Ghosts is the debut EP from Isle of Man band Slow Decay, on Small Bear Records. Produced by Small Bear's honcho Phil Reynolds, the three tracks are post-punk with a Gothic tinge, that drive their way straight to the heart. Propelled by the gigantic vocals of Sabina Jarzabek and a band that is tight and heavy, the EP is a captivating experience of rock anthems that serve up a totally compelling listening experience. This EP is a definite must have and we can't wait to here more. Stream and download Ghosts at the link below.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Midnight Voyage is the debut album from dance music emissaries Tunnelvisions, on Netherlands based indie label Atomnation. The duo of Raynor de Groot and Emiel van den Dungen, serve up nine tracks of superlative dance music that spans the world for thematic influences, while delivering a groove that is captivating. The music has a smooth flow that is totally engaging and speaks to the artists' core philosophy of putting fun back into dance music. What you get is our favorite dance record in a long time and an absolute must have. Stream and buy Midnight Voyage at the link below.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Happy Wednesday and welcome to this week's Digster Playlists. Today we feature Digster's Jazz Playlists. Here you can listen to playlists such as The New Groove, where you'll find the intersection between jazz, hip-hop and R&B. You can explore the Foundations of Jazz with playlists from classic labels such as Verve and Blue Note. or make your workday float by with Jazz Cafe, over seven hour of the best chill jazz tracks. Check out these and the many other Digster Jazz Playlists at the link below.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Turtle Stand is the sophomore album from Florida band Phantom Phunk. The eleven tracks are energetic indie rock; think Foxygen on steroids or the Flaming Lips when they remember they're a rock band. With a range of dynamics and feel, the album is twangy, fuzzy and a little lo-fi. As the band references above would imply, the album is a bit quirky and not formula music, but rather an interesting blend of original rock with influences from earlier eras. A strong album from start to finish and a must have. Stream and buy Turtle Stand at the link below.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Feet In The Water is the debut EP from L.A. band Lone Kodiak. The five tracks are polished, radio ready indie rock, with their own take on the genre. With songs of emotional depth, strong vocals, and arrangements that will call out to a large audience, it is only a matter of time before we hear this band on Sirius XMU and indie radio across the country, as well as crossing over to alternative radio. This is a debut EP that demands attention and is a definite must have. Stream and buy Feet In The Water at the link below.
Friday, November 10, 2017
FZB favorite Kurt von Stetten is back with the huge double album, Cycle, on Static Motor Recordings. The Boston based artist has released 12 albums in 12 years, no mean feat and to come with this collection of 23 tracks is truly impressive. What you get is delicious indie rock. Plenty of catchy tunes and hooks, engaging riffs and some 12 string twang for a little depth. This album delivers both quantity and quality, and is a definite must have. Watch the video for album track, Calculator, then stream and buy Cycle at the link below.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Riding the rails out of Sudburry, Ontario, we have, Wicked Lines & Veins, the new album from roots auteurs Murder Murder. The eleven tracks are a virtuosic take on Americana music. This is no mere rehash of traditional folk themes, rather the album is a masterwork of bluegrass, country and Appalachian musings, performed so expertly as to raise them to the level of a true classical art form. Superlative songwriting, enough musical chops to knock the Earth of its axis and such creative musical changes that others will be compelled to leave their banjo in its case. One of the best albums in this genre we have ever heard. Stream and buy Wicked Lines & Veins at the link below.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Today's edition of the Digster Wednesday Playlists brings you all that's cool in the UK. You can listen to the Acoustic Room, with 70 songs featuring the best in acoustic hits, covers, unplugged versions and live recordings, or tune into This Is House, for for over 3 hours of electronic goodness from the land where House Music was born. There is also the Pop Perfection playlist from a country where pop music is legendary and turns out more new artists per capita then anywhere else. Enjoy all the Digster UK playlists at the link below.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Sidereal Time is the debut EP from New York band Safe Hex. Rarely does a release reach out and grab you by the arse right from the first note, but that is exactly what you get with this EP. The four tracks are a stunning take on 80s style new wave, with dark guitars, atmospheric vocals, prominant base line and in the pocket drums. The whole thing is a swirling expanse of sound that transports the listener into a dark inner space of ethereal rock goodness. Stream and download Sidereal Time for free at the link below.
