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Friday, February 16, 2018

Date Month Year: March

March is the latest in a long line of singles from New Zealand band Date Month Year. The track features tight harmonies in a catchy pop assemblage of stylish indie rock. With a stunning vocals lead and strong guitar drive, this is a single that will keep your head in the game and leave you wanting a proper album release to satiate your desires. Stream and buy March at the link below.

Mary and The Ram: The Cross

UK duo Mary and The Ram, aka Kiran Tanna and Dom Smith, have released their debut single The Cross b/w The Dream. The two tracks are produced by the legendary John Fryer (NIN, Depeche Mode), and have a dark sinister feel, where one expects to encounter devilish images in a sex drenched haze of abandon. Having an industrial sheen and ample amounts of originality, the songs play out as theatrical poems across the cerebral senses. Heavy, commanding and intense, these tracks are a must have. Stream and buy The Cross at the link below.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kudzu: Defeated

Defeated is the sophomore release from Springfield, Missouri based duo Kudzu, aka Seth Goodwin and Mark Gillenwaters. The nine tracks are razor sharp post-punk hewn from the like of Gang of Four, Public Image Ltd. and FZB favorites, The KVB. Dark and noisy, with a ferocious sound that pushes one to the edge of the cliff, only to be pulled back at the last minute. This is music that compels attention, demands volume and impresses thoroughly. Just a damn fine record and a must have. Stream and buy Defeated at the link below.

Roaming Herds of Buffalo: The Bugbears

Seattle indie rock masters Roaming Herds of Buffalo have released their fifth album, The Bugbears. The eight tracks are skillfully crafted post-punk gems that will satisfy the most jaded rockophile. The album is full of imaginative songs, where tasty licks propel the listener through an album that is as engaging as a stalker girlfriend, with its dark, edgy, fuzzed out goodness. Seattle continues to develop fine bands in its incubator and Roaming Herds of Buffalo continue to deliver. Stream and buy The Bugbears at the link below.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Digster Wednesday Playlists

Here we are at another session of the Digster Wednesday Playlists. Today we've got something completely different for the adventurous souls out there with Digster's South Africa Playlists. Take a musical journey to Johannesburg with the Hits playlist and find out what's hot with the hip Afrikaners through 63 of the most happening tunes. Then there's Dancefloor, over three hours of music to give you a night out at the tip of the continent; or try the new Music Friday playlists to see what's trending where the surfing is good and the sharks are huge. Try all the Digster South Africa Playlists at the link below.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Telescopes: Stone Tape

Shoegaze legends, The Telescopes have released Stoned Tape, their new concept album via underground publishing house Yard Press. The six tracks conceptualize the obscure Stone Tape Theory; where inanimate objects are believed to be able to absorb energy from living beings and then release this energy during times of emotional upheaval or traumatic events. The album is dark and hazy, with a sense of foreboding, cutting through atmospheric vocals, sinister voiced guitars and well placed noise. The album evokes a deep vibe where the listener is enveloped in a dense, immersive sonic experience. Watch the video for album track Everything Must Be, then stream and buy Stone Tape at the link below.

Andy K. Leland: Mr. Panic Video

Back in October we reviewed Happy Daze, the debut EP from Andy K. Leland, aka ex My Cruel Goro bassist and songwriter Andrea Marcellini. Check out the review here. Now, we are pleased to share an enjoyable video for the EP track Mr. Panic. Watch it below.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Omhouse: Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye is the debut full length from Toronto based indie rock band Omhouse. The ten tracks are stunning examples of just how good a debut album can be. What one will find are imaginative arrangements, with nice time changes and instrumental shading. This is an album that is strong in every aspect, from start to finish. The vocals are engaging, the guitar playing is masterful, the rhythm section is tight and the production is crisp. Very rarely does a band come along that manages to put it all together so effectively. Destined to be one of our favorite albums of the year, this is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Eye to Eye at the link below.

Dawn Of 7th Sky: New Horizon

French post-hardcore band Dawn Of 7th Sky have released a two track single, New Horizon b/w Frozen. The tracks are supremely heavy attacks on the pop senses, in a similar vein to Evanescence. With lilting pop passages punctuated by metal interludes and towering lead guitar lines, the atmospheric vocals take on a tense, dark sonic vibe. Beautiful and foreboding, this is a band that dares to push the boundaries of pop with a brutal precision. Stream and buy New Horizon at the link below.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Mis+Ress: Miss+Ress

New Jersey artist producer Mis+Ress, aka Brian Wenckebach, has released his debut S/T album. The ten tracks are deep, luxurious waves of melodic ambient guitar. Created with a single guitar and an array of effects pedals, the album showcases a musician and producer creating complex simplicity, melodic drones and a vibrant sonic experience. However, the $1,000 minimum price to download the album, does give one pause as to why the artist does not want the music downloaded. Is this a valid tool to encourage buying cassettes and CDs, or an artistic ego struggling for supremacy in a world where music mainly exists on a smart phone. Stream and buy Mis+Ress at the link below.

Vlor: Lavished/Luxate

Lavished/Luxate is the new album from Vlor, the duo of Brian John Mitchell (Remora) and Russell Halasz. The 34 tracks are a lofi, DIY descent into experimental guitar music. With elements of folk, noise and full on avante garde exploration, this huge work brings to light the vision of how far a guitar can be pushed to embody that which is not commercial, hooky or banal. Bereft of any semblance of traditional guitar music, the album pushes the envelop of melody, tone and structure to deliver a experimental piece unapologetic in its search for originality. Stream and download Lavished/Luxate at the link below.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Nonconnah: Winter EP '17

Memphis based artist/producer Nonconnah, aka Zachary Corsa, has released his Winter EP '17 on North Carolina's vaunted Silber Records. The five tracks are full on experimental drones and ambient escapades in the cold nether regions of experimental music. Deep and dense, with field recordings, synths and noise, the EP brings to light sinister grey scenes and imagery that will satiate the most forlorn wintry soul. Embrace the cold, dark reality of the season and hunker down by the fire with imaginative ambient textures and unique sonic themes. Stream and buy Winter EP '17 at the link below.

