Artists That Influenced The Sparkling Debut EP By Belgian Synth Pop Act TURQUOISE…

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18 May 2019

A couple of weeks ago Turn Up The Volume got really charmed by the tantalizing, self-titled 4-track debut EP by Brussels-based synth-pop quartet TURQUOISE, led by the sensuous vox of Sarah Boom. Their sonic influences come from several decades and several artists, but the musical excellence and strength of this foursome lays in the seemingly simple, yet extremely difficult talent and inventiveness of writing alluring and fetching songs, creating infectious tunes that make hearts and souls glow, that put a smile on people’s faces.

Last Thursday I saw the band perform live for the first time. In my hometown Ghent they showed with flair that they’re not just a studio exploring project, but an ambitious team of musicians that aims to take their electronic musings to another vivid level than on record once they step up a podium. And they succeeded tremendously well with old, present and new work.

It triggered me afterward to listen to the fresh EP and the artists that influenced
its four cuts another couple of times and share my aural impressions right here…

The flourishing opener that will make your heartbeat jump for joy has the dancey dynamics of 80s British duo Erasure, a Sisters Of Mercy drumbeat and resonates
vocally like legendary French singer/actress Jane Birkin. Beatific score.

A reflective and starry-eyed, atmospheric Cocteau Twins soundscape colored
with blissful synths and glimmering guitar touches turning this sweet little pearl
into an uplifting happening.

Sparkling, yet some darkish twilight poppiness. Like early Slowdive moodiness fused
with illuminating The Cure guitar sequences and seductive vocals bringing 60s pin-up chanteuse Françoise Hardy to mind. Magnifique!.

A ravishing combination of vocal Vive La Fête sensuality and enthralling New Order
guitar electricity turning this multi-layered humdinger into my favorite piece. Top!

Picture this
Kinky Star, Ghent, 16 May…

Electr-o-fying waves

Amplified pop dynamics

Angelic voice


TURQUOISE: Facebook – Debut EP available on Bandcamp

(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Brutal Pop Duo SUN Turns Up The Heat With Metallic Debut Smack ‘HIGHER FIRE’…

9 May 2019

Band: SUN

A band “born from the ashes of fate, when effervescent frontwoman, Karoline Rose, had a chance meeting with metronomic metal drummer, Vincent Kreyder, at a festival she was performing at. Hitting it off immediately, the pair combined their love of dark, atmospheric metal music with the bright, shimmering sensibilities of pop music.”

Track: HIGHER FIVE – debut single

Score: Scary. Hellish. Robust. And terrifyingly SCREAMY. Oh my, oh my, singer Karoline Rose‘s vox has an all-destroying range to break all windows in your neighborhood into a thousand pieces. This duo’s metallic smack is a shattering sledgehammer. One minute they sound power poppy, next they act like they wanna tear down all walls coming their way. A power eruption for trained headbangers. Here’s the fire…

SUN: Facebook

Portland’s SOUVENIR DRIVER Impresses With New Album ‘A DANGEROUS CROSSING’…

7 May 2019

Sonic daydreamers SOUVENIR DRIVER from Portland, Oregon just released their fourth
LP titled ‘A DANGEROUS CROSSING’. A deeply emotive record influenced by a Friedrich Nietzsche quote ‘Mankind is a dangerous crossing’, current events, and personal lives.

Overall it’s an intensely touching, captivating and soul-stirring piece of work. High-class songwriting from the pensive lifelike reveries ‘Glow (The Empress)’ and ‘Outer Space‘ to the spicier full-sound humdingers ‘Haze‘, ‘Spin’ and ‘Lonesome Prairie‘, the cutting guitar fueled ‘Who Are You‘ and the splendid synths and bass injected swagger of ‘Admire’.

