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Monday, July 23, 2018

Searmanas:


Brooklyn based artist/producer Searmanas, aka Niabi Aquena, has released her S/T debut album. The seven tracks are lush atmospheric dreampop, with industrial touches, imaginative synthpads, dark ambience and understated beats. Though mainly instrumental, vocally the album recalls the sounds of Mitski, Polica, Bjork and Bat For Lashes, with deep intimate phrasing, alluring aural quality and subtle strength, together with the electronica weaving a captivating tapestry of warm tonal depth. This album is an artistic gem and a definite must have. Stream and buy Searmanas at the link below.

Tiny Stills: Laughing Into The Void


LA powerpop band Tiny Stills have released their new album, Laughing Into The Void. The ten tracks are hard edged, punk tinged gifts, that have a unique twist with the somewhat mousy and perfectly placed vocals of frontwoman Kailynn West. This is an album full of A sides that are made for indie and altrock radio. Reminiscent of Jenny Lewis' work in Rilo Kiley, this is a band that is tight, powerful and totally compelling. Stream and buy Laughing Into The Void at the link below.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Four Star Riot: Daylight


Daylight is the sophomore album from Florida based band Four Star Riot. The ten tracks are catchy indie rock, with influences from Spoon, Foals and Arctic Monkeys. The tracks are spirited power pop gems with a radio ready vibe, nice changes and plenty of chops. The production is crisp and the whole album works from start to finish. This is straight up indie rock for those who like their music familiar but still engaging. Watch the video for album track Slayed Pretender, then stream and buy Daylight at the link below.



Croatia: Half Dreams


Half Dreams is the new EP from British Columbia band, Croatia. The five tracks are stylish, radio ready indie rock. With equal amounts of melodic guitars and intriguing synths, strong vocals and engaging arrangements, the EP unfolds with a sonic vibe that is captivating. Croatia have found a sound of their own that is both commercial and artistically satisfying, showcasing a wealth of talent and imagination. This an EP that will stay on repeat and is a definite must have. Watch the video for the title track, then stream and buy Half Dreams at the link below.



Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Foreign Films: The Record Collector


Back in January, we reviewed the first side release of the coming triple album vinyl release The Record Collector, by The Foreign Films, aka FZB favorite Bill Majoros. That side one landed Foreign Films #3 on our Top 10 Artists of 2018 So Far published on the blog the last Friday of June. Now we have the entire triple album and Majoros has delivered a project who's style and musical depth match the hugeness of this 31 track extravaganza. In this age of single song releases, not many artists would have the balls to release such a massive collection, yet alone have the songwriting and musical chops to actually carry it off. Majoros has climbed a musical Mount Everest and firmly planted the Foreign Films flag on the summit. This is an album for the ages and an absolute, absolute, absolute must have. Stream and buy The Record Collector at the link below.

Needs: Limitations


Vancouver indie label FileUnderMusic brings us Limitations, the sophomore album from hardcore band Needs. The twelve tracks are punk rock at its basest, primal, raw and filthy best. This is music that mocks the meek and sneers at the pop trendy. Music that is meant to be experienced in animalistic frenzy, disturbing, dirty, scathing and perfect. Lock yourself in your room, turn this album up so loud it threatens structural integrity and makes your parents desperately call for help. Oh yes!!! Watch the video for Eat the Rich...People's Leftovers, then stream and buy Limitations at the link below.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

STFU: Yum 1 & Yum 2

 

Yum 1 and Yum 2 are a double sophomore release from STFU, the collaboration of Dean Garcia (Curve, SPE ECO) and Preston Maddox (Bloody Knives). With each album having ten tracks, the dual release marks a supreme statement of shoegaze prowess. These are accomplished musicians and songwriters that have already stood the test of time and are still at the height of their powers. The albums demonstrate that great extended works can still exist in this immediate gratification world of single song releases. These albums are master works, that need to be in everyone's collection and are absolute must haves. Stream and buy Yum 1 and Yum 2 at the links below.



