Perlite is the new EP from Minneapolis band The Miami Dolphins. The five tracks are spritely punk pieces that feature lo-fi production and a mix that make this more of a novelty record, than something recognizable as punk. While there are many good features to this EP the mix and production also make it somewhat unaccessable. While we can see the bent to craft an original sound, the result is more a cacophony of disjointed sounds that leave little to hold on to. Stream and buy Perlite at the link below.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Primitive Smile is the new album from Brooklyn indie rock band Emanuel and the Fear. The ten tracks are polished and engaging rock songs that deliver without pretense. Solid arrangements, a bit of Beatles influence and a nice hard edge about; all the while keeping in a radio ready pocket. Mood changes and varied dynamics, show depth and keep the interest throughout the album. A very strong work. Stream and buy Primitive Smile at the link below.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Canadian singer/songwriter and FZB favorite Brooklyn Doran is back with her stunning debut full length, These Paper Wings. Doran is a master of the contemporary folk scene and delivers seven intimate tracks featuring wonderfully delicate vocals, songs that touch the soul and flawless musicianship. The album, with crisp harmonies and tasteful arrangements, is the kind of record that just gets better with each play. Doran is teaming with fellow artist Rory Taillon for a month long Canadian tour starting next week, so if you're up north, watch for them to come to your area. Stream and buy These Paper Wings at the link below.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
NYC band Slothrust have released a new two track EP, Of Course You Do. The songs are vibrant garage rock, with lo-fi production and recall bands like Nirvana. Edgy, sexy and raw, the band make no holds bared rock that will appeal to a wide range of listeners. Stream Of Course You Do at the link below.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Radio Starslide Forever is the new double album from Alabama based Llarks, aka artist/producer Christopher Llarks. The sixteen tracks are explorations in texture and subtlety, weaving together ambient soundscapes, with noise shadings, with all being held together with beautifully flowing melodies.The album brings an intimate and engaging listening experience, which showcases an artist of depth and vision. Steam and buy Radio Starslide Forever at the link below.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Day Fevers is the debut album from Canadian artist Art d"Ecco. The nine tracks are a genre bending array of styles and emotions, with elements from many rock styles, R&B and electronic music. Stirring production, androgynous vocals and instrumental depth, highlight a strong album, that is one of the best debuts this year. Watch the video for album track I'll Never Give You Up, then stream and buy Day Fevers at the link below.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Tones and Shapes is the sophomore album from Barcelona based folk duo Calido Home. Released on indie label BCore Disc, the album was recorded live in the studio and expertly captures the delicate interplay between voice and guitar. With intricate melodic lines and a slight lo-fi production quality, the album spins its way through pastoral songs that are engaging on every level. This album is a must have. Stream and buy Tones and Shapes at the link below.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Trio is the new album from Boston Band Dyr Faser. The six tracks defy simple genres by taking elements from blues, synthpop, psychedelic and rock to deliver an album of surprising versatility and depth. With a bit of a Chris Isaak feel and a darkish sheen, Dyr Faser unleash a multitude of creativity in an album as compelling as they come. A definite must have. Watch the video for album track Den of Sables, then stream and buy Trio at the link below.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Breathe A Storm is the debut album from Toronto band Places Erupt. The eight tracks are an original and inspired blend of rock, folk and classical influences into an album of depth and beauty. Strong melodic counterpoint, lush instrumental lines and deep, intimate vocals abound in this thoroughly enjoyable album. One of the strongest debuts this year. Stream and buy Breathe A Storm at the link below.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Bath White is the sixth release from L.A. supergroup 50FOOTWAVE. The band, which features Kristin Hersh and Bernard Georges of Throwing Muses, with Rob Ahlers, delivers six track of tight, compelling post-punk music as edgy as a razor blade. With inspired songwriting, Hersh's haunting vocals, dense, heavy guitars and pristine production, this is one of the best EPs of the year. A definite must have for every music collection worth its weight. Stream and buy Bath White at the link below.