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Friday, September 28, 2012

Future Screens: Future Screens

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Future Screens has reworked their debut EP (previously reviewed) into a self-titled debut EP from this Brooklyn synthpop band.  This seems to be a late summer for great debut records and Future Screens is another one. This is a band that has honed their craft, delivering an album that is mature, well written, flawlessly performed and crisply produced. Future Screens will instantly sound familiar, but yet is not overly derivative. Backed with R&B tinged stylings and retro 80's synth vibe, Future Screens is both totally today and successful by every musical measure. This is a band that is destined for much bigger things. Get in on the ground floor. Stream and buy Future Screens at the link below.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tones: Grassysweater

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Grassysweater is the debut EP from San Antonio electronic artist Tones. The three tracks are glitchy, catchy and all the other y's one can think of. Lo-fi production textures tie together elements from ambient, freak folk and synthpop into a nice sonic mix.  Tones is on the fringe rather than the lamestream, preferring a unique and unexpected aesthetic rather than commercial hooks and radio ready sounds. Stream and download Grassysweater at the link below.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Hands: Whichever Way You'll Have It

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 Whichever Way You'll Have It is the new single from Hamilton, Ontario band New Hands. If a single track is all you offer, it should really sound like this one. Epic, commercial, masterfully written and produced, Whichever Way You'll Have It is one of those rare perfect tracks that has it all. This then begs the question of why not more. In the last year New Hands has had a total output of just two tracks . For a band this good, they really need to focus on a proper release so there is more to hang on to. Come on guys, we love what we hear, so give us more. Stream and download Whichever Way You'll Have It for free at the link below.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Rest: Hey! For Horses Video

The Rest deliver the best and most unique video, for their track Hey! For Horses, that I've seen in a long time. Murderous horses and fornicating puppets, who could ask for more. Watch it below.

Stagnant Pools: Termporary Room

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Temporary Room is the debut album from Indianapolis duo Stagnant Pools. Comprised of brothers Bryan and Douglass Enas, Stagnant Pools blend art rock with post-punk to deliver an album that shares a sonic vibe with Roxy Music and Joy Division. Sparse and hard edged, the twelve tracks occupy a space more ragged than the afore mentioned bands, showing Stagnant Pools willingness to not play it safe. Again we have a debut of rare merit from a band that has the future ahead of them. Stream and buy Temporary Room at the link below.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Electric Corpse: Electric Corpse

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Electric Corpse is the self-titled debut EP from this Detroit post-punk band. The four tracks showcase a unique blend of garage and new wave, with a touch of goth for good measure. Stylistically the songs are lyrically deep and feature a driving guitar as counterpoint to the melodic vocals. This is an excellent debut and definately makes one want to know where this band will go in the future. Stream and buy Electric Corpse at the link below.

Travel Check: Black and White Video

Here's an imaginative video for the Travel Check track Black and White from their FZB reviewed EP Acid beats.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sturqen: RAIA

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RAIA is the latest album from Portuquese electronic duo Sturqen, aka David Arantes & César Rodrigues. The album is heavy and atmopheric, with dense layers of immaginative synth pads and effects. RAIA bristles with electronic power and sterling production taking one on a deep journey in the world of the artists. This is electronic music with an intensity and dynamic quality that is very rare. Sturqen are now on my list of favorite electronic artists. Stream and download RAIA at the link below.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ricky Eat Acid + Arrange: Sketches

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FZB favorite and perrenial artist on our best of lists, Arrange, is back in a collaboration with Ricky Eat Acid, that gives us the wonderful EP Sketches. Malcom Lacey (Arrange) handles vocals and synths, while Sam Ray (Ricky Eat Acid) handles multi-instruments and production. The result is a four track EP full of lush, atmospheric synthpop. This collaboration sees both artists continue their tremendous growth. This is a great EP...nuff said. Stream and download Sketches at the link below.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wizard Oz: Flashing Lights

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Flashing Lights is the latest album from Melbourne dreampop duo Wizard Oz. The nine tracks are produced with a nice a lo-fi sensability. The duo combine catchy pop songs and some cool synths to deliver a reverby  album of fine quality. Imaginative songs, lush guitars and some cool beats top it all off. Wizard Oz put it all together on this release. Stream and download Flashing lights for free at the link below.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Travel Check: Go Back Home Video

To go along with their EP review (below), here's a cool video of the Travel Check track, Go Back Home:

Travel Check: Acid Beats

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Acid Beats is the new EP from French garage trio Travel Check. The four tracks have a lo-fi aesthetic, coupled to a psychedelic vibe and post-punk stylings. Moving from light and open to moody and brooding, Acid Beats has a depth that touches one's inner being, making for a personal listening experience. This is some fine garage band music and belongs in your collection. Stream and download Acid Beats for free at the link below.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Teen Suicide: i will be my own hell because there is a devil inside my body

