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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Partner: In Search Of Lost Time

In Search Of Lost Time is the debut album from Ontario duo Partner, aka Josee Caron and Lucy Niles. Rarely does a debut album herald the coming of a major talent, but that is exactly the case for Partner. The twelve tracks are radio ready indie/alt rock in the vein of Weezer, with heavy, catchy pop songs that rock your arses off. Every aspect of this album is perfect, vocals, performance and the unpretentious songs. This maybe the most important unknown band's album you'll have the chance to get before they become huge. Do it. Stream and buy In Search Of Lost Time at the link below.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Digster Wednesday Playlists

This week's edition of the Digster Wednesday Playlists feature all the best from the worl of rap, with the Digster Hip Hop Playlists. Choose Rap Royalty for 94 tracks that will make the ultimate mix tape from the greatest names in rhyme. There's Hip Hop Classics, with eight hours of classic urban rap and hip hop from the east and west coasts. Tune in Artists To Watch to get yourself onto the pulse of new artists, or listen to Def Jam Classics to get retro with swagger. Find all of the Digster Hip Hop Playlists at the link below.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Llarks: Reflections

Reflections is the third album from Llarks, the ambient/noise project of artist/producer Christopher Llarks. The eight tracks see guitar, loops, noise, piano and trumpet, all of which is subtly changed to take on an orchestral persona and an atmospheric presence. Sparse, deep and ethereal, the music is experienced in a visceral way, engulfing rather than consciously engaging. Shades vary from bright to dark, transporting mood and musical demeanor through s sensual glade of sonic grass. A definite must have. Stream and buy Reflections at the link below.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Bearsuit Records: The Invisible & Divided Sea

Scottish indie label, Bearsuit Records, delivers a fabulous new compilation album, The Invisible & Divided Sea. The seventeen tracks (plus an additional 3 bonus tracks exclusive to the Bandcamp download) are a stunning look into the wealth of talent to be found on this label. Ranging from deep ethereal moods to glitchy electronica, to guitar driven psychedelia and wistful synthpop, this is an album that will appeal to everyone. It is also a great way to get your hands on a lot of music from the label. This album is an absolute must have. Stream and buy The Invisible & Divided Sea at the link below.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Veldt: Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose

Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose is the new EP from shoegaze pioneers, The Veldt. Over a quarter of a century career, the Veldt have paved the highway  of shoegaze, creating a legacy that has stood the test of time. Pitchfork named their 1994 album, Afrodisiac, the 43rd best shoegaze album of all time. On their latest EP, which see's five new tracks and two remixes, the band continue to innovate and to explore the boundaries of the genre they helped to create. The EP would be compelling from a new group, but coming two decades into the band's life, it shows that the edge is still sharp and the talent still focused. This is a definite must have. Stream and buy Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose at the link below.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ric Gordon: To Hear You Say Video

We're off today for Thanksgiving in the U.S., but will be back with reviews tomorrow. To hold you over, here's a new video for the track, To Hear You Say, from Ric Gordon's recent Standing Here EP, and a video for the track When I Learned To Crawl, from the album Oceans, the latest from FZB favorites Principe Valiente.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Digster Wednesday Playlists

Kon'nichiwa irasshai to this week's Digster Wednesday Playlists. Today we present playlists from where the music is always weird and unique, Japan. You can choose from Karaoke Hits, almost four hours of music from the land where Karaoke is an art form, or Today's Hottest Tracks, featuring 102 songs tearing up the Japanese charts. Explore Naturarhythm, 55 tracks to get your Zen on, or try 80's Rock to hear what retro is like in the land of the rising sun. Check out all of the Digster Japan Playlists at the link below.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bee Bee Sea: Sonic Boomerang

Sonic Boomerang is the new album from Italian psych punks Bee Bee Sea, on Dirty Water Records. The eight tracks have heavy twang, a lofi sheen and an edgy panache. The album is chock full of great guitar riffs, showcasing musicianship beyond the norm for the genre, with tight in the pocket drums and solid bass. The trio has a sound reminiscent of Thee Oh Sees and similar bands, but have their own take on the music and shun any derivatives. This is a hot release that will steam up the windows and singe the hair. A definite must have. Stream and buy Sonic Boomerang at the link below.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ric Gordon: When We Kiss Video

Artist/producer Ric Gordon has released a new video for the track When We Kiss, from his latest EP Standing Here. Use the blog search bar for the review from September and link for the EP and watch the new video below.

Taylor Mac: Never Wanted You

Never Wanted You is the debut single from Kansas City based singer, Taylor Mac. The 23 year old vocalist delivers a stunning track featuring a voice that is totally compelling, with its smooth texture, strong dynamic range and silky vibrato. The sparse track of mainly acoustic guitar and vocals, with a tight rhythm section and some electric guitar flourishes, is the perfect vehicle for showing off this immensely talented vocalist. We can't wait to here more. Stream and buy Never Wanted You at the link below.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Slow Decay: Ghosts EP

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

Tunnelvisions: Midnight Voyage

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

Digster Wednesday Playlists

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

Phantom Phunk: Turtle Stand

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

Lone Kodiak: Feet In The Water

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

Kurt von Stetten: Cycle

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

Murder Murder: Wicked Lines & Veins

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

Digster Wednesday Playlists

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

Safe Hex: Sidereal Time

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

Vukovar: Puritan

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

Xavier Calvet: Firebird

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

Postman: Home

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

Digster Wednesday Playlists

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.