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Manufactured Records has reissued the 1980 EP release, I Don't Wanna Be Too Cool, by Chicago cult new wave artist Kate Fagan. The four tracks are heady classic new wave, that are in the same vein as Laurie Anderson and Lydia Lunch. This EP is cool, nostalgic, but more importantly still has a contemporary feel. This is a wonderful chance to discover an artist of the past and reconnect with the future. Stream and buy I Don't Wanna Be Too Cool at the link below.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Aware With You All is the debut full length from Ann Arbor band Red Robe. The eleven tracks are varied affairs, both in dynamics and content, ranging from psychedelic and almost dreampop to heavy indie rock. This range give the band an original sound, which defies outright comparisons. Strong instrumentation and vocals drive a record that is unafraid to challenge the listener with experimental and noise floursishes. The one week spot is the production which leaves the whole album sounding flat and lacking edge. Stream and buy Aware With You All at the link below.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Seattle duo, Mississippi Jones, have released Continuum II, the second installment of there 4 track EP series. The EP blends indie rock with orchestral and synthpop flourishes. Stunning vocals and flawless production, frame four strong songs with a radio ready flair and a compelling sonic vibe. This is a duo who have a polished sound that is both original and familiar. Stream and buy Continuum II at the link below.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Psychedelic band, The Good Library, have released their new album Trails, on Austrian label Konkord. The eight tracks are trippy affairs, with a soaring sonic vibe that immediately engages ones imagination. The songs are catchy, but this belies a depth and complexity that is compelling, but yet still feels understated. The band has carefully crafted an album that takes the genre into heady territory with skillful musicianship, production and arrangements. This album is a must have. Watch the video for album track Fight 19, then stream and buy Trails at the link below.
Friday, August 19, 2016
North Carolina label Sorry State Records today releases the S/T EP from hardcore band Drugcharge. This is a band that stands out, with brutal intensity. A nonstop onslaught of fierce guitars, a drummer that takes no prisoners and vocals so raw and edgy that they drag you into an alley and pummel you. This album is hardcore at its best, no compromise, no pretense and no caring about your safety. Available from the label as a limited edition flexi, this EP is a must have. Stream and buy Drugcharge at the link below.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Vibey AF is the debut album from Nashville synthpop duo AWAS. The eight tracks are a nice original diversion from what has become a very formulaic genre. Eschewing the glitz of Grimes, the glitchiness of Neon Indian and the forced depth of Chvrches, all artists we greatly admire, AWAS take a different path, with strong pop songs, and jazz and R&B influences. The album accomplishes originality while never looses relevance to the synthpop genre. This album is catchy, simply complex, and vocally stunning. Stream and buy Vibey AF at the link below.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
New York band Heroic Enthusiasts have released their sophomore EP, The Second Three. The three tracks are huge indie rock affairs, that evoke unavoidable comparisons to The Smiths. That derivative aspect aside, the tracks stand on their own as powerful rock statements. With strong post-punk guitars and a solid rhythm section, the band blasts its way through mid-tempo rock anthems that are both compelling and enjoyable. Stream and buy The Second Three at the link below.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Live At The River Lounge is the new split album from Senji Niban and The Moth Poets, on UK label Bearsuit Records. Featuring inventive electronic music that spans the range from video game inspired to lush orchestral synth pads, the ten tracks give us a look at artists of talent and promise. Melodic, original and fun, the split serves up complimentary, but dissimilar sonic visions, yielding and album that is surprising and interesting from start to finish. This is a must have. Stream and buy Live At The River Lounge at the link below.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Homesick is the debut album from Boston indie rockers, Earth Heart.The ten tracks have enough edge to shave with and a compelling lo-fi sheen, with tons of energy and a great punk vibe. In the same vane as Beaches and The Julie Ruin, but heavier, This is a great record from start to finish. A testament to where punk should be 40 years on from its start. Everything about this record screams, hey fucker listen to me now. A definite must have. Stream and buy Homesick at the link below.