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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Room In The Wood: Magical Thinking EP


The Room in the Wood have released their debut Magical Thinking EP. The three tracks recall the era of prog rock bands like King Crimson, but with their own unique originality. This is music that goes from Bohemian folk to mystical rock vibes effortlessly. At the same time, this is a hard record to class or relate to in terms of modern music. It seems to inhabit a nether region of musical theatrics, eschewing any recognizable genre, lacking a commercial swing or captivating presence. This is adventurous music for those that like art for art's sake and will hold an allure for those that like to venture into unknown waters. Watch the video for the title track then stream and buy the Magical Thinking EP at the link below.

For Esme: Righteous Woman


Righteous Woman is the third album from Toronto synthpop artist For Esme. The ten tracks recall artists like Chvrches, less repetitive stylistically than Purity Ring and less tritely commercial pop than Grimes. The songs speak to the personal struggle of women and deliver the music with a smart vibe catchy arrangements, with the weak hooks enhancing the overall message and affect of the songs. With a captivating sonic presence and interesting lyrical and musical depth this is an album that will stay on repeat. Stream and buy Righteous Woman at the link below.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Circus worlD: The Dandelion Radio Session EP


Isle of Man indie rock auteurs Circus worlD are back with their Dandelion Radio Session EP. After twenty years together, the duo took advantage of an invitation to record a Dandelion Radio session to revisit some of their older material and introduce it to a new audience. The six tracks showcase the band's compelling take on post-punk, with an edgy melodic bent and lyrics of depth and emotion, all coupled with accomplished rock arrangements. Mark Sayle and the prolific Mikie Daugherty continue to turn out music for the ages. Stream and buy The Dandelion Radio SessionEP at the link below.

Lusterlit: You Were Never Really Here


Brooklyn literary art rock duo Lusterlit are back with a new two track EP, You Were Never Really Here, inspired by Johnathan Ames' new film of the same name. The two tracks are dark, deep post punk, blending a Joy Division vibe with a denser, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark sheen. Lusterlit continue to be a FZB favorites with their, original and unique take on rock. Eschewing formula and commercialism, they chart new ground and expand the genre in ways few would have imagined. A definite must have. Watch the video for EP track River, then stream and buy You Were Never Really Here at the link below.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Sediment Club: Stucco Thieves


Stucco Thieves is the new album from NYC band The Sediment Club, on Brooklyn indie label Wharf Cat Records. The nine tracks showcase the band's own brand of dissonant punk rock, crafted over their ten year history. This is jagged music, sharp enough to saw off a leg. Brash, unapologetic and in your face, the band takes punk to a more experimental realm, where convention is discarded for a vibe that challenges the listener and opens up the genre to a more avant garde mode the way early Lydia Lunch did. Grab your balls and jump right in. Stream and buy Stucco Thieves at the link below.

Lucy and the Rats: Lucy and the Rats


Dirty Water Records brings us the debut S/T album from London pop-punk band Lucy and the Rats. The ten tracks marry an edgy postpunk aesthetic with catchy pop songs to deliver an album that keeps your arse moving. Melodic and inventive, with an infectious vibe, sinuous vocals and enough twang to make Duane Eddy blush. This band has hit upon a winning sound. Stream and buy Lucy and the Rats at the link below.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Claude Munson: The Silence Came After


The Silence Came After is the sophomore album from Ottawa singer/songwriter Claude Munson. The nine tracks wander from uptempo indie rock, to progressive folk, all the while showcasing an accomplished musician, writing engaging songs and delivering a superlative listening experience. This is an album of stylistic depth, expressive phrasing and smart arrangements. An altogether strong album that is a definite must have. Stream and buy The Silence Came After at the link below.

Tom Wu: All You Want


Austrian indie label Cut Surface has released All You Want, the sophomore album from Munich synthpop stylist Tom Wu. With a dark vibe and a post-punk take on synthpop, Wu serves up an album that is original and enticing. The nine tracks are fitting for a heavy drug hazed night in the German club scene. Irresistibly sinister and inescapably intimate. Get your edge on, stream and buy All You Want at the link below.

