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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Spiryt: Spiryt


French artist Spiryt has released his S/T debut album on Italian indie label Seahorse Recordings. The 14 tracks are guitar based ambient, electronica, with a dark sheen and atmospheric textures. The tracks employ repetitive instrumental phrases to build pieces that at times play out as spatial imagery and at other times as dense foreboding landscapes. With a distinct orchestral vibe and complex musical stylings, the tracks are engaging beyond mere ambient aspects. Stream and buy Spiryt at the link below.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Nonconnah: Path Of Totality/Rapture Drugs


Path Of Totality/Rapture Drugs is the first advance track from the upcoming album Dead Roses, Digged UP Zombies, Broken Pieces Of Diamonds, Live Cats, by Memphis based electronic/noise collective Nonconnah. The track has a dark sinister sheen, with omnipresent heavy drones. Laced with noisey appendages and a siren like scream, it tempts the listener to be impaled on the sonic rocks hidden in the aural spectre. The music is deep and complex adding to its devilishly dark sonic imagery. This is very cool stuff as we have come to expect from this accomplished group. Stream the track and buy the album at the link below.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Llarks: Tremolo Charm Forever


Tremolo Charm Forever is the latest release from Alabama based, FZB favorite, Llarks. The fourteen minute extended track is a sublime passage through ambient forests of spritely pitches, droning textures and overlapping lines of melody. The work has a decidedly otherworldly vibe, invoking visions of pan flute playing specters, complete with dancing elves, hovering creatures of light and an all encompassing scene of aural imagery. This is a musical excursion that engages the senses and imagination. Stream and buy Tremolo Charm Forever at the link below.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Antilophobia: Archive


Archive is the debut album from Berlin based composer Antilophobia on Chez Kito Kat Records. The eight tracks encompass a dense set of darkish drone and ambient textures. Deep, with an atmospheric vibe and subliminal passages, the album plays out as an immersive sonic experience sharing the kind of mental engagement one finds in abstract expressionist painting. Stream and buy Archive at the link below.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

S.H.I.Z.U.K.A.: Infinite Eyes


French producer S.H.I.Z.U.K.A. has released his sixth album Infinite Eyes on Chez Kito Kat Records. The nineteen tracks, presented as a series of short aural Haikus, are a journey through a wide ranging landscape of electronica. Employing ingenious synth pads and textures, the tracks exist in a space between ambient soundscapes and fully formed songs, with aspects of both present. What one finds is a highly original and unique listening experience that challenges the listener with its length and depth. This is very cool stuff that any electronic music aficionado will relish. Stream and buy Infinite Eyes at the link below.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Broads: A Small Box Over A Global Goal


A Small Box Over A Global Goal is the new album from UK electronic auters Broads. A longtime FZB favorite, Broads' new album serves up 11 tracks of inspired synth programming and orchestration. The duo of James Ferguson and Mark Jennings have always taken a melodic approach to their music, never satisfied to grasp quick cliched sounds or simplistic stylings, they continue to deliver music that engages the imagination with a varied palette of aural imagery. This is an album of depth, musicianship and beauty. A definite must have. Watch the video for album track, A Safe Space In Us, then stream and buy A Small Box Over A Global Goal at the link below.



Monday, March 18, 2019

Annie Taylor: Under Your Spell


Under Your Spell is the new single from Zurich based band Annie Taylor. The track is a nice romp through retro psychedelic forests of fuzz, reverb and jangle. Atmospheric vocals and a good beat are enjoyable, but the song lacks that spark either musically or lyrically to engage with the listener strongly. A good listen, but not something likely to find it's way onto repeat. Watch the video for the track, then stream and buy Under Your Spell at the link below.



Friday, March 15, 2019

Derek Schmidt: Major Arcana


San Francisco based artist Derek Schmidt has released his new album Major Arcana. The album is a major work of 22 songs which encompass Schmidt's interpretation of the 22 trump cards of the Tarot. The sheer breadth of a work comprising a 22 song cycle is daunting and one could expect that the songwriting might suffer or there would be shortcuts taken. Nothing could be further from the truth as respects this album. The songs have a wonderful prog folk character reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, melded together with imaginative synth pads, enticing stylistic qualities and engaging lyrical depth. Schmidt has risen to the occasion to deliver an album of sublime beauty and accomplishment, yielding an absolute must have. Stream and buy Major Arcana at the link below. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Evi Vine: Black//Light//White//Dark