Sunset Wrecks: False Patterns


False Patterns is the third full length from Sunset Wreck, the collaboration between Jarek Leskiewicz (Naked On My Own, Opollow, Blurred City Lights) and Martin Anderson (Dopedrone, Yeti Island). The eleven tracks are explorations in deep, intricate, and melodic instrumental music, that spans genres from shoegaze to post-punk to post-rock. With an orchestral quality that occupies a huge aural space, and a complexity of form that exhibits prowess at both songwriting and musicianship, this album towers over empty sonic space like the full moon does in a clear night sky.This is music as art; immersive, conceptual and heavy. Stream and buy False Patterns at the link below.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ourfathers: Funeral Pyre


Funeral Pyre is the debut full length from San Francisco based Ourfathers. The twelve tracks are dark, heavy indie rock in the vein of bands like The Used and Senses Fail. This is hard rock at its mightiest, with dynamic swings from a whisper to an explosion. While the songs are a bit too formulaic and cliched, the band in nonetheless tight and driving, with enough energy to ignite fires in its wake. This is a very solid record and will make hard rock lovers yearn for more. Stream and buy Funeral Pyre at the link below.

Jubl: Thinking Sweet


Thinking Sweet is the three song debut EP from Jubl, the collaboration of Rudy Tambala (A.R.Kane) Maggie Tambala and Andy Taylor. The songs have a shoegazy, post-punk feel and a dreampop sheen, with the EP delivering a smooth, yet edgy vibe. As one listens, it is clear that every note is there for a reason, and though only three tracks, this is a fully realised artistic work. Tantalizingly brief and longingly compelling, the EP leaves one wanting and needing much more of this music. Watch the video for the EP below, then stream and buy Thinking Sweet at the link below.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Dfactor Pop: Nostalgia For Now


Nostalgia For Now is the new album from Phoenix based Dfactor Pop, aka Dave Murrow. The eleven tracks are retro sounding ditties ranging from powerpop to garage rock. The songs are short minimally produced and fun. This is goodtime music meant for partying with a few friends or listening by the pool on a hot summer day. Nothing fancy or pretentious here, just simple rock for simple times. Nice, catchy and enjoyable because music can still be made that way. Stream and buy Nostalgia For now at the link below.

Coping Skills: Worst New Music


Worst New Music is the Sophomore album from Philadelphia's Coping Skills, on Citywide Records. The duo of Rachel Dispenza and Lauren DeLucca serve up twelve tracks of compelling indie rock, that share similarities with the many Kathleen Hanna projects and bands such as Weezer. Stylish, tongue in cheek, but yet real and heartfelt, the album delivers strong songwriting, paired with eminently tasty music. This is an album marked by originality, that has enough coolness and swagger to put the best to shame. One of the best records we've heard this year. Watch the video for album tracks I'd Rather Not (Yeah) then stream and buy Worst New Music at the link below.



Friday, July 13, 2018

Therese Lithner: Therese Lithner EP


Swedish indie label Lazy Octopus Records have released the debut S/T EP from Theresa Lithner. The four tracks share similarities with Polica, Mitski and the unavoidable Bjok comparison, but stand on their own as stylish, compelling affairs. The EP has infectious beats, a nice post-punk aesthetic and alluring vocals. After spending time in bands like Vakan and A Sound of Silence, Lithner shows that her move to a solo artist is the right move and she rewards listeners with a stunning debut that will stay on repeat with its engaging strength. Stream and buy the Therese Lithner EP at the link below.


