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Friday, October 20, 2017

Andy K. Leland: Happy Daze

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

Nick Ferrio: Soothsayer

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

Digster Wednesday Playlists

The Wednesday Digster Playlists serve up the Rock/Metal playlist category in this week's installment. Featuring playlists such as their Rock Icons, Pop Punk, Alternative Buzz, Guitar Legends and 2017 Songpick Best Songs, get all of Digster's Rock/Metal playlists at the link below.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Existente: Theta Series - EPv1

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

Minor Birds: The Alchemist

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

Escobar: The Biggest Sound

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

The Fisherman & The Sea: Beggar Princess EP

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

Digster Wednesday Playlists

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

Bonnie Doon: Dooner Nooner

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: Nothing Like It

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

The Lymbs: Neon

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 Whiskey Charmers: The Valley

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

Digster Wednesday Playlists

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!

This week's inaugural Digster playlists are everything indie. What you'll find are great playlists that include: Toe Tappin' Indie, Ultimate 2017 Festival Guide, Music You Should Know, Indie Covers, The In Sound and many more great indie playlists.  Get them all at the link below.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Jamie 4 President: The Heartbreak Campaign

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

Ummagma: LCD

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.