London based artist Evi Vine has followed up her single, Sabbath, with the release of her new album Black//Light//White//Dark. The six tracks are dark, deep and haunting ballads, blending sensual vocals with heavy, metal based instruments and orchestral elements. Taken together, Vine weaves and intense, edgy vibe of moody and highly original music that defines her as an artist of stylistic intensity, unafraid to deliver music that is both engaging and challenging. Eschewing formula and sameness, Vine entices with a musical liturgy destined to build a fiercely loyal following ready to embrace her raw rock alter. A definite must have. Stream and buy Black//Light//White//Dark at the link below.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Applescal: Atlantis B/W Saints


Atlantis B/W Saints is the new single from Applescal on Amsterdam indie label Atomnation. The two tracks are inventive and engaging electronica, with the new lower BPM that is becoming more prevalent in the clubs. The tracks are sonically compelling, with a simple complexity that is intoxicating. The production is flawless and delivers an aural palette of intertwining melodic lines and inventive synth pads. This single is a must have. Stream and buy Atlantis B/W Saints at the link below.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

You Should Get To Know Us: Hole In Whatever


Hole in Whatever is the debut album from You Should Get To Know Us. This Dutch band give us twelve tracks that are a little bit The Searchers, a little bit Freddie and the Dreamers and a little bit every Mersey beat band that ever existed. All of it wrapped into a thoroughly modern take and redefinition of everything that made the 60s UK scene great. This could possibly be the most brilliant interpretation of the 60s ever recorded. At once familiar, but not derivative, with great songs, a truck full of musicianship and as much enjoyment as can be packed into one album. This is a great band performing great music and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Hole In Whatever at the link below.

Monday, March 11, 2019

SPC ECO: Fifteen


Fifteen is the newest album from FZB favorites SPC ECO. The UK based project of father/daughter team Dean Garcia ( Curve, Eurythmics) and Rose Berlin, with contributions from Jarek Leskiewicz (Opollo) have delivered fifteen tracks of superbly crafted and stunningly compelling synthpop. Forget all you believe and have heard in this genre, with every release SPC ECO transcend all that has come before, even their own recordings, redefining the heights their music and art can reach. They are quite simply the best the genre has ever produced and are likely to hold that position for a long time to come. Needless to say Fifteen is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Fifteen at the link below.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Lomb: Cuts


Cuts is the debut album from Italian duo Lomb. The nine tracks are dark, noisy and edgy, while still being hooky and commercial. This is a very fine line to tread for both an artist and a songwriter. Nine Inch Nails have always excelled at this and from this debut Lomb also seem to have this rare skill. The songs have that kind of sinister vibe musically, like dating someone dangerous, with all sensual excitement that entails. This is an expertly crafted record, that pushes boundaries, displays plenty of chops and is instantly engaging. A definite must have. Stream and buy Cuts at the link below.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Ernest Moon: Ba-jesus


Ba-jesus is the new EP from Liverpool band Ernest Moon. The four tracks are a melding of The Clash with Pulp. OMG we could just stop there, how good must that be. Well even better than you would expect. This is a band that has so much style, they make both the mods and the rockers look like so much Beverly Hillbillies. This EP is a perfectly played hand of bridge, an expertly shaken vodka martini (dirty of course) and a violently fast drive in an Aston Martin on the M1. Buy this record or cower in the corner where you belong. Stream and buy Ba-jesus at the link below.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Johanna Chase: Gone


Gone is the stylish new single from L.A. singer/songwriter Johanna Chase. The track showcases her totally compelling voice, that is both subtle in it's complexity and powerful in its depth. The song itself is so damn good we could see it on repeat till we collapse from exhaustion. It's rare to have such a completely perfect sound embodied in only one track. Please, please get your arse in the studio and give us an album. We'll beg if we have too. Watch the video for the track, then stream and buy Gone at the link below.



Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Skyscraper Stan: On Your Corner


On Your Corner is the new single from Melbourne singer/songwriter Skyscraper Stan. The track has a Nick Cave meets Chris Isaak vibe. It has a soulful swagger and a twangy rock personna blended together to deliver a dark saga of a ballad, with rich imagery and engaging lyric. If cool could be personified in song, this is it, with the mock indifference of Arthur Fonzarelli packaged along side the endearing concern of Morticia Adams. This track has it all, angst, the blues and a troubadour's tale. Stream and buy On Your Corner at the link below.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Matt Pless : Tumbleweed


