut album from New Orleans band Water Seed. The fourteen tracks are superlative R&B, with some of the tightest arrangements we've heard in a long time. Blending jazz virtuosity, with the catchy song styling of the best Philadelphia soul, the band shows themselves living up to the rather heady album title. This record is funky, smooth, exciting, danceble and everything else that one might consider good. Just as perfect a record as one would ever hope to find and a definite must have. Stream and buy We Are Stars at the link below.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Freaktown is the sophomore album from Athens trio A Victim Of Society on Greek label Inner Ear Records. The eight tracks are brash and edgy, with a dense sonic feel and psychedelic embellishments. The album is a hard driving blend of punk's straightforward song style and post-punk's more expansive song structure. The whole album works from start to finish and is a must have. Stream and buy Freaktown at the link below.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Ruins is the third album from Brooklyn band The City and Horses, on Paper Garden Records. The 12 tracks are tight indie pop, with broad arrangements and abundant hooks. With a sound similar to Belle and Sebastian and Broken Social Scene, the band delivers an album of diverse scope, strong musicianship and sterling production. While thoroughly enjoyable, polished and professional, there is a decided lack of anything that could be described as excitement or edge. Stream and buy Ruins at the link below.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
It should come as no surprise to our readers that we here at FZB love punk, in all of its various guises. We are particularly fond of how punk is now making its way into heretofore barren territory. Case in point, Silence Is More Musical, the debut album from Istanbul band Hedonistic Noise. The seven tracks are hardcore punk affairs reminiscent of bands like Black Flag and the Germs. The album is as edgy as a saber, as aggressive as a zit on date night and a completely perfect punk masterpiece. Stream and download Silence Is More Musical for free at the link below.
Monday, May 1, 2017
To Be A Beast is the new album from Dino Spiluttini on Vienna label Cut Surface Records. The twelve tracks feature lo-fi production, prodigious use of noise and dark ambient textures. The album is moody and induces alternating feelings of tension and release from the listener. Falling somewhere between ambient and more traditional melody based electronic, the album utilizes noise as the defining feature and this cloaks all else. Stream and buy To be A Beast at the link below.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
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.
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.