Zeus Sprinsteen: Zeus Springsteen

Vermont based band Zeus Springsteen, have released their S/T debut album. The seven tracks are stylish indie rock, that engages the listener from the first note. There is a lofi vibe with the tracks being over EQ'd or just poorly recorded, giving the songs a harsh texture that detracts from the quality of the music. That said, one will find strong vocals, a tight rhythm section and some tasty guitar licks. A good debut effort that would have benefited greatly from better production. Stream and download Zeus Springsteen at the link below.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Digster Wednesday Playlists

It Wednesday, so that means another installment of the Digster Wednesday Playlists. This week we brings you the Digster Party Playlists, guaranteed to get you through the winter blues. Start with Top Diva anthems, 68 songs featuring the vocal gymnastics of the world's best female vocalists, Try the Close Down The Bar playlist, four hours of music to get hot with on those cold nights; you can snuggle up with Winter Chill, 61 songs to keep you warm under the covers; or you can get up and dance with Party Electronic, over eight hours of music to keep you moving on even the coldest days. Find these and many, many more on the Digster Party Playlists at the link below.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tango With Lions: The Light

Greek indie label Inner Ear Records brings us The Light, the new album from Tango With Lions. After a five tear wait since their last album, the nine tracks are deep, haunting interludes that go from slow sexy ballads to up temp escapades, all the while propelled by the absolutely mesmerizing vocals of frontwoman Katrina Papachristou. The band moves effortlessly through tight complex arrangements that yield catchy changes, enlightened phrasing and a turn of the unexpected. This is a definite must have. Stream and buy The Light at the link below.

Heligoland: Coriallo

Coriallo is the new EP from French trio Heligoland. The five tracks, produced and mixed by Cocteau Twins mastermind Robin Guthrie, are shimmering, atmospheric dream pop, with an ethereal vocal sheen. The production is crisp and clean, with each glistening part having its own sonic space and the whole of each track then engaging the senses on an intimate level. The tracks are anchored by stunning guitar and bass, but with additional depth and uniqueness from a Finnish Kantele, providing an unexpected compliment to the finely crated songs. Stream and buy Coriallo at the link below.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Freevolt: Open Up Your Door

Open Up Your Door is the new album from Massachusetts band Freevolt. The seven tracks are a lively mix of goodtime rock and roll, R&B, Funk and reggae. What you have then is an album that gets your arse shaking and you feet moving till the carpet wears through. With lofi production, an edgy sheen and superlative musicianship, this is a band you can't help but like. The album is as engaging as a night of friends buying all your beers. Stream and buy Open Up Your Door at the link below.

Bee Bee See: Sonic Boomerang

Italian psych-punk trio Bee Bee See have released Sonic Boomerang, their sophomore album on UK label Dirty Water Records. The eight tracks are lofi, twangy and sparse, with a sound reminiscent of Thee Oh Sees and similar bands. With an edgy blend of psychedlic styling and punk brashness, the band deliver an album that rips across the ether like a loud mortocyle on a Sunday morning. This is an album that will grab you and not let go. A perfect pairing with a burger on the steps of a Soho walk up, this album is a must have. Stream and buy Sonic Boomerang at the link below.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Braggers: Live

Kansas City garage punk powerhouse Braggers are back with Live, a look at the band at their most pristine. The seven tracks show seminal Midwest punk artist Estebon Leon leading a band that delivers a live album of gigantic proportions. The album puts together raw guitars, Leon's own brand of pop-punk lyrics and one of the tightest drummers in rock, to give you a live album for the ages. This thing kicks your arse in perfect punk intimacy. Destined to be one of the best albums of 2018 and an absolute must have. Stream and buy Live at the link below.

Duran Duran: Girls On Film 1979 Demo

Here's something unique for FZB readers. Cleopatra Records has just released the 1979 demo recordings for Duran Duran's debut album Girls On Film. The four tracks were recorded in UB40's home studio and were made prior to Simon Le Bon joining the band, featuring instead, the band's original frontman Andy Wickett. The EP includes the original version of Girls On Film, as well as the track See Me Repeat Me, which would later be transformed into the hit Rio. This historically important EP is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Girls On Film 1979 Demo at the link below.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

George Crotty & Kirk Starkey: Vidi Aquam

Vidi Aquam is the stunning debut EP from George Crotty & Kirk Starkey. The duo weave wonderfully expressive lines of melodic cellos and totally engaging rhythms, to create a breathtaking work of compelling instrumental music. Collored with varied techniques and the occasional synth pad, the EP bathes the senses in a richly textured sonic experience. Cello is such an expressive instrument and this EP delivers all of the nuance and emotion that one could ask for. Stream and buy Vidi Aquam at the link below.

Bashful Hips: People. Nature. Death.

People. Nature. Death. is the new album from Chicago's Bashful Hips, aka singer/songwriter Ian Fellerman. The twelve tracks showcase compelling songwriting, set in a bed of original indie rock arrangements. This is an artist that has bucked the trend of totally derivative indie and found his own sound, which greatly enhances the depth of the lyrics. That said the songs are not catchy and the album unfolds with a feeling of not being able to hang on to the sound. It's just sort of there, with one never feeling too engaged with it. Watch the video for album track A Dog's Humanity, then stream and buy People. Nature. Death. at the link below.