Zachary Carrol: Medicine Mouth


Medicine Mouth is the new EP from Sonoma, CA singer/songwriter Zachary Carrol. The six tracks are nice indie folk, that are unfortunately marred by bad production. One can tell that the songwriting is enjoyable and the minimalist arrangements fit well, but the EP as a whole is muddy, with all the parts trying to inhabit the same set of frequencies. There is obvious goodness to what this artist is doing, but he is not served by his DIY approach, which leaves the listener never really being able to hear what could be there. Stream and buy Medicine Mouth at the link below.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Trinity Ward: Incoherent Light


The emphasis in Trinity Ward’s latest album, Incoherent Light, falls on hypnotic melodicizing and an enjoyably peculiar evolution of sounds and instrumental voices throughout.  The seven tracks execute musical ideas with excellence, holding the listener’s interest with varying approaches to the genre of electronica, including greatly varied tempos and stylistic feels. Tasteful integration of instruments and structural contour throughout the album play as a strength; synthesized instruments of almost every kind share the spotlight, from vocals, keys and pads, to drums, sitar, and harmonica.  The album is delightfully out-of-the-box, taking recognizable acoustic instruments and applying them in new and unusual ways. Mixed well and produced well, the clear instrumentation and musical ideas throughout make this album engaging to listen to and invites the listener to simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Stream and buy Incoherent Light at the link below.

John Michael Hersey: Dreamtime


NYC singer/songwriter John Michael Hersey has released his new album Dreamtime. The fourteen tracks are retro sounding pop that is straight from Top 40 radio. The album is nice enough for what it is, but this not music that is relevant in today's world. More so, it is an amalgam of every hit pop artist one would care to name. Try to envision a top 40 cover band that happens to be doing all original music, but that still sounds like a bunch of covers. The album is played well, the songs are decently crafted, but it's all been heard before, Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Boz Scaggs, it's all there. This is an album by an obviously talented artist, but also one who needs to find their own voice. Steam and buy Dreamtime at the link below.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sanderlings: Sanderlings


Sanderlings is the S/T debut full length from the Santa Barbara band. After two highly enjoyable EPs, the band steps it up with eleven tracks of radio ready indie rock. Taking a page from band like Weezer and Jimmy Eat World, the album is catchy and fun. The songs get you moving, with smart arrangements, tight musicianship and interesting phrasing. At the same time, it's all a bit too practiced and comes up a little short on any real edge or energy. Like music from War On Drugs, Sanderlings deliver precision and craft, all which is fully enjoyable, but it would be nice to have a bit of just how good a band they really must be when they let loose in a live environment. Mind you, they do give flashes of that, but this is radio music through and through. Watch the video for album track Stories stream and buy Sanderlings at the link below.

Two Meters: Two Meters


Indie label, Very Jazzed, has released the debut S/T EP from Florida based Two Meters, aka Tyler Costolo. The five tracks are dark, reverby and challenging to listen to. The vocals have a noisy cacophonous sheen, that creates a tense discordant feeling in the listener. This is out of keeping with the music which could see a more reasoned vocal treatment making this an engaging release. As it is, we just don't get it. The vocals are unlistenable and destroy the EP. The label has been hyping this EP with repeated press releases for like 3 months and then they deliver a work whose only distinction is that it is the first release that this blog has called just a plain bad record. With so much good emerging music out there, this is one to avoid. Stream Two Meters at the link below.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dad Brains: Dad Brains


California band Dad Brains have released their S/T debut EP. The five tracks are hardcore punk in the vein of Circle Jerks or Buzzcocks. The band describes it as music about dads, made by dads for everyone. Make no mistake though, this is not music for suburbia. This EP is the real deal, authentic punk the way it's meant to be, loud, unapologetic, in your face and brutal. Call all your wimpy neighbors over for a basement party...then lock them in and play this full blast. Don't let those wimpy f*ckers out till this has played five times. If everyone did this, the world would be a much better place. Yes, yes it would. Stream and buy Dad Brains at the link below.