Friday, June 15, 2018

NBTMusic Radio: Comets, Karma And Radicals Compilation


Here at FZB there is one internet radio station that is miles above the rest, NBTMusic Radio, curated by the irrepressible Martin. Now we can tell you that publishing a daily music blog is hard work, but that's nothing compared to running a radio station. NBT gives play to the length and breadth of the indie music community and is an indispensable place to hear all that is new and wonderful in emerging music. This new compilation, released to help fund station operations, is as good as it gets. With tracks by sixteen different artists that span the range of genres and styles that make emerging music great, NBTMusic Radio stands out as the premier purveyor of all this wonderful music. So you have only one mission, stick a crowbar in your wallet and pry out enough money to buy this compilation and keep NBTMusic radio on the air for a long time to come. The music you save may be your own. Stream and buy the Comets, Karma And Radicals Compilation at the link below. By the way, you can also support NBT by a monthly donation through Patreon like we do.

Gonzales Agreda / Pereira Spurr: Sudamérica Electro​-​Underground


Uruguayan musicians Wilder Gonzales Agreda and Gabriel Pereira Spurr have released the album Sudamérica Electro​-​Underground on Peruvian label Superspace Records. The three extended tracks are dark, spritely ambient music. Sounds right out of a video game or thriller video. Challenging to listen too and a bit of a discordant edge. Original and experimental, for those that seek a more unique musical experience. Stream and buy Sudamérica Electro​-​Underground.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Spray: Anthologized By Cherry Red


Synthpop auteurs Spray are back with their first full length in ten years. To call the album a monster would be an understatement of galactic proportions. From the title track's original hook to the infectious beats, the style and songwriting prowess, this album is a pop triumph that should be celebrated with the best of Human League, Lori Anderson and other leaders of electronica. This is a record that is inventive, totally compelling and totally engaging; an absolute must have. Watch the video for title track Anthologized By Cherry Red, then stream and buy Anthologized By Cherry Red at the link below.


Chickn: Wowsers


Wowsers is the sophomore album from Greek novelty rock band Chickn, on Inner Ear records. The nine tracks are bombastic, theatrical rock, with elements of Queen meets KISS meets The New Pornagraphers. A huge sound, pretentious and cliched at times, innovative and interesting at others. The album as a whole is a bit of a stretch to engage with due to the stylistic cacophony. Challenging and exasperatingly charming, this should be on everyone's player to check out. Stream and buy Wowsers at the blink below.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Nova Flares: Nova Flares



Kentucky based Nova Flares, aka Jason Wagers, is back with a full EP on the heals of his single Gut Splinter. The five tracks are nice melodic guitar pieces that are perfect background music for any number of activities. Therein lies the rub, this type of instrumental indie rock will always be background music. The songs are solid and with lyrics and vocals, could be made into something great. As it is, an unfinished after thought is the fate of this EP.  Stream and buy Nova Flares at the link below.

Quiet As A Mouse: Is It Funny When It Hurts


Is It Funny When It Hurts is the new album and seventh from Edinburgh based Quiet As A Mouse. The eleven tracks are a nice mix of styles and influences, yielding an album that will satisfy fans of alt-rock, post-punk and indie. The songs are catchy, the instrumental parts are skillful and the vocals are engaging. There is a bit of a lack of energy and edge, as it all seems a little too polished and practiced. That said, this is a band at the height of their powers and the album is solid through and through. Stream and buy Is It Funny When It Hurts at the link below.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The King Moses: Another Plastic Sunday


Italian indie rock band The King Moses have released their debut album, Another Plastic Sunday. The thirteen tracks are hard edged rock, with touches of post punk, EMO and alt-rock.. The album has a familiar sound without being overly derivative. The songs are nicely arranged, but the production is lacking, with a bit of a muddled sound instrumentally and the drums especially seem to have no body. Musically it's all there and leaves one wishing there was a bit more clarity to the tracks. A good solid debut from a band that shows promise. Watch the video for album track Matilda, then stream and buy Another Plastic Sunday at the link below.



