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Monday, March 27, 2017

Electric Floor: Fader


Fader is the debut EP from Italian band Electric Floor, on Naples based label Vipchoyo Sound Factory. The five tracks are firmly rooted in 80's new wave, channeling influences from Psychedelic Furs and Echo & The Bunnymen. The EP is dark and atmospheric, with a  pureness of authenticity to the retro vibe. Watch the video for EP track Bluedive and then stream and buy Fader at the link below.



Friday, March 24, 2017

Human Colonies: Big Domino Vortex


Big Domino Vortex is the debut EP from Human Colonies on Italian label MiaCameretta Records. The six tracks are dense, heavy affairs, with an intense post-punk vibe and ample noise. A dark vibe pervades and descends on the listener making for a listening experience that matches the intensity of the music. Watch the video for EP track Sirio, then stream and buy Big Domino Vortex at the link below.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Divisionists: Daybreak


Daybreak is the debut full length from London based Divisionists. The 12 tracks are a blend of psychedelia, with a post-punk sheen. Twangy, melodic and interesting, the band manages to simultaneously sound retro and completely modern. The album has a nice slightly lo-fi vibe and will appeal to a wide variety of listening preferences from Big Star, to Teenage Fanclub, to Bob Mould. Watch an imaginative animated video for album track Say Can You and then stream and buy Daybreak at the link below.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kristina Cottone: Bow

Bow is the debut solo EP from Honey & the 45's frontwoman Kristina Cottone. The five tracks are a lustrous blend of soulful, bluesy vocals, varied instrumental vibes, stunning songs and crisp production. Cottone has a voice that is compelling on every level. As debuts go, this one is as perfect as they get. This is an artist everyone needs to know and the EP is a must have. Stream and buy Bow at the link below.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Anda Volley: Trickling Light


We are very excited to have Trickling Light, the new album from FZB favorite Anda Volley on the blog today. Volley is no stranger to regulars readers here and her new album continues to show her growth and evolution as an artist. The two tracks have her branching out into more defined ambient, new age terrain. Devoid of her usual vocal and guitar driven experimental indie, these tracks showcase Volley as the accomplished producer that she has developed into through her myriad of works. This album is a must have. Stream and download Trickling Light at the link below.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Variety Hour: Motivacancy


Motivacancy is the fourth EP from Tacoma indie band The Variety Hour. Released on Swoon Records, the six tracks are firmly in the alt rock vein, but yet are not mere formula music. The EP showcases a band that has done the impossible, and found a unique and original sound in that otherwise worn genre. Fresh, dynamic and heavy, this EP has everything one could ever want, including an imaginative title. Stream and buy Motivacancy at the link below.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Various Artists: One String Inspiration


One String Inspiration is the new benefit compilation album dedicated to Syrian Relief. featuring 28 artists, spanning different genres, the album delivers two hours of sublime goodness. As a driving feature on the album, each artist was challenged to incorporate a homemade instrument or found object, that could be processed in any way, but had to be prominently featured in the mix. What results is an album that is compelling musically, crafted for an equally compelling cause. This is a must have. Stream and buy One String Inspiration at the link below.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Giganto: Latigo Canta


Latigo Canta is the new album from Madrid based instrumental group Giganto, on indie label BCore Disc. Whenever we review an instrumental rock record, it's relevant to discuss the obscurity that such releases are consigned to. While instrumental releases flourish in electronic music, rock releases suffer in anonymity. There is a reason for this. Rock, as a purely instrumental exercise, comes off sounding unfinished and this album shares that fate. While heavy and driving, it lacks any compelling melodic features to hold on to and tie it together as a cohesive work. Give it a listen and see how you feel about it. Stream and buy Latigo Canta at the link below.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sinners & Saints: On The Other Side



On The Other Side is the latest album from North Carolina based Sinners & Saints, the duo of Perry Fowler and Mark Baran. Cheesy band name aside, the ten tracks are roots based Americana with one foot in Appalachian style folk and the other in traditional country. Simple and inspired, the harmonies recall best of traditional music from the Folkways days, with some lush acoustic guitar parts thrown in for depth. A fine album that will appeal to any traditional folk music fan. Stream and buy On The Other Side at the link below.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Phil Reynolds and the Uncertain Futures: White Claw

The White Claw EP is the third release from Phil Reynolds and the Uncertain Futures. The EP is the solo project of indie label Small Bear Records' head honcho, Phil Reynolds. The tracks use ancient Casio keyboards and drum machines found in junk shops, to create an imaginative four part concept about a lonely crayfish searching for love. This EP is stunning musically and vocally, weaving melodic passages together into a beautiful sonic tapestry. This is one of our favorite releases of the year and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy White Claw, with all proceeds going to Refugee Action, at the link below.