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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.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Drive The Ghost: Mystique

Mystique is the debut album from Atlanta based artist Drive The Ghost. The six tracks are based mostly on formulaic metal that is too derivative, as is the case with most metal records nowadays. Where this album finds some legs is in the imaginative, if under performed, vocals, and unique melodic structure, both vocal and instrumental. The songs are the most original part of the record and deliver interesting arrangements and textures. Overall this is an uneven album, with good points and bad points pretty much balancing out. Give it a try and see what you think. Stream and download Mystique for free at the link below.