With Canada’s indie rock captains, Broken Social Scene, on hiatus, their lead guitarist Andrew Whiteman is stepping up with his other Toronto band, Apostle Of Hustle. The trio’s sophomore release, National Anthem Of Nowhere (in stores on Feb. 6), is an eclectic and original follow-up to 2004’s FolkloricFeel. Apostle is a dreamy fusion of Toronto’s Kensington Market comfort and Brazilian and Cuban folk music. The title track has the catchy pop and triumphant horns of Whiteman’s Broken Social Scene roots. But don’t worry if your iTunes library is already over-saturated with Queen Street cool. Apostle of Hustle is far more interesting when they abandon their indie rock sound. Go straight to the sultry Spanish tracks iRafaga! and Fast Pony For VictorJara—both will freshen up your playlists with their worldly influences. Jeff Harris
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