Kira May: Sense


Sense is the new album from Toronto singer/songwriter Kira May. The ten tracks are tight and alluring, with both musical and lyrical depth. The songs deal with themes such as emotional sensitivity, over stimulation, panic and depression. The album features highly original arrangements, interesting synth pads and May's stunning vocals, which show a seasoned sense of phrasing, delicate timber and full rich sound. This is an album that scores high with engaging music and compelling themes. It is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Sense at the link below.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Wild Animals: The Hoax


The Hoax is the sophomore album from Wild Animals on Barcelona based indie label BCore Disc. The ten tracks have a heavy retro alt-rock sound drawing from bands such as Panic At The Disco, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy. The tracks are very derivative, formulaic and radio ready, with a sound that has been heard many times before. The album is solid, well played and well produced. If you like your music usual and commercial, this is the record for you. Stream and buy The Hoax at the link below.

Century Thief: Death Beneath The Waves


Death Beneath The Waves is the latest EP from Toronto based Century Thief. The three tracks are an interesting mix of styles, sort of a cross between Real Estate and Chicago; yes that is a stretch. The music is original, deep and a bit uneven. The EP is nice enough, well written and well performed, but at the same time is not catchy and lacks energy. Comes across to us as a band that can't settle on a style of their own, so they've thrown in everything they like. Just not much to grab hold of here. Stream and buy Death Beneath The Waves at the link below.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Feature Friday: Novo Management & Publicity

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Welcome to another installment of Feature Friday, This time introducing Novo Management & Publicity and the head of their Chicago Office August Forte.

Hi FZB readers, August Forte here and I handle press and marketing at Novo Management & Publicity (http://novo.net/).

Novo is a music management/press and marketing company with offices in Nashville and Chicago and I run the Chicago office, which is located in the Fort Knox/2112 (http://2112inc.com/) complex in the city’s Portage Park neighborhood.

I have been doing press and marketing for a wide range of solo artists, bands, indie labels and festivals full-time for the last six years, and before that, I worked in radio promotions, record retail and as a freelance writer and editor. Music has been my life’s vocation and I still try to get out to DJ once a month and see new bands regularly. Here are some of my current clients via BandCamp: 

Chicago’s Razorhouse has followed up 2015’s Codex Du with their third EP in the “Codex” series, Codex Tres Lingua. The EP, which was released on Feb 6 via band leader Mark Panick’s imprint Underwear Factory Toy Records, is streaming at:



Chicago progressive tock outfit Tautologic released the album Re: Psychle earlier this year and have been racking up reviews and airplay globally. I am currently advancing press for a couple shows here in Chicago and look forward to introducing the band to a wider audience. Re.: Psychle streams at:



Windy City singer-songwriter Jaren Rabin has his upcoming EP, Wondering About the Weather, where you can stream the first single, “Back to You” and preorder the EP at:



Chicago-based indie soul group Hood Smoke dropped the album Cannonball Porch in late February and it is available for digital download and on vinyl and CD at:


Finally, you can pre-order the new album, Someone Will Love You But It’s Just Not Me, by Chicago psych band Umbra & the Volcan Siege at:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Superbean: Shit Show


L.A. pop punk band Superbean is back with their latest album Shit Show. Originally formed in 1990 as Bean, the band became super with their 2014 release Let's Hear It For Superbean. On their new release, the twelve tracks are irreverent takes on retro rock style, think The Standells meet The Ramones. This is full on rock the way it was meant to be played, loud, fast and snotty. This record is everything that is true and good in rock and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Shit Show at the link below.