Synthesizer: Synthesizer Sessions #1


Israeli artist collective Synthesizer have released Synthesizer Sessions #1, a stylish compilation of emerging artists that are being shepherded in the collective accelerator program. The twelve tracks were recorded live and span a few indie genres, with the whole album being full to the brim with great music. Here at the blog we love being able to discover incredible music from all over the world and incredible music is what this album delivers. If this album is any indication, the Synthesizer program is going to be serving up sonic goodness for a long time to come. This compilation is an absolute must have. Watch the video for album track Army Song, then stream and buy Synthesizer Sessions #1 at the link below.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Palm Ghosts: Architecture


Nashville based Palm Ghosts have delivered their third album, Architecture. The nine tracks showcase the band's own unique brand of dreampop and indie rock. Nashville is a songwriters town and any artist out of Nashville should rightly expect that a high standard be applied to their songcraft. This album stands out against such scrutiny with strength and style, as well as imaginative arrangements and interesting musical passages. Palm Ghosts show themselves to be a band with deep talent and a highly developed artistic sensibility. This album is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Architecture at the link below.

Standard Legal: Mercury


Mercury is the debut EP from Los Angeles based artist Standard Legal, aka the solo project of Andrew Siegel. The five tracks are stylish synth & guitar pop, that shares a more post-punk space like James Blake. Bordering on the experimental, Siegel uses dark sonic imagery and stark production to deliver an EP strong on the sound of foreboding visions and noise influenced industrial leaning. Deep and dense, this is music that demands engagement from the listener and will reward the casual listener with indifference. Are you worthy? Stream and buy Mercury at the link below.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Poptone: Poptone


Rarely does a debut release engender the type of anticipation seen with the S/T release by L.A. group Poptone. The anticipation is well earned as this is no mere new band, but the continuation of the musical journey of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets and Tones On Tails founders Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins, joined by Haskins' daughter Diva Dompe. With a sound that pays homage to the aforementioned bands, the album delivers a dark, compelling vision of the future for these artists that shows they will continue to innovate and excite. Watch the live video for album track Go!, then stream and buy Poptone at the link below.



Night Nail: LA Demons


California & Berlin collaboration, Night Nail, are back with their new album, LA Demons on Cleopatra Records. The seven tracks are dark, atmospheric takes on a post-punk, darkwave mix. With a mix of foreboding styling with more dreampop type clean guitar lines and deep atmospheric vocals, the band carves out their own unique sound, while still sounding familiar and alluring. What you get is an original combination of genres that will hold the listener in its grasp. Stream and buy LA Demons at the link below.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Almighty Rhombus:


FZB favorites, Ontario band The Almighty Rhombus are back with their third release, the Swish EP. The four tracks continue the band's crisp melodic style of indie rock that sees them delivering a smart, engaging mix of songs guaranteed to please. This is rock that's meant to be fun to listen to. The songs are unpretentious, dynamic and we dare you to try and sit still while listening. This is music that will get your arse moving and you'll be glad it did. A definite must have. Stream and buy Swish at the link below.

Cold Transmission: Zeitgeist Vols. 3 & 4


Frankfurt based net label Cold Transmission Music brings us two huge compilation volumes, Zeitgeist Vols. 3 & 4. The 29 tracks on the former and 28 tracks on the latter feature as many different artists each for a sprawling look at the labels international music spectrum. Spanning post-punk, darkwave, shoegaze, new wave, coldwave and goth, these compilations standout for both the huge amount of music and moreover for the quality of the music featured. You get  hours of some of the best music we have heard in a long while. These releases are an absolute must have. Stream and buy Zeitgeist Vols. 3 & 4 at the links below.



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jamison Isaak: EP 2


Instrumental music auteur Jasmison Isaak is back with EP 2, his second release of the year. The four tracks are piano explorations that inhabit a broad sonic space. With lush melodic passages, ambient textures and drones, Isaak delivers an EP the envelops one in the music, with a sonic experience that engages the senses with wonderful aural imagery. Flawless production brings an atmospheric sense of an expanded space, where tones and melodies intermingle in harmonious splendor. Stream and buy EP 2 at the link below.

