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Friday, May 31, 2013

Let's Be Loveless: Let's Be Loveless

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Let's Be Loveless is the self-titled debut EP from this Brooklyn indie pop quartet. Featuring Abby Camaya, Eric Arikian, Gary Elliot and Christopher Whalen, the four tracks on Let's be Loveless blend shoegaze, Britpop and garage influences into catching pop songs. Camaya's vocals highlight the EP creating a soft and sensual focus. There have been some great debuts in 2013 and this is another one. Stream and buy the Let's Be Loveless EP at the link below.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Amber Arcades: Amber Arcades EP

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The Amber Arcades EP is the self-titled debut from the Netherlands based dreampop band. Originally the solo moniker of front woman Annelotte de Graaf, the band now includes Marlon Penninkhof,  Michiel Bel, Otto de Jong and Thierry Castel. The four tracks on the EP are beautiful melodic tomes, that fill the listener with music raised to the level of fine art. Simply put, this is one of the best debuts we have heard. This is an absolute must have. Stream and download the Amber Arcade EP for free at the link below.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rich Engli$h: Natives

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Natives is the new EP from South Carolina musician /producer Rich Engli$h. Ambient soundscapes provide a palette from which the six tracks are built. Lush synth melodies and minimalist beats make for an atmospheric journey through the EP. Nothing overtly glitch or gimmicky here. Rich Engli$h makes music that is chill and enjoyable. Stream and download Natives at the link below.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Cell Phone: Get You Alone

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Get You Alone is the new album from Chicago post-punk band The Cell Phones. The trio of Lindsey Charles - Vocals,  Justin Purcell - Drums, and  Ryan Szeszycki - Bass, are minimal, raw and dynamic. On the band's Facebook they have been described as sounding "like Death From Above 1979 and Karen O having sex." That pretty much describes The Cell Phones music. Heavy and true to a punk aesthetic, the 13 tracks stay in your face and push you up against the wall. This is an album you must hear. Stream and buy Get You Alone at the link below.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mod Gun: No Beaches

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Boston stalwarts and FZB favorites Mod Gun are back after a two year wait with their new album No Beaches. The band comprised of Paul Peters, Jon Dyer, Kathleen Peters and Trevor Rubin, serve up nine tracks of indie rock with a punk aesthetic and psychedelic overtones. The tracks are heavy and powerful, with the songs having that at once familiar alt rock radio ready vibe. Mod Gun have delivered a winner that was worth the wait. Stream and download No Beaches at the link below, you'll be glad you did.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The All-About: Suburban heart

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Suburban Heart is the new album from New York indie pop artist and FZB favorite The All-About, aka Zac Coe. Produced by Oliver Ignatius at Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen, this album sees Coe stretching his wings and display wonderful growth as an artist. The ten tracks move effortlessly through influences ranging from Americana to power pop. Coe continues to make compelling pop music that engages listeners on a personal level. Stream and download Suburban Heart at the link below. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crystal Soda Cream: Escape From Vienna

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Escape From Vienna is the debut album from Austrian post-punk band Crystal Soda Cream. Released on Vienna based label Totally Wired Records, the trio of Theresa Adamski (Drums/Synth),  Philipp Forthuber (Guitar/Vox) and  Sebastian Ploier (Bass), deliver ten tracks of retro 80's tinged new wave anthems. The album cover is a good visual representation of the music within. The tracks are dark and brooding, with menacing guitars and compelling vocals. This is a sterling debut and a must have. Watch the video for the track Shot By Both Sides and then stream and buy Escape From Vienna at the links below.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

LoOmis: Where This Mad Must Break

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Where This Mad Must Break is the new album from FZB favorite LoOmis, aka Patrick Bailey. The eight tracks, recorded in San Francisco, offer up and abundance of hazy, experimental dreampop. Reverb laden and chill, LoOmis delivers an atmospheric summer album full of lush melodies and subtle influences. Stream and download Where This Mad Must Break at the link below.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Zeroine: Pale Clouded Yellow

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Pale Clouded Yellow is the debut EP from Denmark based duo Zeroine, aka Stine Beck Kloster and  Christian Sinding Soendergaard. The four tracks are a journey into darkish shoegaze. Intimate vocals, ambient textures and mourning guitars infuse layers of hushed melodies throughout the EP. This is one of our favorite debuts of the year so far. Stream and download Pale Clouded Yellow at the link below.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Spirits of Leo: Anastasia

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Anastasia is the new album from Northern California dreampop artist Spirits of Leo, aka Ryan Santos Phillips. Reverby and atmospheric, the ten tracks come at you like a hazy dream on a rainy night. Crisp production and melodic guitar parts sweep through laid back vocals, expanses of ambient fills and driving beats. A sensual vibe made for intimate listening. Stream and download Anastasia at the link below.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Principe Valiente: Take Me With You Video

FZB favorites Principe Valiente have released a stunning video for their track Take Me With You. Watch it below.