Birds of Chicago: Love In Wartime


FZB favorites Birds of Chicago have released their debut full length, Love In Wartime, the followup to their superlative EP American Flowers. The duo of JT Nero and Allison Russell make music so addictive it should be a Schedule II drug. The eleven tracks are music for the soul that goes straight to the heart. Superlative vocal phrasing and songwriting are the hallmarks of an album that is compelling and engaging on every level. This duo is going places, so don't miss the bus with this absolute must have. Stream and buy Love In Wartime at the link below.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

KPT: Fluid Bonded b/w Disarm


Minneapolis based electronic artist KPT has released the new virtual 7", Fluid Bonded b/w Disarm. The two tracks are minimalist electronica with understated beats and a dark sheen. The synthpads weave a foreboding aesthetic of sinester soundscapes that intrigue and entertain. KPT is forging an original sound that eschews conventional glitch and cliche to foster an ethereal aural experience all his own. These two pieces fall somewhere in between the background of ambient and the foreground of more moving electronica such as EDM and House. An interesting in between. Stream and buy Fluid Bonded b/w Disarm at the link below.

Matt C. White: Wallow In The Hollow


Wallow In The Hollow is the debut album from singer/songwriter Matt C. White. The thirteen tracks are totally compelling folkrock, with an intensity of delivery and wonderful Americana instrumental flourishes. What you'll hear is accomplished musicianship, that expertly ranges across folk genres, matched with strong songwriting and a singer who delivers with every phrase. This is a super strong debut and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Wallow In The Hallow at the link below.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Scanners: The Scanners


The Scanners is the S/T debut album from the French punk sensations on London indie label Dirty Water Records. The twelve tracks are space inspired electro-punk, that comes across in the best tradition of bands like Devo. Dense, lofi, hard and edgy, this is music to bang heads together, get drunk and tear up the club. Some of the music sounds like it could be straight out of a 50's sci-fi flick, were it not for the modern instrumentation and harshness. One of the most imaginative punk bands we've encountered in awhile. Stream and buy The Scanners at the link below.

David Woodgett: Changing Dice


Changing Dice is the sophomore EP from Isle of Man singer/songwriter David Woodgett on FZB favorite Small Bear Records. The three tracks have a dense, muddy, lofi sound, with some tasty guitar licks. This EP would have greatly benefitted from better production as the overall sound comes across as a bit of a muddled mess, which detracts from being able to engage with the goodness that's obviously there in the tracks. None the less this is an EP of heavy imaginative sounds and is one to definitely listen to. Stream and buy Changing Dice at the link below.

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Lamps: Nervous Calm


Nervous Calm is the new EP from San Francisco band The Lamps. The four tracks are nice journeyman indie rock. A bit derivative, a bit of the expected and a bit underwhelming. The EP is good, but lacks a compelling sound and delivery, sounding like what one would expect walking into any local bar. Solid, well performed, but also unmemorable. Worth a listen but not something that will be on repeat. Stream and buy Nervous Calm at the link below.

Decisions: The Weight Of The World Leaves A Broken Back


The Weight Of The World Leaves A Broken Back is the new EP from NYC punk band Decisions, on Brooklyn indie Wharf Cat Records. The four tracks offer up a band that can be thought of as Riot Grrrl meets The Damned. This is lofi, extreme hard core that shoves it in your face and demands that you don't move away. Music that want's to agitate you out of your worthless suburban existence. Music that shows anarchy can be an artform, transcendent in its brutality and intimate in its reality. A definite must have. Stream and buy The Weight Of The World Leaves A Broken Back at the link below.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Daniel Morrow: Underneath


Underneath is the debut album from NYC based British singer/songwriter Daniel Morrow. The massive fifteen track work is an accomplished excursion into a myriad of blends of rock and pop stylings. Dark and edgy, the record gives us a window into an artist stretching their wings, while working to find a musical identity all their own. What comes from this is highly original music that is satisfying, interesting and engaging. A definite must have. Stream and buy Underneath at the link below.

Dazed Pilots: K.T.F.T.