In Her Eye: Change


Change is the new album from Milan based shoegazers In Her Eye. The eight tracks see the band chanelling influences from The Cure and New Order to Swervedriver and Sonic Youth. Atmospheric and melodic, with nice raw interludes, the album plays out in a way that seems familiar, yet still new. Lush and reverby, with a slight lofi edge, the band deliver a perfectly balanced work that excites dynamically and challenges musically. We love really good bands and on this album In Her Eye make it clear just how good a band they are. Treat yourself to that goodness, stream and buy Change at the link below.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Stella Diana: 57


57 is the new album from Naples based post-punk band Stella Diana. A long time FZB favorite, the band return with eleven tracks of dark atmospheric music destined to become one of the years best. With accomplished musicianship, strong vocals, interesting lyrical excursions and stunning production, 57 sees the band at the height of their powers. This album is dreamy yet raw, smooth yet edgy, and totally compelling. This is a band that offers much and will take the listener along on an intimate sonic journey of discovery. This is an absolute must have. Stream and buy 57 at the link below.

Dose: Furniture


UK based noise rock band Dose have released their debut 7", Furniture b/w Opaque, on A Turntable Friend Records. The two tracks are dense and dark, with dissonant passages, some very tasty guitar sounds, and inventive song structure. Drawing heavily from post-punk artistically and minimalism in vocal treatment, the tracks are fanciful and original. While the label calls these a two A-side single, make no mistake, this is not music that will find its way onto commercial radio. This is music that is adventurous and experimental. Watch the video for the track Furniture, then stream and buy Furniture b/w Opaque at the link below.

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Floorrshime Zipper Boots Top 10 Artists of 2018 So Far


Welcome to the Floorshime Zipper Boots Top 10 Artists of 2018 So Far. Our mid year list highlights the artists that have stood out from the rest during the first half of the year. As always, our best of lists are determined by our readers individual page views.Congratulations to all the artists below. This year's list is also noteworthy in that the #1 artists are the first to top 1100 individual pageviews in the seven year history of FZB. So, with out further ado, here is the FZB Top 10 Artists of 2018 So Far.

#10 Iglomat: The Man Made Man



#9 Heath Church: The Things I've Tried



#8 Josh Mover & The Shakers: Into A Ghost



#7 Sarah McQuaid: If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous



#6 M Is We: Oceans



#5 Amusement Parks On Fire: All The New Ends



#4 ShapeShiftingAliens: ShapeShiftingAliens



#3 The Foreign Films: The Record Collector Side 1



#2 The Telescopes: Stone Tape



#1 Ehrnman/Pearson: Say Goodbye Virtual 7"

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Money & King: There Are So Many Ways To Be Alone


There Are So Many Ways To Be Alone is the sophomore album from Brooklyn band Money & King. The ten tracks are an interesting and original mix of styles and influences. With an overall retro vibe and lush harmonies, one can hear touches of The Turtles, Beatles, Bee Gees, CSNY, and thankfully not the Beach Boys. This is an album of adventure and experimentation, where commercialism is sacrificed for art, yet the songs have a distinct pop tenor and flow easily across the ears. There is very little here that could be classed into any modern genre. Instead you have a band stretching the boundaries because they can and succeeding in showcasing imagination and chops. Wtach the video for album track Midtown then stream and buy There Are So Many Ways To Be Alone at the link below.


Lev Snowe: Faded Blue


Faded Blue is the sophomore EP from Winnipeg psych-pop artist Lev Snowe. The five tracks are  ethereal, dreamy and catchy. The EP serves up some unexpected edge and rawness at times from the guitars, coupled with imaginative synth pads and a sophisticated melodic sense both vocally and instrumentally. Atmospheric, reverby and enticing, the EP never fails to envelop the listener in a blanket of aural goodness, while abandoning stark commercialism for a more interesting musical palette. Stream and buy Faded Blue at the link below.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Night Show: The Night Show


L.A. based band The Night Show have released their debut S/T EP. The four tracks are laid back funky excursions that recall a bygone era and are distinctly different from most L.A. band fare. This is not just rehash music. The band find a modern groove that delivers their music in an original and unique vibe that shows how everything new is old and visca versa. This is an EP of deep musical chops, with great arrangements, that is supremely listenable and fun. Oh, and it is a definite must have. Stream and buy The Night Show at the link below.