Stereostar Sixty Nine: A...way Video

French rockers Stereostar Sixty Nine have a cool new video for their track A..way. Check it out below.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Heartbeat: Perfect Fit EP

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Perfect Fit is the debut EP from Cologne, Germany based duo Heartbeat, aka Kati Camara and  Ray Novacane. The six tracks are intimate, dreamy pop songs with crisp production, danceable beats and chill instrumentals. The real standout here though are the soulful vocals of Camara. Her stunning voice and complete grasp of Philly soul styling makes this EP a must have. Stream and download Perfect Fit at the link below.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mrs. Magician: B-Sides

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FZB favorites Mrs. Magician are releasing an album of B-Sides and rarities on July 30, but you can hear them now on the group's Bandcamp page. The San Diego garage rockers are one of the best bands around at present, both on record and live. From raw lo-fi to melodic power pop Mrs. Magician perform at a high level. The 17 tracks on this album give a great view into the musical evolution of a band that will be a major force going forward. Stream B-Sides at the link below.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Illegal Wiretaps: Yay Commie! :D

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Yay Commie! :D is the latest album from Houston experimental duo The Illegal Wiretaps. The nine tracks are darkish affairs with lots of imaginative synth sounds and vocals that go from baritone crooning to lo-fi treatises.  This album blends elements of noise with synthpop to build a dense yet accessible sonic barrage of unique post-punk music. Stream and download Yay Commie! :D at the link below.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mirror Kisses: Heartbeats

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Synthpop maestro and FZB favorite Mirror Kisses, aka George Clanton, is back with a new album, Heartbeats. The eight tracks are the embodiment of 80's R&B infused synthpop. Intimate, with crisp retro production and chill beats, Mirror Kisses continues to release nothing but winners. Like a fine wine, Clanton's music just get better with age. Stream and buy Heartbeats at the link below.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Sorry Shop: Mnemonic Syncretism

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Mnemonic Syncretism is the sophomore album from Brazilian artists The Sorry Shop.  The 10 tracks are a journey down a lo-fi highway that goes from dense pop to heavy shoegaze. Dark and atmospheric, with pushed back vocals and a vibe that pulls the listener into the depths of the music. This is an interesting and original album, whose aesthetic is compelling. Stream Mnemonic Syncretism at the link below.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Disco Teen '66: Disco Teen '66

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Connecticut garage rockers Disco Teen '66 will release their debut album on May 25th. This is a raw, lo-fi affair with 8 tracks of pure power. A pronounced punk aesthetic, blends with some alt rock touches to make for fine debut effort. The music is fun and the production gives the whole album the feel of a live set. You can stream the album at the link below.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hey Anna: Pompette

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So here's one we have really been waiting for. NYC band Hey Anna have released their new EP Pompette. Hey Anna are big favorites at FZB and this new EP is a testament to why. The four tracks are some of the best and most engaging pop music we've heard in a long time. Beautiful vocals, with towering harmonies, all wrapped in great instrumentals. That pretty much says it all. This EP is a must have. Stream and down Pompette at the link below.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Nom Bizarre: Vertigo Cap

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Vertigo Cap is the debut album from Chicago artist Nom Bizarre, aka Darryl Pierson. The thirteen tracks are a genre bending journey through indietronic, funk, art-rock, glo-fi and about any other indie associated genre one would care to name.  The best way to describe this record is theatrical, in the sense of an early Bowie or David Byrne, but with glitchy synths and a thoroughly modern approach to musicality. Highly original and unique, Pierson delivers music that will challenge the listener, but for those up to it, the rewards will be great. Stream and buy Vertigo Cap at the link below.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Doctrines: ANX

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ANX is the new album from UK rockers and FZB favorites, Doctrines. The nine tracks are a dynamic blend of alt rock and punk. Heavy, in your face and raw, ANX will wake you up better than your morning coffee and won't stain your teeth. We love Doctrines' edgy brand of rock and think you will too. Steam and buy the digital release, or better yet, the limited edition translucent purple vinyl at the link below.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Crystal Shipsss: Crystal Shipsss

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Today marks the release of the new self-titled EP by Berlin based band Crystal Shipsss. Regular readers of this blog will recognize the band as one of our very favorite, period. Led by Jacob Faurholt, Crystal Ships deliver a stirring mix of lo-fi, post-punk and just effing wonderful music. This EP is available as a limited edition cassette from our friends at Mouca in Europe and also from Three Rings Records in the U.S. The digital version is available for streaming and to buy at the link below, on Faurholt's own Raw Onion Records. Grab this one now. You'll be glad you did.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Carroll: Needs

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Needs is the debut EP from Minneapolis psychedelic band Carroll. A soulful feeling is the first thing that grabs you about this record. The five tracks wander through melodic dreampop instrumental passages and pouty vocals. Laced with glitchy synths, the tracks are intimate musings about life. Crisp production finishes off the EP, with the whole package being pleasing from start to finish. Stream and download Needs at the link below.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ketch Harbour Wolves: Queen City Vol. 1

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Queen City Vol. 1 is the new album from Toronto indie rock band Ketch Harbour Wolves.  This is the first of an unspecified number of concept albums from the band reflecting the historic and  contemporary urban experience of Toronto. The eight tracks create a sonic map of specific sites within the city (Leslie Spit, Prince Edward Viaduct, Toronto Dominion Centre), with the lyrical content weaving together  the history, mythology, and personal reflections on the city. This is a beautiful and compelling album that should be part of everyone's collection. Stream Queen City Vol. 1 at the link below.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dead Leaf Echo: Thought & Language

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Thought & Language is the debut full length album from Brooklyn shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo. The eleven tracks are what the band calls Nouveau Wave and there is a retro new wave feel to the record. The record has a strong dreampop sensibility with melodic guitars and reverb laden vocals. A powerful rock aesthetic also shines through on the tracks. Dead Leaf Echo have a powerful unique sound. This is a must have for everyone's collection. Stream and buy Thought & Language at the link below.