One of our favorite indie labels, Vienna's Cut Surface Records, brings us K.T.F.T. the new album from Dazed Pilots. The nine tracks are stark, raw punk rock that recalls early bands like Sex Pistols, and Dead Kennedys, with a little Iggy Pop thrown in for good measure. This is stiletto to the heart music, dark dank dangerous club music, everything that is true and right with the world. The kind of music to make you want to get a flat bed truck, the biggest sound system imaginable and pull up in front of the White House and play at full volume. Oh yes, this is as authentic as it gets. Buy this record or stand in front of a mirror and admit you're a pussy.  Watch the video for album track Fall From Grace, then stream and buy K.T.F.T. at the link below.



Thursday, May 31, 2018

Phil Yates & The Affiliates: Party Music!


Party Music! is the new album from Chicago's Phil Yates & The Affiliates. The ten tracks are energetic rock in the vein of Jimmy Eat World and All American Rejects. With plenty of fuzzy twang, catchy melodies and good hooks, the band serve up a record that grabs one's attention and then holds on. This is a strong record, if somewhat derivative, but what commercial music isn't these days. The album is aptly named as this is great music to put on when friends are over and you want to get a party going. It's music guaranteed to put a smile on you face. Stream and buy Party Music at the link below!

Nanaki: Decline & Dislocation


Decline & Dislocation is the second album this year from FZB favorite Nanaki, aka the solo project of prolific artist/producer Michael Daugherty. The nine tracks continue the instrumental variety from light melodic passages to full on metal crescendos. Daugherty has churned out a tremendous amount of music ranging from his solo projects to that of his band Postcode. This album shows the artist combining dense sonic experiences with minimal almost lyrical instrumentals all to good effect. Readers of this blog know well that we disdain most instrumental rock. It sounds unfinished to our ears and waiting for vocals that never come, like a commuter waiting for an already missed train. Daugherty manages to overcome this with his carefully crafted pieces that work well as instrumentals and elevate the form to art in its own right. A definite must have. Watch the video for the album track The Days Go By, then stream and buy Decline & Dislocation at the link below.



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Death By Delirium: Pushing Up Daisies


Pushing Up Daisies is the debut album from Vienna based Death By Delirium, on  Wilhelm Show Me The Major Label. The twelve tracks are dark electronic post-punk in feel,  with plenty of industrial vibes thrown in. The tracks are edgy, club fair with a hard sheen and a dense core of sound. Stark, foreboding and imaginative, this is music to drive a mosh pit frenzy and stage diving lunatics. This album is best appreciated at high follow, so don't be a wimp. Turn it up and destroy the neighborhood. Stream and buy Pushing Up Daisies at the link below.

Cultural Critic: All Electronica Must Go


All Electronica Must Go is the new album from Albany based Cultural Critic, aka composer/producer John Malmborg. The 10 tracks (+ 2 bonus tracks) are melodic electronic music, with deep, intricate  synth lines and precise driving beats. Weaving its way from soft, swirling, ethereal electronica to glitchy rhythm driven house, the album is densely packed with interesting synth pads and production flourishes. The songs however, lack the cohesive feel necessary to engage fully with the listener. The album is more a production exercise than a finely crafted listening experience. Stream and buy All Electronica Must Go at the link below.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Killwave: The Pulse Of Life


The Pulse Of Life is the third album from Chicago based group Killwave. The eight tracks are a blend of synthpop, post-punk and prog rock. With a theatrical flair and out front vocals, the band build a sonic structure that is bold, expressive and ready for large venues. This is not meek pop like Chvrches or Purity Ring, but is the kind of synth based music one would expect from heavier rock bands like Yes and King Crimson. The album is an interesting take on the prog rock from a modern perspective and serves up original lines and phrasing. Stream and buy The Pulse Of Life at the link below.