Tumbleweed is the new album from Maryland singer/songwriter matt Pless. The twelve tracks are a rousing romp through a stylistic range that melds together Conor Oberst's Bright Eyes days, with doses of the Violent Femmes. Now that ought to wet your appetite for a listen and rightfully so. This is an inspired work that is as broad as it is deep. Clever lyrics and true folk instrumentation is delivered with vocals that are original and engaging. This is an album that one will come back to over and over, and is a definite must have. Stream and buy Tumbleweed at the link below.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Abigail Lapell: Getaway


Getaway is the new album from Toronto singer/songwriter Abigail Lapell. Right off the, one will be struck with a vocal and stylistic similarity to Cat Power. Now those are big shoes to fill and Lapell steps up big time. This is an album that is completely compelling from the first note. The songs are stylistically catchy, with lyrical depth and are the perfect vehicle for Lapell's sumptuous voice. The album is folky, in the truest sense of that word. You'll get a broad range of feeling and texture that will absolutely keep one engaged until you're calling in sick to work the next day because you stayed up all night listening to it. This is an absolute must have. Watch the video for album track, Down By The Water, then stream and buy Getaway at the link below.



Thursday, February 28, 2019

FBGM: High


High is the new single from Boston Duo FGBM. The track is a poppy piece of indie rock, with a nice beat and catchy hook. The lyrics are pure pop pablum for the masses, as is the track itself. This is music best suited for adult contemporary audiences longing for the days of bubble gum beats, simple melodies and sappy radio drive time DJs. A nice track that ultimately will engage at first, but will not stand the test of repeated plays. Stream and buy High at the link below.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Go Fever: Daydream Hawker


Daydream hawker is the sophomore release from Austin based Go Fever. The 5 tracks are superlative indie rock, with the huge vocals of Australian transplant Acey Monaro out front. The band is as tight as a conservative evangelist at a porn convention, with every part in its perfect place, yielding a sound as compelling as anything we've heard. This is one of those extremely rare records that is just perfect in every way from start to finish. Go Fever could well be the best new band we've heard in a long, long time. This is an EP that belongs on repeat till your batteries are dead and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Daydream Hawker at the link below.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Opollo: Heatwaves


FZB favorites Opollo are back with their new album Heatwaves. The five tracks are a rich collection of ambient/drone soundscapes that span a wide range of stylistic nuance. With deep textures and dense layers of sound yielding to a simple melodic consciousness, the album weaves a smart tapestry of aural experiences and imagery. Opollo continue to deliver masterful sonic landscapes that fully engage the senses. Stream and buy Heatwaves at the link below.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Drive-In Music Club: Drive In Music Club


Dublin band Drive-In Music Club have released their S/T debut album. The eleven tracks are sterling bluesy, soulful indie rock. With a sultry swagger and a sensual beat, this is an album as good as sitting alone in a dark room and eating a box of chocolate. This record has everything, from great vocals to instrumental work that would put the best Memphis has to offer to shame. Rarely does a debut record of such depth of musician ship and pure chops come along. This is an absolute must have that everyone needs to be aware of. Watch the video for album opener Trouble, then stream and by Drive-In Music Club at the link below.



Friday, February 22, 2019

A. Harlana: Ada Belle


Ada Belle is the new EP from A. Harlana. The three tracks have a heavy Bon Iver vibe. That said the comparison in no way takes away from the lush beauty in these three tracks, where the the same overly compelling music one would expect from Bon Iver can be found on this EP also. Packed with simple sounding complexity, supple arrangements and a totally engaging sonic presence, this EP is a rare example where imitation can be just what is needed, with this being a fine record that absolutely stands on its own. Watch the video for EP track Faces, then stream and buy Ada Belle at the link below.



Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Fisherman & The Sea: The Hurt & The Humour


The Hurt & The Humour is the debut full length from Helsinki based The Fisherman & The Sea, aka the project of singer/songwriter Jon Eden. The eleven tracks are highly original takes on styles ranging from folk to indie rock. Eden shows an accomplishment as both a songwriter and musician well past what could reasonably be expected on a debut record. This record surprises at every turn, with compelling songs, vocals, instrumental arrangements and just plain sonic goodness. Whether it be the stylistic range covered or the pure energy injected into every track, this is an album that is totally engaging and will stand as one of our favorites for the year. An absolute must have. Stream and buy The Hurt & The Humour at the link below.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Om Wahs: Death Western


