Embers is the sophomore full length album from Brooklyn based FZB favorite We Are Temporary, aka artist/producer Mark V. Roberts. It seems fitting for there to be a mountain on the cover of this album, as with Embers, Roberts has reached a pinnacle of a career arc that has seen him climb his own inner mountain, from the head of former label Stars and Letters Records, to an emerging artist crafting his own sound, to now having delivered an album that is the culmination of all that has gone before. The eleven tracks are pristine works of synthpop, full of emotional depth, personal demons, virtuoso synth lines, imaginative phrasing and vocal shading, and an authentic artistic honesty rarely achieved by any artist. The album has both a dark feel and a hopeful vibe. It is work of sublime beauty, lyrical trepidation and transcendent finality. This album is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Embers at the link below.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Broken Hearts & Drunken Feet is the sophomore release and debut full length from Atlanta based husband and wife duo The Dround Hounds. The ten tracks deliver straight up, no pretense rock and roll. Think Black Keys during their early touring years or Japandroids without the over produced indie chic. This is a duo that delivers with a bit of southern charm and a lot of cajones. What you get is the rock, the whole rock and nothing but the rock, with a sound that is crisp and compelling. Stream and buy Broken Hearts & Drunken Feet at the link below.
Friday, February 16, 2018
March is the latest in a long line of singles from New Zealand band Date Month Year. The track features tight harmonies in a catchy pop assemblage of stylish indie rock. With a stunning vocals lead and strong guitar drive, this is a single that will keep your head in the game and leave you wanting a proper album release to satiate your desires. Stream and buy March at the link below.
UK duo Mary and The Ram, aka Kiran Tanna and Dom Smith, have released their debut single The Cross b/w The Dream. The two tracks are produced by the legendary John Fryer (NIN, Depeche Mode), and have a dark sinister feel, where one expects to encounter devilish images in a sex drenched haze of abandon. Having an industrial sheen and ample amounts of originality, the songs play out as theatrical poems across the cerebral senses. Heavy, commanding and intense, these tracks are a must have. Stream and buy The Cross at the link below.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Defeated is the sophomore release from Springfield, Missouri based duo Kudzu, aka Seth Goodwin and Mark Gillenwaters. The nine tracks are razor sharp post-punk hewn from the like of Gang of Four, Public Image Ltd. and FZB favorites, The KVB. Dark and noisy, with a ferocious sound that pushes one to the edge of the cliff, only to be pulled back at the last minute. This is music that compels attention, demands volume and impresses thoroughly. Just a damn fine record and a must have. Stream and buy Defeated at the link below.
Seattle indie rock masters Roaming Herds of Buffalo have released their fifth album, The Bugbears. The eight tracks are skillfully crafted post-punk gems that will satisfy the most jaded rockophile. The album is full of imaginative songs, where tasty licks propel the listener through an album that is as engaging as a stalker girlfriend, with its dark, edgy, fuzzed out goodness. Seattle continues to develop fine bands in its incubator and Roaming Herds of Buffalo continue to deliver. Stream and buy The Bugbears at the link below.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Shoegaze legends, The Telescopes have released Stoned Tape, their new concept album via underground publishing house Yard Press. The six tracks conceptualize the obscure Stone Tape Theory; where inanimate objects are believed to be able to absorb energy from living beings and then release this energy during times of emotional upheaval or traumatic events. The album is dark and hazy, with a sense of foreboding, cutting through atmospheric vocals, sinister voiced guitars and well placed noise. The album evokes a deep vibe where the listener is enveloped in a dense, immersive sonic experience. Watch the video for album track Everything Must Be, then stream and buy Stone Tape at the link below.
Back in October we reviewed Happy Daze, the debut EP from Andy K. Leland, aka ex My Cruel Goro bassist and songwriter Andrea Marcellini. Check out the review here. Now, we are pleased to share an enjoyable video for the EP track Mr. Panic. Watch it below.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Eye to Eye is the debut full length from Toronto based indie rock band Omhouse. The ten tracks are stunning examples of just how good a debut album can be. What one will find are imaginative arrangements, with nice time changes and instrumental shading. This is an album that is strong in every aspect, from start to finish. The vocals are engaging, the guitar playing is masterful, the rhythm section is tight and the production is crisp. Very rarely does a band come along that manages to put it all together so effectively. Destined to be one of our favorite albums of the year, this is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Eye to Eye at the link below.