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I will be my own hell because there is a devil inside my body, is the rather lengthy titled new album from Maryland pop-punk trio Teen Suicide. Full of teenage angst and jangly guitars, the ten tracks are a blend of raw in your face lo-fi punk, paired with a pop vibe and song stylings. Smartly performed and perfectly under produced, This album works from the first note to the last. This is a band to take notice of. Stream and download i will be my own hell because there is a devil inside my body for free at the link below.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Finer Points Of Sadism (FPS): Full Of Hooks

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Boise, Idaho's The Finer Points Of Sadism (FPS) have released their latest work, Full Of Hooks. Comprised of the husband and wife duo of Jacobb and Ashley Sackett, FPS make dense, dark post-punk music that is highly unique. Full of Hooks is a massive album of eighteen tracks featuring a mournful vibe and forboding textures. While not for everyone, FPS' music is sensual and intimate, challenging the listener to open up to the experience and then rewarding one with imaginative and distinct stylings. Stream and download Full Of Hooks for free at the link below.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Carson Wells: Wonderkid

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Wonderkid is the new album from Aberdeen, Scotland post-punk trio Carson Wells. The nine tracks are raw and infectious, seemingly existsing at the tipping point between control and chaos. Powerful, melodic, noisy, driven, heavy...Wonderkid has it all, in every track. Unique post-punk bands are few and far between. Get to know Carson Wells, you'll be happy you did. Stream Wonderkid at the link below.

Religious Girls: I Want To Believe

Oakland experimental rock outfit Religious Girls have released their latest album I Want To Believe. With this album the band shows tremendous growth, fully embracing the promise of their earlier releases. The six tracks are heavy and in your face, with theatrical overtones and  a zealous feel. Blending elements from noise rock, power pop and punk, Religious Girls hit the mark with a melodic, yet no holds bared instrumental rock testement. Stream and download I Want To Believe at the link below.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nigel & The Dropout: §§

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§§ is the new EP from Detroit dance rock duo Nigel & The Dropout, aka Nigel Hemmye and Andrew Ficker (The Dropout). Catchy and quick, the five tracks have power pop at their soul. This is music that will be appreciated by diehard indie freaks, as well as having an alt rock radio vibe. §§ is polished, with sterling production, great songs and stellar arrangements. This is a duo destined for bigger audiences. Stream §§ at the link below.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Bilinda Butchers: Goodbyes

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Goodbyes is the sophomore EP from San Francisco dreampop duo The Bilinda Butchers. The five tracks blend lush synth pads with flowing guitar lines to frame reverb laden vocals into a dreamy mix. The production is crisp and the sound soaring. Goodbyes is an EP destined to bring wider recognition to the duo. Say hello to it today. Stream and download Goodbyes at the link below.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Electrocado: The ShepardTone

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Today marks the release of The Shepard Tone from Australian electonic duo and FZB favorite Electrocado, aka Bill Day and Ryan Whare. The six tracks on this EP were inspired by the duo's American tour and according to them  "this EP was essentially our response to and interpretation of the American glitch hop/crunk circuit." The EP retains Electrocado's distinct vibe and again showcases their mastery of House and Dubstep. This is another great electronic work from the downunder duo. Stream and download The Shepard Tone at the link below.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cassie: Sing About me

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Findland based post-rock band Cassie has been one of our favorites since we discovered their EP, Somewthing You Always Wanted To Hear. After much anticipation, today marks the release of their debut full length, Sing About Me. The five tracks are a journey into epic song stylings. Lush vocals, wrapped in gossamer harmonies are framed with layers of guitars that move from clean to heavy effortlessly. Sing About Me is one of the great albums of 2012 and Cassie is one of the best bands in the world right now. Discover them for yourself. Stream and download Sing About Me at the link below.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Shocking and Stunning: 17th Century Disco Horse

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Wellington, New Zealand electronic outfit, The Shocking and Stunning, release their new EP, 17th Century Disco Horse,  today. Besides an imaginative title, the 4 tracks romp through noise influences, an ambient vibe and heavy overtones to produce an EP of dense atmospheric music. Trippy and otherworldly, the EP is also melodic and accessable. This is a great addition to anyone's electronic music library. Stream and download 17th Century Disco Horse at the link below.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Betrayal At Bespin: Rains

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Finnish post-rock ensemble Betrayal At Bespin have released their sophomore album Rains. The ten tracks blend elements of amient, post-metal, classical and progressive music into an expansive work. Varied and melodic, Rains is the rock equivalent of listening to the sympohony. Betrayal At Bespin challenge the norm of popular instrumental music to deliver what could be, instead of what is. This is a must have for any serious music enthusiasts collection. Stream Rains at the link below.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Hanetration:Torn Heat EP

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UK electronic artist and FZB favorite Hanetration is back with his sophomore EP Torn Heat. Dominated by ambient drones, the four tracks use a glitchy industrial sound to develop a darkish sonic landscape.Well placed samples add to the vibe and lend an additional dissonant texture. The overall effect is that of a tonal poem that will bring unique imagery to each listener. Stream and download the Torn Heat EP for free ast the link below.