Death Western is the debut EP from Austin band Om Wahs. The six tracks tread a fine line between post-punk and prog rock. What results is an interesting, if uneven, amalgam that at times sounds like inspired pop punk aesthetics and at other times like jam band pretentiousness. One wants to like this album, but the uneven tenor makes engagement difficult. What your left with is moments of excellence, interspersed with moments where the lack of discipline and direction make you want to hit the stop button. Overall a good example of why successful recordings have a producer, because what this record is missing is someone who had a cohesive vision. Stream and buy Death Western at the link below.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Chemist: Reflect


Reflect is the debut album from Denver based band Chemist. The eight tracks are stylish altrock, that are heavy, moody and angsty. Like the preponderance of heavy altrock, this album stays close to the formula, never venturing into anything unique or original. With influences from Tool to My Chemical Romance, the band delivers a solid album that hits the mark for hard rock/EMO aficionados, but does little to try and lift the genre out of its tired doldrums of formulaic music. Stream and buy Reflect at the link below.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Bob Mould: Sunshine Rock


If indie and punk had royalty, former Husker Du and Sugar frontman Bob Mould would be seated on the throne. Mould is back with a new album, Sunshine Rock on Merge Records. The twelve tracks deliver everything one would expect from a great artist. The songs are raw, edgy, catchy and expertly crafted. Mould delivers up superlative vocals, lyrical depth and a sound as compelling as sex. Needless to say, the album is an absolute must have. Watch the Sunshine Rock Studio Session, then stream and buy Sunshine Rock at the link below.



Thursday, February 14, 2019

Anda Volley: Spirited


Spirited is yet another new release from FZB favorite synthesizer auter Anda Volley. This track was composed for the short film Transmission 1: lady L. by filmmaker Alexis Karl. As is usual with Volley's work, we are once again privileged with her mastery of everything synth, and with her skill as a producer in full flower. Needless to say this is an absolute must have. Watch the film, then stream and buy Spirited at the link below.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Phog: Pronounced Fog


Pronounced Fog is the debut EP from Portland band Fog. The two tracks (one a 12+ minute extended work) are interesting blends of 60's psychedelia, noise rock and post-punk. What you get is a highly original sound that is raw, edgy and hypnotic. Slicing through the noise are pristine guitar sounds, a dark vibe and a stylish patina. This is a record that stands on its own as a work of art that transcends mere rock and becomes an almost sinister caricature of what music has become in this era of banal commercialism. Stream and buy Pronounced Fog at the link below.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Anda Volley: Arrival


Long time FZB favorite artist/producer Anda Volley is back with a devastatingly good new single and video Arrival. Volley is an artist of great musical maturity, plying her synths with a stylish reverence for originality and musicality. Her releases have moved from strength to strength, with ever imaginative electronic creations that entice listeners with compelling sounds and moody presentations. Watch the video, then stream and buy  the must have Arrival at the link below.

Monday, February 11, 2019

At Pavillon: Believe Us


Believe Us is the debut album from Vienna based At Pavillon on Las Vegas Records. The eleven tracks are something rare today, unique, original indie rock. There are a multitude of influences in the music. None stand out apart from the overall sound, having been meticulously subsumed into an original, cohesive sound that completely satisfies on every level. The album is full of catchy songs, compelling arrangements and engaging vocals. This is just a super strong record from start to finish and an absolute must have. Stream and buy Believe Us at the link below.

Friday, February 8, 2019

David Vassalotti: Guitar Dream


Brooklyn indie label Wharf Cat Records has released Guitar Dream, the sophomore album from David Vassalotti. The ten tracks are a delightful take on indie rock, with catchy sounds, well crafted lyrics and nice stylistic changes. The album is a bit dreamy, but not overly so and has a multitude of melodic guitar parts acting as a partner to the vocals. All this is paired with unexpected dynamic swings, heavy passages and engaging indie rock music that will satiate even the most jaded aficionado. Stream and buy Guitar Dream at the link below.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Stonerpop: Apollo


Apollo is the latest album from Louisiana based duo Stonerpop. The nine tracks are tasty synthpop, the makes its own path rather than regurgitating the Chvrches, Beach House stylings so prevalent today. Instead, the duo of Maudie Michelle and Jimmie Maneuva, serve up music that brandishes elements of 80's new wave, Nine Inch Nails synthpads and their own edgy, original take on electronica. With a vast array of guitar and synth sounds paired with Michelle's compelling voice, this is a must have album that should be in everyone's collection. Stream and buy Apollo at the link below.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

