Hamilton, Ontario band, The Crowleys, have released their new album Colours Change Their Tone. The six tracks are imaginative indie rock, that move effortlessly through a genre defying bag of tricks, bringing the listener an unexpectedly rich experience. Imagine the artistry of a band like Yes, coupled with the song stylings of Jimmy Eats World, all produced by Daft Punk and you start to get a feel for the uniqueness of this record. This is an album that will keep your ears in the game and is a definite must have. Stream and buy Colours Change Their Tone at the link below.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Shameless Promotion PR bring us Field Theory, the new album from UK based Broads. The eleven tracks are wonderfully varied carrying the listener from atmospheric dream pop to synthy freak folk, to full on ambient soundscapes, all the while showing a depth of originality missing in much of indie music. The music delights with such a varied textural palette that one becomes engrossed in the aural experience, shutting out lesser cries for attention. This is a definite must have. Stream and buy Field Theory at the link below.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Our Time Is Now is the third album from Ontario based Twilight Fields. The eleven tracks harken back to the days of bands like Big Country, The Waterboys and The Church, where the music was a medium for grand philosophical statements. On Our Time Is Now, the band uses the lyrics as a testament to the need for unconditional love in an ever darkening world of loss, sorrow and chaos. With a dreampop feel, some noise accents, crisp production and lush arrangements, the album delivers intimate pleadings of need, in a beautiful sonic context. Stream and buy Twilight Fields at the link below.
Boston based duo FBGM have come with their sophomore release, the single and short film Lullaby. The song is a dreampop influenced ballad with catchy lyrics, sophisticated vocals and fluid reverby guitar lines, with some nice industrial sonic coloring. The tracks is so completely engaging it feels over before one is ready and leaves an immediate sense of no, there must be more. Your being longs for more, so you play it again and again, the same feelings pervade, so one's only hope is to be lost in a world where this track plays over and over, unrelenting, until there finally comes a times, as yet not reached, where one might be sated. Watch the video for Lullaby, then buy the track at the link below.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Welcome to another edition of the Digster Wednesday Playlists. Today we take you to the land of Gypsies and Vampires with the Digster Romania Playlists. Step outside the box with Okapi Tati, 20 songs to let you discover the best of Romanian Rap and Hip-Hop. Then there's Get Urock Music, seven hours of what's loud an heavy in the dives of Bucharest. You can get down with Top Romanian Music, 54 of the biggest hits by Romanian artists. Lock up your wallet and put on your best garlic necklace to discover these and all the Romanian playlists at the link below.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Italian post-punk band Japan Suicide have released Santa Sange, their new album on Spanish indie Unknown Pleasures Records. The eleven tracks will recall a number of post-punk bands, but comparisons are unfair, as this is a band that inhabits the very rocky edge unencumbered by homage to anyone. This album is dark, tense and perfect. The guitars cut like a depressive razor, enticing pleasure from the noise and flaying at any false pretense of happiness. This album glorifies a rawness that permeates its sublime beauty, delivering a post-punk portrait as authentic as a late night Soho walk. This is a definite must have. Watch the video for album track Circle, then stream and buy Santa Sangre at the link below.
FZB favorite Llarks is back with his 9th release, Metallic Summer. The five track EP gives us more of Llarks signature ambient soundscapes of melodic textures, imaginative guitar drones and artistic noise. Llarks employs what can only be described as complex minimalism. While one is never inundated by a cacophony of parts, the depth of sound and interplay between components is totally immersive. Llarks continues to be one of our favorite ambient artists. Stream and buy Metallic Summer at the link below.
Monday, March 12, 2018
ISS is the band's S/T debut EP on North Carolina indie label Sorry State Records. The four tracks are an ingenious cross between the Beastie Boys, Ramones and Circle Jerks. With mainly sampled music and tongue in cheek lyrics, the band balances on an edge so razor thin it would slice through an atom. This is music that goes to the very heart of the punk ethos...loud, fast and snotty. This is punk at it's most authentic, guaranteed to upset the neighbors, your teachers and your parents. Get thrown out of the house, turn this up to liquefy and enjoy. Stream and buy ISS at the link below.
North Carolina singer/songwriter Jon Lindsay is back with a new single, Zebulon. The track is crisp, clean indie rock, with a nod to more traditional song styles. The song has some very nice changes, with an unexpected and stylish sax interlude. Flawless production, a nice lyrical story and inspired musical performances are the highlights of this single. It's been a couple years since Lindsay has had a full album release and we hope this track is a foreshadowing of a longer format work to come. Stream and buy Zebulon at the link below.
Friday, March 9, 2018
FZB favorite Dominic Coppola is back with a new album, Honeymoon Phase. The six tracks continue his guitar driven ambient excursions, with ample demonstration of his mastery of the medium. Coppola deliver rich textured phrasing, that swirls and cascades across the sonic spectrum, creating sound fields of spatial beauty. The deceptive complexity of the aural components, gives way to a unified simplicity of the final musical pieces that unfold in harmonious waves of sound. Stream and buy Honeymoon Phase at the link below.
New Porto, Portugal based label Nervu, bring us their first release, Atonia, a split album from Portugese duo Sturqen and Finnish artists vAaristyma. The two track from the former and five from the latter are quite different. Sturqen brings us a half hour of dark looming electronica, encompassing sinister overtones and lighter melodic lines, whereas vAaristyma opts for shorter glicthy pieces with a more ambient and done feel, Both sets are highly textured and sonicaly diverse and this is a good interesting first release for the label. Stream and buy Atonia at the link below.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
North Carolina indie label Sorry State Records always delivers great music and they've brought us another winner. Dublin band The Number Ones' sophomore EP, Another Side of The Number Ones is packed with energy from start to finish. With one foot in indie rock and the other in punk, they gift us with four tracks of twangy, driving rock that is completely compelling. This is a record that manages to get a Beatles type of commercialism without sacrificing any edge. Destined to be one of the best records of the year, this is a band you need to know and have in your collection. This is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Another Side of The Number Ones at the link below.