Kate Vincent: Pickings


Pickings is the debut album from NYC singer/songwriter Kate Vincent, and is also the original soundtrack to an independent movie of the same name in which Vincent has a role. The eight tracks are acoustic based altcountry, where the real star is Vincent's songwriting and voice, both of which are memorable. With minimal production and an acoustic guitar, Vincent delivers a stunning and engaging performance that shows she is a force to be reckoned with. Her vocals are powerful, her lyrics deep and the album is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Pickings at the link below.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Amusement Parks On Fire: All The New Ends


All The New Ends is the latest EP by Amusement Parks On Fire, released on Saint Marie Records. The three tracks are smart indie rock, with lush harmonies and strong songwriting. The instrumental work is flawless and creates an immense sonic space. Fusing elements of shoegaze, psychedelia and dreampop, the band delivers an EP that is dense, ethereal and stunning. High on originality and deep with aural complexity, this EP is a must have. Stream and buy All The New Ends at the link below.

Deerest: Deep River Series


Deep River Series is the new EP from Deerest, aka Linnea Talp, on Lazy Octopus Records. The five tracks are dark, powerful post-punk tinged pop. With influences from Chelsea Wolfe and Stina Nordenstam, Talp's huge vocals tower above a deeply moving instrumental base, with stark dynamic changes and an intensity that is totally compelling. With songs that are heavy, yet retain a pop feel, the EP has strong originality and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Deep River Series at the link below.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

John Flanagan Trio: Honest Man


Honest Man is the new album from Australian band John Flanagan Trio. The twelve tracks are superlative Americana folk. With guitar, double bass, mandolin and his playmates, Flanagan delivers what will surely be one of the best albums of 2018. With a voice that sounds strikingly like James Taylor, Flanagan serves up such stunning songs that it seems trite to even try to write about them. This is an album that sets the bar as high as Everest and then climbs right past the peak into outer space. This album is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Honest Man at the link below.

The Search: A Wave From The Sidelines


Swedish new wave band The Search are back with a new album, A Wave from The Sidelines. The twelve tracks are pure 80's homage, cut straight from the cloth of New Order, Depeche Mode and OMD. The songs are radio ready, the synths are clever, the beats danceable and the vocals silky smooth, Everything one would expect from the 80's bands mentioned above and that is part of the problem. For all the strength this album shows, and it shows plenty, it is also completely derivative. Rather than taking influence from the era and finding its own sound, this is an album of pure regurgitation, copying rather than channelling the new wave influences. Stream and buy A Wave From The Sidelines at the link below.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Common Cold: Shut UP! You Liberals!


Shut UP! You Liberals! is the debut album from UK band The Common Cold on Action Records with distribution from FZB fave label Dirty Water Records. The nine tracks have a solid punk edge, new wave smoothness and enough swagger to make Sinatra hide in the corner. This is an album that recalls the provocative days of bands like The Fall, Joy Division and Gang of Four. The album is dark and dense, with some inspired guitar playing and a sound that would fill an airplane hanger. This is one of the best debut records we've heard and it is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Shut Up! Yo Liberals! at the link below.

Lonesome Hot Dudes: Obey


Obey is the new 7" release from Lonesome Hot Dudes on Vienna's Cut Surface Records. The two tracks are edgy punk, that takes a bit of an experimental approach. The tracks have non-standard changes and phrasing, elevating the EP to more of an avant garde exploration, than a traditional punk or riot grrrl release. This is a band of vision and creativity, strapping themselves in and launching full speed into the music. Not for the weak or timid and an absolute must have. Stream and buy Obey at the link below.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Midge: Still Receiver


Toronto based Midge, aka the duo of Olivia Fetherstonhaugh and Shane Turner have released their debut EP Still Receiver on Utah indie UR AudioVisual. The five tracks are enticing dream pop/indie rock in the vein of artists like Tennis, where the guitar drives the arrangements, which are positioned around the lead vocal. With so much of the genre being a bit pablum, it is nice to hear this EP going an edgier direction. Interesting arrangements and a changing palette of dynamics are the highlight, where commercialism is sacrificed for a stronger rock persona. This is a great debut and showcases a duo on the verge. Get in at the beginning, stream and buy Still Receiver at the link below.