Monday, November 6, 2017
FZB favorites, Vukovar, are back with a new album, Puritan. The UK band serve up eleven songs of dark, edgy post-punk. With their usual lyrical depth and imaginative arrangements, the band has a sound that is reminiscent of Joy Division, bet yet totally original. Vukovar never fail to impress, with their out of the box musical concepts and a polished rawness that is at all times compelling. This album is a definite must have. Watch the video for album track, The Clockwork Dance, Then stream and buy Puritan at the link below.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Firebird is the superb new album,from Spanish singer/songwriter Xavier Calvet, who is also the leader of Spanish punk band, Bullitt. Released on indie label BCore Disc, the twelve tracks are some of the best folkrock, alt-country and Americana that we have heard. More authentic than a Nashville jam session and more satisfying than a weekend beer buzz, Calvet serves up some great songwriting, paired with an expertly executed and recorded album. This is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Firebird at the link below.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Home is the tasty new album from Postman on Vienna indie label, Cut Surface Records. The twelve tracks are stylish indie pop that will draw similarities to The Postal Service and Cut Copy, There is no imitation here though as Postman are a band with their own sound and their own take on indie pop. Twangy guitars, minimalist synth lines and just enough beat to keep things moving, yields a record that is compelling and enjoyable. Stream and buy Home at the link below.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Welcome to this week's installment of the Digster Wednesday Playlists. This week we feature the latest Digster Indie Playlist. With new tracks from Lana Del Ray, Chvrches, Florence & The Machine, The Struts and Years and Years, this is the music you need to stay up on all that's new and cool in indie. Listen to the Digster Indie Playlist at the link below.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Speak is the the new EP from FZB favorites and 2015 year end best of list topping, Honey & The 45s. The Chicago bands deliver five tracks of superlative rock and blues. This is a band that has it all together, excellent songwriting, abundant instrumental chops, engaging arrangements and one of the most stunning female vocalists around today. They move effortlessly from rock to blues to hip-hop, all the while serving up an EP that is again destined to find it's way to our year end best of list. This is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Speak at the link below.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Betters Days is the new album from Belgian hard core band Missiles Of October. The ten tracks are brutal, demolishing hard core, played the only way that matters, by old Belgian guys. This is hard core, like you got drunk, stepped in glass and punched a cop hard core. Coward! Stream and buy Better Days at the link below.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Junea is the debut album from Greek artist/producer May Roosevelt, on Inner Ear Records. The eight tracks are expansive synthesizer works, with sparse atmospheric vocals. Featuring lush melodic lines and layers of pads that create interweaving textures, the album creates a sonic palette that inhabits the space between an instrumental and a vocal album. Complex, dark, orchestral and beautiful, this is an album that should be in everyone's collection. Stream and buy Junea at the link below.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Ancients EP is the 10th release from UK artist/producer Hanetration. The five tracks build on his previous work of ambient layering, but this time minimalist beats take a more prominent role to move the tracks along in a linear flow, rather than his usual enveloping soundscapes. There is still plenty of ethereal, atmospheric up welling, but having a bit of beat to hold onto makes for a more engaging experience. Stream and download the Ancients EP for free at the link below.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Digster Playlists. Today we invite you to discover what's hot down under, with Digster's Australia Playlists. Tune into Chilled Indie, 117 songs and over 7 hours of music from the country that brought us Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala and Cut Copy. Then there's the In Sound featuring EDM, House and electronic music, or the Road Trip playlist, where you can travel like an Aussie and finally there's The Drop with over 5 hours of the best Australian dance music. Check out everything Aussie at the link below.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The Unlocked EP is the 15th release from New England based singer/songwriter Jenn Vix. The 4 tracks and one remix, bring St. Vincent to mind, but this artist's first release was 22 years ago, so safe to say any similarities are cosmetic. With heavily fuzzed guitars and 80's new wavish synths, the tracks are a nice juxtaposition of eras and styles. This is an album about an artist satisfying themselves, rather than creating a work that will resonate with very many. Unfortunately after repeated plays in the office, the consensus here is that the EP is a bit bland and could use a good helping of edge and energy. Stream and buy Unlocked at the link below.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Windowsill is the sophmore album from London based, French slacker rocker Mcbaise. The thirteen tracks are light and airy, with loads of twang and interesting melodies. The songs tread somewhere between the dead serious pop of Steely Dan and the irreverent musings of Foxygen. At times the album is indulgent and then the next instant serves up supremely enjoyable indie pop. The record is very commercials in its arrangements and has very little real energy, but if you like your pop on the milk toasty side this is the album for you. Watch the video for album track Le Jardin, then stream and buy Windowsill at the link below.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Happy Daze is the debut EP from Italy based singer/songwriter Andy K. Leland. The six tracks are acoustic based with minimal instrumentation, instead being built around Leland's unique vocal style and songwriting. The songs are short and oh so sweet sounding, though at times they seem to just stop rather than ending and sounding unfinished. The album could also benefit from a bit more instrumentation and certainly from better production. That said, this is an intensely interesting record, by an artist with his own sound and direction. Stream and buy Happy Daze at the link below.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Soothsayer is the new album from Ontario based singer/songwriter Nick Ferrio. The ten tracks are solid indie power pop, with plenty of twang, catchy hooks and energy. Some of the tracks have a decidedly radio ready vibe, while others are quirky and ethereal, showing a songwriter unafraid to venture out of the box to find artistic satisfaction. The production is a bit flat with instruments coming off somewhat muddled and a professional mastering would improve the sound, but as a whole, a good record with lots to recommend it. Steam and buy Soothsayer at the link below.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Theta Series - EPv1 is the debut album from Porto Portugal based Existente on Arctic Dub Records. The six tracks deliver 40 minutes of dark ambient drones, with melodic overtones and integral noise. Meant as music to represent a geometric mantra for meditative endeavors, the pieces envelop the senses, while not engulfing the mind. This is a solid record, but breaks no new ground and is not as adventurous as the work coming from others in the field. Stream and buy Theta Series - v1 at the link below.