OX4: Turn Over


Israeli band OX4 have released a new single Turn Over. The track is an interesting and original take on eighties new wave stylings. With a sound that is club ready, a sultry atmospheric vocal and a glitchy, synthy guitar that is catchy all on its own. This is a band that evokes images that range from Blondie to Human League. The single is just cool. An engaging and a definite must have, which is likely to be on repeat till your battery goes dead. Stream Turn Over at the link below.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Adam Wendler: All Or Nothing


All Or Nothing is the new album from Berlin based Canadian indie folk artist Adam Wendler. The eleven tracks are smart, catchy folk music, with plenty of dynamic, melodic and stylistic variety. The songs have strong hooks, engaging lyrics and humable melodies. Unlike the overly pretentious music of so many current folk purveyors, Wendler delivers music that is light, fun and compelling. At its heart folk music is music for folks, for people to sing and get stuck in their head, not music of overly ego satisfying lyrics and self important statements of artist presence. It is refreshing to get a folk album that is for folks, where good music is its own statement and engagement is the reward. Stream and buy All Or Nothing at the link below.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Wrong Body: Benzo Edits


Vienna label Cut Surface Records brings us Benzo Edits, the debut album from Wrong Body, aka Dino Spiluttini. The 6 tracks are dark, synthpop, with Spiluttini's big baritone voice front and center. The vocals give the track a wholly original sound that recalls the days of classic lounge singer  blended with Joy Division's Ian Curtis. This is an album of depth and ingenuity, but also is not a record that will likely find wide appeal. Both the instrumental and vocals stylings are acquired tastes and will appeal to those that like their music both dark and catchy, but also adventurous and out of the box. Stream and buy Benzo Edits at the link below.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Simon Waldram: Life's Forgotten Dream


Life's Forgotten Dream is the Small Bear Records debut from Nottingham based singer/songwriter Simon Waldram. The track, which features backing vocals from Emzae, is an atmospheric dream pop piece, with drony synths and melodies that swirl in an ether of hazy music goodness. Small Bear Records is one of our favorite labels and this track is a good example of why. Stream and buy Life's Forgotten Dream at the link below.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Steve Nash: You're On My Mind


You're On My Mind is the new single from Small Bear Records recording artist Steve Nash. The track is a nice smooth pop song. It has a solid hook, engaging melody and is just a good pretty song, which is sometimes enough. This is music without pretense or ego, it's simple, with lyrics that are personal and universal. Stream and buy You're On My Mind at the link below.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Lucy Morris: Swimming In Broad Waters


Swimming In Broad Waters is the debut EP from Isle of Man band Lucy Morris, a collaboration of Postcode members Marie Reynolds and Kieran Ball, with contributions from Martyn Cain and Steve Leach, released by Small Bear Records. The 3 tracks are a stylish and engaging take on progressive folk melded to a bit of a post-punk aesthetic. There is a compelling vibe to the vocals which pair perfectly to the deep lyrics. Instrumental arrangements have nice melodic passages, the drums deliver that perfect drum sound that only comes with a hard hitting drummer and the guitar alternates between a darkish twang and moody subtle tonality. Overall a very strong EP that will likely find its way on repeat. Watch the video for EP track Five Days, then stream and buy Swimming In Broad Waters at the link below.



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Liz Hogg: Liz Hogg


Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Liz Hogg has released her S/T debut album. The ten tracks are an amalgam of experimental, avant garde song stylings. Hogg eschews any vestiges of song form and song craft, to deliver an album that is pure art for arts sake. There is an ample display of instrumental chops, and some hints at pleasing vocals, but as a whole the album is disjointed and lacking of a musical center to which the listener can engage. We appreciate the artistic expression resident in this album, but it will appeal to a very small segment of listeners who like their music way out in left field. Stream and buy Liz Hogg at the link below.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Pacer: Bangers


Bangers is the sophomore single from Toronto band Pacer. The track is in the vein of heavier Weezer stuff, with a good beat, fuzzed out guitars and reverby vocals. The song is engaging, but the instrumental parts are a bit repetitious and lackluster. This is a good band that needs to find their legs as recording artists and mature a bit with their offerings. Definitely worth a listen, but not likely to be a heavy repeat song. Stream and buy Bangers at the link below.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Aeges: Drifter


L.A. band Aeges is back with a new single, Drifter. The track, plus a bonus acoustic version, is an EMO emulating piece reminiscent of The Used and Panic at the Disco. Hard, dark, noisy and edgy, with plenty of teenage angst, pounding guitars and heaviness. The acoustic version loses none of the edge and is an enjoyable counterpoint to the full band version. Stream and buy Drifter at the link below.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Liya: Listen


