The Clockwork Dance is the new two song single from UK band Vulovar. The two tracks are sultry post-punk with the title track having an eastern flair and mesmerizing drum beat. The second track is a live rendering that is a seven minute excursion into the band's Joy Divisionesque compelling live show.This is a fine band at their best. As a whole the two tracks are a nice followup to their album at the start of the year and wets our appetite for more. Watch the video and then stream and download The Clockwork Dance at the link below.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Dreams of Majesty is the new EP from Miami band Astari Nite. The four tracks are 80's retro new wave goodness. With a sound drawn from bands like Depeche Mode, Human League and The Cure, this EP sounds more like a throwback than an homage, with a strong dance beat, atmospheric vocals and a sound that is resplendent in all it's 80's glory. This EP is not a new take on an old theme, but is rather a nostalgic remake for those that missed the original time. Watch the video for the track Lovesick, then stream and buy Dreams of Majesty at the link below.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Chicago based singer-songwriter Ryan Joseph Anderson is back with his sophomore album, City of Vines. The ten tracks are a stylish romp through Americana, alt-country, blues and indie rock. With an authenticity to his songwriting and an earnestness to his delivery, Anderson is a troubadour for a new era. This is an ablum with a big sound, but yet an intimate feel; an album that speaks to musical roots and new possibilities. Stream and buy City of Vines at the link below.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Atlanta dreampop band Parsons Rocket Project have released their S/T debut EP. The six tracks have a diverse feel from stratospheric rock to a shimmering synthpop sheen, with heavy reverb and soaring guitar lines, swirling in an ambient continuum, paired with engaging vocals. This is a strong record that works as a nice sequenced piece all the way through, with an enjoyably compelling flow. Stream and buy Parsons Rocket Project at the link below.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Toronto based indie rock band Til Howl have released their S/T debut EP. The six tracks are wide ranging stylistically and show many diverse influences. Unfortunately, those influences are too omnipresent, as most tracks sound directly derivative. That said, this EP has superlative music on it, with a nice lo-fi production sheen and compelling arrangements and performances. With such obvious talent on display, one hopes that on subsequent releases this band finds their own original voice, as it would be a shame to see them consigned to the bin of forgotten imitators. Stream and buy Til Howl at the link below.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
LA band, Tombstones In Their Eyes, have released their latest EP Fear. The five tracks are a collection of garage tinged, psychedelic colored, indie rock. The songs are deep and dark, with mood swings from heavy crushing guitars to light a melodic passages. With influences from Pink Floyd to My Bloody Valentine, this EP is a compelling masterpiece that will appeal to a wide rock audience. A definite must have. Watch the video for EP track Always There, then stream and buy Fear at the link below.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Songbirds and Fog is the debut album from Arkansas based The Lark and the Loon. The husband & wife duo of Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen deliver 19 tracks of original, pristine Americana music. Their music is the closest you'll get to riding the rails with Woody Guthrie. Featuring wonderful vocal play between the two, engaging arrangements and an authenticity to their songwriting, that make the album a singular testament to the rich folk legacy that the duo embodies. The album is a definite must have. Stream and buy Songbirds and Fog at he link below.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
FZB favorites The Bordellos have released Underground Tape Vol. 7, their latest installment of previously unreleased material. Regular readers of this blog will be very familiar with The Bordellos work, as they are featured here regularly via their prolific output. What you get on this EP is the band's compelling folkrock, with lo-fi production, intimate songs and the sound of a dark basement coffeehouse. We love The Bordellos, you should too. Stream and download Underground Tapes Vol. 7 at the link below.
Monday, August 7, 2017
In 2004, Canada's The Heavy Blinkers released The Night and I Are Still So Young. In the years that have passed, this superlative pop album has been named as one of the best records of the early 00's and is regarded as one of the best Canadian records ever. Now, Toronto indie Label Obscura have given this classic its first ever vinyl release and also made it available for digital download. This is an album that should be in everyone's collection and is a must have. Watch the video for the title track, then stream and buy The Night and I Are Still So Young at the link below.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Texas artist Get A Life has released his debut 7", What You Deserve b/w 2 Plus 2 Equals 5.The first track is a dense industrial piece with heavy noise and a lo-fi feel The second track is the opposite with a light melodic structure, though still having industrial overtones. The record is enjoyable, but neither track really gives the listener anything to hold on to. The tracks just sort of unfold in front of you and when they're over, they leave nothing behind in the mind. They are just over. Check it out as it's definitely worth a listen. Stream and buy What You Deserve at the link below.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Always is the new album from Montreal based band Raveen. The nine tracks are atmospheric dream pop, but with a depth and musicality that one would expect from post-rock, not radio ready pop. This album is marked by its strengths. Strong arrangements, compelling production and enticing vocals, make this album a sublime listening .experience. Inspired performances and dark textures showcase one of the best albums of the year so far. Stream and buy Always at the link below.