Monday, October 16, 2017
The Alchemist is the new EP from Oaklasnd based Minor Birds, aka C. Wilde. The three tracks showcase an accomplished classically trained multi-instrumentalist, with a strong sense of fluidity and emotion. The vocals are reminiscent of EMA and Zola Jesus, with a dramatic flair and a dark intimacy. Instrumentally the EP glistens with strong arrangements and beautifully executed melodic lines. Discover one of the best works of the year and an absolute must have. Stream and buy The Alchemist at the link below.
Friday, October 13, 2017
UK/US label Dirty Water Records brings us The Biggest Sound, the debut album from Lomoges, France based band Escobar. This blog features a wide array of musical genres, but our roots have always been in punk and post-punk. We love hearing great punk rock from around the world and Escobar are a real treat. Raw, inventive and dynamic, with sonic influences of The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers, the twelve tracks will grab you by the arse and kick you to the curb. Go to work, turn this up loud and bang your head on the boss' door. Stream and buy The Biggest Sound at the link below.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Beggar Princess is the debut EP from Helsinki band The Fisherman & The Sea. The four tracks are tasty folkrock, that unfortunately marks another chapter in the Mumfordization of music, Like the Lumineers and a myriad of others, this work is derivative of the Mumfords and while enjoyable, does the world really need another clone grabbing at the coat tails. This is clearly a group that can write good songs and perform them with aplomb, so they should take that talent and find their own sound, rather than being another wannabe. Decide for yourself, stream and buy Beggar Princess at the link below.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
For this week's Digster Playlists we present something a little different, with Digster's Decades Playlists. Besides the expected 60's, 70's, etc., Digster gives us New Wave Hits of the 80's, Rock Icons, Def Jam Classics and many more. Listen to all the Decades playlists at the link below.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Dooner Nooner is the new album from Toronto post-punk band Bonnie Doon. While comparisons to the inimitable Sleater-Kinney are unavoidable, Bonnie Doon reside in no none's shadow. The nine tracks are as edgy as a straight razor, with a nice dissonant flair and a rawness that drives home a bit of hardcore authenticity. The album has one of my favorite lines of all time: "Take me to the fucking beach!" Turn this one up load and upset the neighbors. Stream and buy Dooner Nooner at the link below.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Courtney Farren's debut EP, Nothing Like It, is a look at an artist the defines originality. Blending a minimalist approach with a Bohemian sensibility, the six tracks are intimate, beautiful and completely compelling. The New York City based Farren, brings the lineage of Suzanne Vega and Edie Brickell into a thoroughly modern focus with songs that touch the fabric of one's life and a voice as delicate yet commanding as a fine dark chocolate. This is one of the best records this year and is an absolute must have. Watch the videos for EP tracks Nothing Like It and Hard To Tell, then stream and buy Nothing Like It at the link below.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Neon is the new EP from Oakland based band The Lymbs. The five tracks are sensual indie blues, with an atmospheric vibe and an edgy sonic signature. Alternating between intimate and heavy in a way reminiscent of NIN, but without the glitch, this EP is both engaging and compelling. Full of incredibly tasteful instrumental passages and dark vocals that are haunting and beautiful. This is just a super strong EP and leaves the listener yearning for much more. It is a definite must have. Stream and download Neon at the link below.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
The Valley is the sophomore album from Detroit band The Whisky Charmers. The eleven tracks flawlessly blend blues rock, alt-country and folk rock into a masterful album that is sultry, swinging, heavy when it should be and intimate at all times. This is a band unafraid to show their grasp of somewhat arcane styles, by dragging them into a modern interpretation that works from start to finish. Highlighted by strong vocals and musicianship, this album is a must have. Stream and buy The Valley at the link below.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Today we start a new weekly feature Digster Playlists. We have partnered with the Digster Music Blog to feature their playlists every Wednesday. Every week we will feature links to different playlists from Digster, representing a wide range of genres, as well as special playlists from major artists and playlists featuring music current in different countries. This weekly feature will give our readers access to a much wider selection of music and we think you'll be excited by the range and depth of the playlists we feature. Check out this week's inaugural playlists below. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The Heartbreak Campaign, from Barcelona based BCore Disc Records, is the thrid album from Jamie 4 President, the side project of Wild Animals guitarist/vocalist Jamie Ruiz Gren. The ten tracks are catchy indie rock reminiscent of bands like Guided By Voices, Jimmy Eat World and The Cure. Featuring strong vocals and harmonies, tight arrangements and some tasty guitar licks, this is an album that shines from start to finish and will be welcome addition to everyone's music collection.It is a must have. Stream and buy The Heartbreak Campaign at the link below.
