FZB favorite Dominic Coppola is back with a stunning new two track album, Swoon Season. The Ann Arbor based ambient artist/producer continues to make beautiful melodic music, with lush synthpads and loops, spacious sonic landscapes and ethereal vibes. Coppola's music is always marked by simple complexity, that conveys emotion with atmospheric imagery. Always pleasant and always showing depth of musicality, Coppola's creations are treats whenever they appear. Stream and buy Swoon Season at the link below.
Friday, January 13, 2017
London based artist/producer Tsinder Ash has released his new album, The Ecstasy Of Making Things Worse. The eleven tracks are dark and foreboding, like a claustrophobic camera shot in a thriller. Highly experimental and original, the music perfectly conveys the poignant emotions hinted at in the album title. This is music that is meant to be unsettling. Music meant to challenge the listener's perceptions and tolerance of stress and edge. Stream and buy The Ecstasy Of Making Things Worse at the link below.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Lite is an experimental quartet from Japan who have been delivering music from the edge for fourteen years. On their fifth full length, Cubic, they explore varied sounds, textures and rhythms to serve up an album that takes the technical approach from jazz, the hardness from rock and the funk from R&B. Bold, innovative and just so very cool, this is an album that demands attention. Stream and buy Cubic at the link below.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Gdansk, Poland based artist collective, Nasiono Records has released their label compilation, Sampler Vol. 4. With tracks from 20 artists, the album delivers wonderful nuggets of punk, post-punk, shoegaze and psychedelic music. We love label compilations as a way to discover great emerging music from around the world, and this album is chock full of good music. Stream and buy Sampler Vol. 4 at the link below.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Canadian singer/songwriter Mimi Oz has a new band, Rooster, who have their debut EP on the way in March. In the meantime we have their debut song, Baby on the J. The track is a catchy alt-country ditty, with elements of freak folk, some rocking guitar and Oz's unique vocals, which channel elements of Maria Muldaur and Cyndi Lauper. Fresh, energetic and original, the track leaves us in anticipation for the coming EP. Watch the video for the track, then stream and buy Baby on the J at the link below.
Monday, January 9, 2017
To find a great punk rock record, one needs look no farther than Leeds, UK and the S/T debut album from The Despondents, on Dirty Water Records. The fourteen tracks are fast, raw edgy and perfect. Leeds is a working class town, with a rich musical heritage, where authenticity rules and The Despondents are as pure bred as it comes. This is punk from the guts, unabashed and unafraid. A definite must have. Stream and buy The Despondents at the link below.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
FZB favorites SheLoom (look in archive for reviews) are back with a new documentary on the making of their sophomore album The Baron of the Fjord. This international musical collaboration is interviewed by Kim Hollandaise in this 15 minute documentary. Watch it below.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Portland based indie label, Boomarm Nation have released the compilation, Family Album 2017. Featuring twenty tracks and artists, the music is a varied collection of electronica that spans genres and cultures. Compilations like this are an excellent way to experience a label's artist culture and discover new realms of emerging music. This album is excellent from start to finish. Stream and download Family Album 2017 at the link below.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Das Ram is the latest extravaganza from NYC artist Rachel Mason. The eight tracks take one of the most intriguing artists out there and has her explode with a huge sound and vision that takes pop music into a new experimental realm. Brash, powerful and totally compelling, this is a work of superlative originality, vision and quality. Just a great album in every way and a definite must have. Watch the videos for album tracks Heart Explodes and Tigers in the Dark, then stream and buy Das Ram at the link below
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
UK singer/songwriter James Kruman has released a brilliant new album, Twitch. The ten tracks take a lo-fi approach to delivering an album that is completely original and compelling. With elements of post-punk and psychedelic, Kruman masterfully crafts a sound that grabs one by the scruff of the neck and says listen to me. As well it should. This has got to be one of the standout albums of 2017. A definite must have. Watch the video for album track Country Sigh, then stream and buy Twitch at the link below.