AFMusic: Quintessense 2008-2018


German indie label AFMusic celebrates its 10th birthday with a free compilation, Quintessense 2008-2018. The 30 tracks by 30 different bands span the decade of music with some of the label's best and brightest. Bands such a Principe Valiente, The Search and Emerald Park highlight an album that is deep with sonic goodness. With so much music downloadable for free, the label does honor to its curation of fine music and provides its patrons with enough music to keep the repeat going for a long time. Needless to say, this album is an absolute must have. Stream and download Quintessense 2008-2018 for free at the link below.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Hello Stranger: Long Division


Long Division is the debut album from the Los Angeles power trio Hello Stranger. The eleven tracks are a blend of metal, prog rock and commercial alt rock that deliver a hard driving and melodic anthemic rock. Vocals play out intimate ballads, while guitars tower in defiance. This is commercial hard rock at its stylish best, though it is also heavily cliched musically and derivative stylistically. It's way past time for hard rock/metal bands to chart a sound of their own rather than rehashing Metallica and Iron Maiden licks ad infinitum Stream and buy Long Division at the link below.

Jackson Reed: Dark Areas of Description


Dark Areas of Description is the sophomore EP from Ontario singer/songwriter Jackson Reed on So Sorry Records. The seven tracks are silky folkrock with nice arrangements and instrumental touches. However, this is an EP that misses the mark on many levels. The drums seem to play no purpose other than to drag down the tracks, the muted production stifles any sense of intimacy and the whole EP could benefit from the tempos being up a little bit. The three instrumental tracks are over simplistic throwaways. An OK record, but not one that engages or encourages repeated plays. Stream and buy Dark Areas of Description at the link below.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Soft Science: Maps



Maps is the third album from Sacramento quintet Soft Science on Test Pattern Records. The ten tracks show the dreamgaze auteurs taking the best parts of shoegaze and dreampop, and crafting a sound as tasteful as pizza. This is an album from a band that has matured into one of the most articulate and irresistable bands to come out of California in a long time. With enough musical chops to fell a forest and the siren like musings of vocalist Katey Haley, the band bangs through tracks that will stir the loins. This is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Maps at the link below.

Nicholas Merz: The Limits of Men


The Limits of Men is the debut album from Seattle singer/songwriter and Darto frontman Nicholas Merz. The nine tracks have a definite Nick Cave vibe going on. That's a heady comparison that we wouldn't wish on any artist, but Merz rises to the challenge with an album of lyrical depth and musical quality and immense songwriting chops. The album brims with interesting melodic twists, inventive instrumental sounds and an artistic maturity lacking in much of modern music. This is an absolute must have. Stream and buy The Limits of Men at the link below.

Friday, June 22, 2018

High Disciple: High Disciple


New Jersey band High Disciple have released their S/T debut album. The six instrumental tracks come across as free form jams, highlighting a style that channels reggae vibes and some glitchy flourishes. What is lacking is the forceful beat and engagement expected by most modern electronic music listeners, or compositions that would showcase the variety and chops to attract a more rock leaning audience. In the end this is an album that lacks a compelling raison d'etre, leaving a release that falls short, both thematically and musically. Stream and buy High Disciple at the link below.

Tom Richardson: Promise Of The Light


Promise Of The Light is the new EP from Australian singer/songwriter Tom Richardson. The six tracks are carefully crafted folk rock pieces, where emotion flourishes and expression is foremost. The EP is laid back like Jack John, but is not as overtly commercial. This is a singer/songwriter album that serves up deep lyrics, alluring arrangements and stylish production. Richardson is an artist that is interesting and original, offering plenty of chops to engage with. Stream and buy Promise Of The Light at the link below.

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.