Monday, October 2, 2017
LCD is the new EP from the great Canadian/Ukranian duo Ummagma, aka Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov. The EP is a 4 track masterwork that includes contributions from Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie and Curve's Dean Garcia. Few acts have demonstrated such a massive level of artistic growth across their releases, while continuing to innovate musically. Ummagma are a pair to follow and this EP is an absolute must have. Stream and buy the digital & CD versions of LCD at the first link or stream and buy the limited edition cassette release via Label Obscura at the second link.
Friday, September 29, 2017
A Sequence Of Waves is the new album from New York artist/producer Patrick Grant. Fusion music has always been an art form that is hard to pin down and this album is no different. Technical proficiency abounds, with tight, complex arrangements and interesting instrumental interplay. The album has flashes of King Crimsonesque rock, theatrical style passages and nods to jazz and classical forms. It is also an album that stands as an artistic endevour for its own sake, rather than one that will find any kind of wide audience. If your tastes tend to the progressive side, this is an album that will fulfill your needs. Stream and buy A Sequence Of Waves at the link below.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Echo is the new album from Swedish band The Search. Echo will appeal to those who like stylish music in the vein of Depeche Mode and New Order. The ten tracks are atmopheric and haunting, with plenty of synths and guitars, minimalist beats and nice ambient layering. Like much of Swedish music, this is an album for those that like their music to flow rather than careen. Music that is smooth, tasteful and ethereal. Stream and download Echo at the link below.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Flesh & Bone is the new EP from Chicago musician Dan Rico on France's Shit In Cans Records. The three tracks are retro pop-punk goodness with touches of rockabilly and R&B. These are the kind of tracks that never go out of fashion. What you have here is a singer/songwriter giving you no pretense, no gimmick rock as it has been done since the beginning, straight from the heart. Stream and buy Flesh & Bone at the link below.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Vancouver band Ponytails have released their S/T debut EP. The six tracks share sonic space with bands like Real Estate, Beach Fossils and Ducktails. With a smooth sheen, abundant nice guitar licks and crisp vocals. As a whole the EP is highly enjoyable and carries a bit more edge than the aforementioned bands. Not any new ground here, just good solid indie rock. Stream and download Ponytails at the link below.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Down At The Liquor Store is the new album from Mississippi artist Steve Azar & The Kings Men. The thirteen tracks are a stylish and polished take on Americana music that effortlessly blends country, blues and rock. What results is a tasty album full of radio ready tracks. Tight arrangements and crisp musicianship frame Azar's vocals that glisten with feeling and authenticity. This is a strong album throughout, with the only negative being a decidedly studio musician feel, rather than real edge or energy. Stream Down At The Liquor Store at the link below.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Lightning Like Me is the new album from London rockers Oh! Gunquit. The ten tracks have a retro rock-a-billy feel, with a nice lo-fi edge and more rawness than a piece of meat on a black eye. Energy abounds as the album unfolds into a punk dance party that will raise the roof and annoy the neighbors. This is a perfect slice of the very trendy retro pie and is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Lightning Likes Me at the link below.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Off White is the new album from former Trespassers William member and Chemical Brothers collaborator Lotte Kestner. The twelve tracks are a testament to a transcendent artist, who has created an album of sublime beauty. The songs weave an intimate simplicity into the perfect vehicle for Kestner's mesmerizing vocals and redefine the universality of indie folk as an art form. This is one of the best albums we have heard this year and it is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Off White at the link below.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Always is the new album from Seattle's The Blue Hour. The eleven tracks overflow with a delicate, yet powerful beauty that is at once compelling. The songs have an engaging complexity of textures that play out as an atmospheric excursion of the senses, creating both imagery and aural excitement. Combining the best elements of folk and dreampop, with a touch of Bohemian passion, the album transforms the sonic space it occupies into an intimate cocoon of sound. A definite must have. Stream and buy Always at the link below.