Broads: Climbs+1


Climbs+1 is the new EP from FZB Favorite Broads. Coming only a couple of months after their acclaimed album Field Theory, these two tracks are a further testament to a band that has become a world class exponent of synthpop. With stunning arrangements, musical mastery and some of the best songcraft this side of the classics, this is a band at the height of its powers and making important music. Stream and buy Climbs+1 ast the link below.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Long Branch: Lucky Me/Just In case


Lucky Me/Just in Case is the debut EP from Toronto's Long Branch. The three tracks are fresh takes on classic rock-n-roll sounds. Stylishly raw, melodically edgy and as smooth as a folk song, the band craft a sound driven by stunning harmonies and masteful phrasing. This is an EP that's good for all the right reasons, just tons of chops and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy LuckyMe/Just In case at the link below.

Something Within: Something Within



Ohio based Something Within have released their S/T debut album. The eleven tracks are pure formula hard rock. The guitars are grinding, the drums driving, the bass heavy and vocals right out of an old Scorpions album. This kind of rock has become so cliched and lacking of invention and originality that it is almost a caricature of itself. This album is no different, totally derivative and everything that's been heard before ad infinitum. Stream and buy Something Within at the link below.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Cubs Refrain: Tell Me You Love Me


Tell Me You Love Me is the debut album from Toronto Based Cubs Refrain. The fourteen tracks are synthpop, but not like you've heard it before. Gone are the mousey, hushed vocals and the cliche synth pads. Instead you have powerful edgy vocals with huge harmonies and towering refrains. This is an album that throws out the book and reinvents synthpop as a dynamic rock subgenre, embracing influences from retro New Wave synths to dynamic folkrock vocals. This is an album of imagination, originality and style. This is an album that is engaging, compelling and totally immersive. This is an album that is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Tell Me You Love Me at the link below.

Espanola: Outside Saskatoon b/w It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken


 Outside Saskatoon b/w It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken is the sophomore virtual 7" from Toronto based Espanola, the project of frontman Aaron Goldstein. The A-side track is pure formula country. Just mainstream country radio fare. The B-side is much more interesting. While still formula and mainstream, there is at least some edge and real energy in the track, which is a slow altcountry leaning ballad. As a whole both tracks are good listens and enjoyable in their own right, but it's all just more of the same tame radio music. Nothing to distinguish this from the masses out their trying. Stream and buy Outside Saskatoon b/w It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken at the link below.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Soft Science: Undone b/w I Don't Know Why I Love You


California based Soft Science have released the virtual 7", Undone b/w I Don't Know Why I Love You on Sacramento indie label Test Pattern Records. The two tracks are trendy shoegaze with a solid radio patina and lustrous vocals. The tracks showcase a band that is tight and engaging, and you'll want to keep them on repeat. With a catchy feel and infectious beat, the music is a testament to the fertile musical ground of Northern California. This is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Undone b/w I Don't Know Why I Love You at the link below.

Lucy Wise: Winter Sun


Winter Sun is the third album from Melbourne based singer/songwriter Lucy Wise. The fourteen tracks are stylish folk music that recalls the great folk singers of the 50's and 60's. Wise is a troubadour and a story teller. her songs are totally compelling and are delivered with her stunning vocals that showcase her wide range and tender texture. Choosing ukulele rather than guitar as her main instrument, gives the songs a personal and accessible feel. This is one of the best albums we've heard this year and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Winter Sun at the link below.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Susie Scurry: The Elvis Hour


Melbourne singer/songwriter Susie Scurry has released the single The Elvis Hour, thew title track to her upcoming EP due in June. The single is a lament to a mundane life and the hope brought from a weekly radio show paying homage to Elvis. The track is sleek, chic and intriguing, with some nice lap steel lending counterpoint to a solid indie pop delivery. Scurry's vocals are soft and alluring, with the track certainly building the anticipation for the EP to come. Stream and buy The Elvis Hour at the link below.