Listen is the new EP from Israeli artist Liya on Australian label Blind Mice Productions. The four tracks are dark synthpop, with influences from Bjork to Polica. Deep, engaging synthpads, with a slight noise laden production, atmospheric vocals and towering harmonies abound. There is a bit of a retro feel to the synths, but not in a derivative way, the music is fresh and smart, drawing the listener into the songs. This is a solid EP that should find its way onto repeat for a while. Stream and buy Listen at the link below.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

George Crotty Trio: Four String Nomad


Four String Nomad is the latest album from the George Crotty Trio. The seven tracks are not your usual fair, but rather are an imaginative and original take on the classic jazz trio with a cellist, bass and drums. The music and arrangements show depth and virtuosity, with engaging counterpoint, nice improvisational passages and complex, yet accessible stylings. This is some of the most original jazz we've heard in a long time and the cello makes a great lead instrument for this format. This album is darkish, exciting and totally compelling; an absolute must have. Stream and buy Four String Nomad at the link below.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Pas Musique: Electronic Brain and A Finnish Bedtime Story


Brooklyn based electronic outfit Pas Musique have released Electronic Brain and A Finnish Bedtime Story as advance tracks for their album The Phoenix, due in March on indie label Alrealon Musique. The two tracks are different in sonic vibe and character. Both are avant garde electronic, with the former being very free form and glitchy, while the latter is more melodic and noisey. Both tracks are more to the experimental side of electronic music and will appeal to those who like their electronic adventurous, unique and original. Stream and buy Electronic Brain and A Finnish Bedtime Story At the link below.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Macintop: C i d a d e D o V í c i o け陰ン


Brazilian electronic group Macintop brings us their debut album C i d a d e  Do  V í c i o  け陰ン. The nine tracks are electronic bedroom pop with a bit of a chill vibe, some edgyness and nice stylistic range. This is music that is anti-genre, residing in a no mans land where elements of pop, electronica, ambient and chill wave are merged into a unique aural offering. Retro synth pads abound, as does an energetic vibe. Not sure if this is a release that will find its way to repeat as there is a lack of engaging character, but it is a nice listen. Stream and buy C i d a d e  D o  vVí c i o  け陰ン at the link below. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Norman Salant: Always All Around You


Always All Around You is the latest album from NYC singer/songwriter Norman Salant. The ten tracks are nice, stylish folkrock and Americana, with lyrical depth, imaginative arrangements and crisp production from the likes of JP Bowersock (Ryan Adams and The Strokes). The album is engaging in its totality and has a sonic vibe that will keep the listener fixated and the album on repeat. Over the course of 21 releases spanning seven years, Salant has shown both creative prowess and staying power. This is an artist who should be in everyone's collection and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Always All Around You at the link below.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Chez.Kito.Kat Records: Kit Sounds Eight


Montreal indie label, Chez.Kito.Kat Records is celebrating their twelfth birthday by giving everyone a gift. Kit Sounds Eight is the 8th edition of their compilation series and is available as a free download on Bandcamp. The album features seventeen of the label's artists and ranges from analog techno to psychedelic rock, ambient, breakbeat, experimental and electronica. This is a great way to grab over an hour and a half of music from this fine indie label and is a definite must have. Stream and download Kit Sounds Eight at the link below.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Yellow6: Reflect


British guitarist and Silber Records artist, Jon Attwood, has been making pristine instrumental music under his Yellow6 moniker for 20 years. To mark this milestone, he brings us a truly epic work, the 5 CD set, Reflect. This massive artistic undertaking is all new music and stands as a testament to a guitarist that rises above mere genre and stylistic formats to create music of superlative depth and sublime beauty. It is almost unfathomable to try and conceptualize the sheer magnitude of an undertaking, that is surely the artistic equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest. What the listener will find in this gigantic compendium, is an incredible array of instrumental chops, an inspired sense of composition and arrangement, crisp production and an abundance of damn fine music. This collection is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Reflect at the link below.

Burner: Burner


After releasing the devastating single, PSA, in December, Toronto punks Burner are back with their S/T debut EP. The seven tracks are thrash aristocracy, showcasing the band's hardcore roots. This is music that accepts no bounds and takes no prisoners. Punk is meant to challenge and Burner is the school bully kicking the arse of all the lame pussy pop in its territory. You'll get enough edge to slit tires, the kind of rawness that will make your parents worry and all of the attitude that gives full authenticity to the punk aesthetic. A definite must have. Stream and by Burner at the link below.