Brooklyn duo Lusterlit, aka Susan Hwang and Charlie Nieland have released their imaginatively titled new EP List of Equipment. The six tracks were all written for Bushwick Book Club events in New York and Seattle. The songs have literary themes and a sound reminiscent of The Kills, embracing post-punk and indie rock stlyings, with a touch of Bohemian flare. This is a record that has a compelling sonic vibe and enough interesting changes to keep it on repeat for a long time, and is a must have. Watch the video for EP track Flight, then stream and buy List of Equipment at the link below.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Your invited to a journey of discovery with this week's Digster Peru Playlists. Start with the Exitos Peru playlists, 62 songs from the artists that are shaping the music scene in this part of South America. Then there's Acustico, eight hours of the best acoustic music for romantic Latin nights or relaxing on a Pacific beach. You can try Se Habla En Espanol, 61 of the best Spanish language songs. Try these and the other Peru Playlists at the link below.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Gut Splinter is the debut single from Kentucky artist Nova Flares, aka Jason Wagers. The track, from a soon to be released EP, is twangy, shoegazy, rock, with a touch of psychedelia. Unfortunately the track is instrumental, as we assume the EP will be. Instrumental releases work well in the expansive mediums of electronic music, however in the confines of guitar driven rock, they have failed to flourish. For us there is always a simple reason, the recordings sound unfinished. We listen, waiting for the vocals to come in, only to get more jangle or roar. This recording shares the same fate. With a limited melodic palette and instrumental range, one wonders why the artist chose the instrumental format, rather than finding a lyricist and singer? The track is fun for a listen, but has no lasting appeal. Stream and buy Gut Splinter at the link below.
Climbs +1 is the new two track single from UK synthpop band Broads. What immediately strikes you about these two tracks is the lack of the cliched, synthpop sound so prevalent in indie today. These tracks utilize guitar, violin and cello, as well as stunning harmonies, to defy the the status quo and deliver a recording where originality is party of the DNA. Darkish and intimate, the music awakens emotions in a sonic environment that envelopes the listener both aurally and intellectually. Combine these traits with crisp production and imaginative synth pads, and you get a definite must have. The group has an album coming soon, so in the mean time, stream and buy Climbs +1 at the link below.
Monday, March 5, 2018
Victoria, BC band Croatia have released a new single Make Circles. With a shimmering synthpop music bed, a nice slight R&B feel and a bit of disco swagger, the single makes for a fine introduction to the band, who have already released an EP, debut album and couple of other singles. You'll like this if you're into The Weekend, and similar artists. This is stylish, albeit very mainstream leaning, so don't expect any edge or innovation. What you get is a good solid pop song that will keep you circling back. Stream and buy Make Circles at the link below.
UK label Dirty Water Records has always been the purveyor of all things good in punk, so there was bound to be one misstep and this record is it. Hell Is Real, by Ricky Hamilton and the Void Boys, is the worst kind of quasi-punk out there; a complete rip off of the genre. The album is derivative to the point caricature. The phony guitar feedback at the start of every track, fuels the lack of authenticity, as does the poor production, which feels manufactured rather than a real part of the recording. This band's final insult was, until this album, to have the name Ricky Hell and The Void Boys, thus shamelessly appropriating a name and a legacy of which they are not deserving. There is tons of great punk music being made around the world right now, skip this junk band and go find some legitimate punk. Stream Hell is Real at the link below.
Friday, March 2, 2018
Berlin based Leoprrrds have released their new EP Hot Like Lava on indie label Spati Plalace. The four tracks have a nice original sound and unique feel, which is best described as post-punk Bohemian folk, and is a simply stunning work. The songs are completely compelling, as are the vocals. The simple beauty of this record will draw the listener deep into the tracks, where the punk aesthetic coupled with the other influences becomes a transcendent musical experience. This EP is an absolute must have. Watch the video for EP track Out Of Practice, then stream and buy Hot Like Lava at the link below.
Israeli label Schwarz Neon Licht Records, bring us Silver Soul, the tenth album from artist/producer Saccadic Eye Motion. The sprawling 21 track album of instrumental pop, blends guitar based shoegaze soundscapes, with dreamy electronic ambiance. The album is melodically and emotionally diverse, but not really innovative or original. It has nice patches, while at the same time never managing to find an engaging groove. While an ambitious work, it comes off as guitar pop elevator music. Good for background to another activity, but not something to sit and listen to as a whole or for a party or club. Stream and buy Silver Soul at the link below.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Greek duo Marva Von Theo, aka Marva Voulgari and Theo Foinidis, have released their debut album, Dream Within A Dream. The twelve tracks are glistening dream pop, but make no mistake, this is an album about a great vocalist. Sure the music is good; nice beats, catchy synths, well worn cliches and plenty of atmosphere, but it is the vocals of Marva Voulgari that sets this record apart. Here clean, powerful voice is a rare phenomenon, with its soulful character, stylistic mastery and inescapable presence. Stream and buy Dream Within A Dream at ther link below.
Epilogue is the new album from FZB favorite Nanaki, on Small Bear Records. The brainchild of artist/producer Mikie Daugherty, the six tracks are post-rock guitar explorations of melodic structures superimposed on shoegaze and post-punk sonic landscapes. Edgy and a bit dark, with enticing intimacy and unbridled emotional passion. Atmospheric, haunting and enthralling, this is a definite must have. Stream and download Epilogue at the link below.