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Friday, December 15, 2017

Pia Fraus: Field Ceremony

Estonian dreampop masters Pia Fraus are back with Field Ceremony, their first new album in over a decade. The ten tracks are engaging and intimate, with atmospheric vocals, ample helpings of noise, swirling instruments and enough reverb to drown a cave. With a dark patina, the album draws the listener into a world of deep sonic lushness, with a nice shoegaze aesthetic. A strong album that will keep one returning for more. Stream and buy Field Ceremony at the link below.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Opollo: The Solarnaut

The Solarnaut is a live performance piece from Polish experimental band Opollo. The track, running over 16 minutes in length, is a  long form ambient excursion into a noise laden soundscape of implied melodic structure. In this piece, texture replaces phrasing, indeterminacy replaces melody and recognizable tones become a pastiche for orchestration. Dense, complex and dark, the work comes alive in headphones, where the sonic experience is immersive and draws a detached mindfulness out of the listener. Stream and buy The Solarnaut at the link below.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Digster Wednesday Playlists

Today on the Digster Wednesday Playlists, we feature their uDiscover selections. Here you will find fantastic playlists where you can explore a wealth of styles and themes. There's the Guitar Legends playlist, over four hours of music from all the greatest players across genres. Or give Blues Gold a listen for everything blues from the bayou to Chicago. The Greatest Jazz Pianists or Greatest Sax Tracks showcase the best players these instruments have know. Check out these and the many more uDiscover Playlists at the link below.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Small Life Form: First Recordings

Our friends at North Carolina's Silber Records bring us First Recordings, the debut album from Small Life Forms. The eighteen tracks, ranging in length from 15 seconds to 3.5 minutes, are explorations in minimalist sound experiments. Inhabiting the space between ambient drones and progressive electronica, the album delivers a diverse palette of sounds, melodies and noise. The album is adventurous and complex, while retaining essential simplicity in each individual piece. Stream and buy First Recordings at the link below.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Vast Asteroid: Vast Asteroid

Los Angeles based indie rock band Vast Asteroid have released their S/T debut album. The band is somewhat of a supergroup, comprised of  former Warlocks bassist Mimi Star, Slaughter And The Dogs drummer Mark Reback, along with singer/guitarist James Poulos and a guest appearance by Dave Catching from Eagles of Death Metal. The eight tracks are compelling rock anthems, with superlative musicianship, loads of reverb, towering vocals and at times a Beatlesque vibe. This is a masterful record and an absolute must have. Stream and buy Vast Asteroid at the link below.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Lapis Exilis: Hexagram

Hexagram is the debut album from occult inspired band Lapis Exilis. Musically, the seven tracks are more in the vein of King Crimson than holding any affinity to modern darkwave. Driving bass lines, hard drums and  heavy guitars blend with towering melodic vocals to give the album a bit of a metal feel, but this seems more anachronism than intent. The album as a whole is enjoyable, but lacks any commercial center to hold on to. This will see it appealing to a more metal audience and probably not resonating with indie or alt rock communities. Give it a listen at the link below.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Floorshime Zipper Boots Best of Lists 2017

Top 10 Videos of 2017: December 27, 2017

Top 20 Artists of 2017 #20 - #11: December 28, 2017

Top 20 Artists of 2017 #10 - #1: December 29, 2017

Equinox: It's Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full Of Sin

It's Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full Of Sin is the imaginatively titled debut album from UK experimental auteur Equinox. The fourteen tracks present a literary take on avant-garde pop.  Just the term avant-garde pop is an enigma that foreshadows the album as it unfolds. With poetic muse, the tracks play out as a series of cerebral experiences, longing for resolution, yet yearning for the next stanzas. An album that defies expectation and eschews conventionality, Equinox leads where few have tread, into the defining of a totally original art form. Watch the video for album track Kiss, then stream and buy It's Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full Of Sin at the link below.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I Will Always Be Here & Never Wanted You on NBTMusicRadio Top 300 Singles of 2017

Russian Winter Records is extremely happy to announce that "I Will Always Be Here" from the Standing Here EP by Ric Gordon has been named #30, and "Never Wanted You" the debut single from Taylor Mac has been named #157 on the NBTMusicRadio Top 300 Singles of 2017!

Digster Wednesday Playlists

Welcome to this week's Digster Wednesday Playlists feauring their Travel Playlists. Take to the asphalt with Road Trip Sing Along Songs for 3 hours of music to get the whole car hopping, or there's the Relaxed Driving, 118 songs to stay mellow with while the miles roll on. Try the Road Trip playlist, with 6 hours of the best indie traveling music, or listen to the Pokemon Master Go Team Mystic and just weird out for the whole trip. Check out all of the Digster Travel Playlists at the link below.