When the more than 8-minute groovy closer Glass Slipper (The Queen) comes to an end you’ll push the repeat button without any hesitation as, just like me, you’ll be tempted to discover every layer, every twist, every hook, every lick, every moment and every line of these terrifically arranged en delightfully orchestrated songs. This band knows exactly what imposing tunes need, how to construct them and how to turn them into appealing aural pearls that impact your hungry ears. ‘A DANGEROUS CROSSING‘ is an arresting achievement! I Discover the splendor here…


Young Irish Punk Wolves FONTAINES D.C. Nailed It Big Time On American TV…

3 May 2019

(photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

Young Irish rockers FONTAINES D.C. are, without a shadow of a doubt THE band of
the moment. A couple of weeks ago they dropped their highly adrenalin filled debut LP  Dogrel. A couple of days later Turn Up The Volume! saw the swirling gang playing a hair-raising top gig in the Belgian historic city of Diksmuide (review here) and last night they made their American debut on… TV. On the popular The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the Irish wolves played two of their best jackhammers. Go berserk right here…



Debut LP DOGREL in full…

FONTAINES D.C.: Facebook –Twitter  

Space Rockers EYEBALL Love Sonic Nightmares – Here’s Their Latest One ‘CRAWLING CREATURES’…

16 April 2019

EYEBALL is a collective of beings from Raleigh, North Carolina “who combine their music with effects, noise, and feedback to venture beyond the astral realm of psychedelic neo-space rock. “ Latest single CRAWLING CREATURES will tell all you about their disturbed appetite for scary sonic nightmares.

And then the crawling creatures, paralyzed
Victims of lights illusion, from the sky
Return into the nothing, from far away
All burn in flaming madness, find demise in the light

Expect some mental weirdness balancing between eternal icons Hawkind and the early trips of eccentric sound explorers Flaming Lips. Spooky, otherworldly, enigmatic and deranged. Release the bats here…

EYEBALL: Facebook

Belgian Synth Pop Outfit TURQUOISE Spreads Sparks On Splendid Self-Titled Debut EP…

Making noise for up and coming artists

10 April 2019


Who: Synth pop quartet from Brussels, led by dreamy vox Sarah Boom, producing
music “from 70’s beaches to 80’s shores (Durutti Column, The Chameleons, Cleaners from Venus), through the sirens’ songs, with their ethereal and hazy voices, and hours of listening
to Broadcast, Cocteau Twins or Slowdive as an inspiration.”

Release: self-titled 4-track debut EP – out now and available on Bandcamp
and streamable via Spotify

Score: Four different tracks, four different moods, four different trips. From the bouncy and flourishing opener MIRROIR that will make your heartbeat jump for joy, to the more reflective sentiment of MIRADOR, before getting to the sparkling, yet darksome twilight poppiness of CHAT NOIR and closing with my favorite track PARABOLE, an exhilarating electro pearl fueled with fabulous guitar play that causes goosebumps along its ravishing way. This 4-stage journey is a splendid cocktail of dreamy ingredients, from New Order‘s blue dynamics to Cocteau Twins‘ transcendent melodiousness. And as we all know that French is probably the sexiest language in the world you will be thrilled to start your electronic odyssey right now, right here…


London’s 4-Piece BLACK MIDI First Real Sensation Of 2019…

Up and coming…

21 March 2019

BLACK MIDI are four youngsters, not even 21 yet, from London causing sensational waves with their frantic live performances since they hit the live scene of England’s capital only one year ago. They soon became the talk of the town wherever they landed, in and out of the UK. So far they have only recorded two rip-roaring tracks – ‘bmbmbm‘ (pronounced by the band as ‘Boom Boom Boom‘) and ‘Speedway‘ and signed to Rough Trade two months ago. Hype or not? Definitely not. After watching their 5-track – with 4 of them marked as ‘untitled’ – live set (below) played in Iceland last November (recorded for Seattle’s famous KEXP Radio) you’ll understand all the buzz these remarkable, adventurous noisemakers generated so far. Turn it up, folks! Here’s the first real sensation of 2019…

Black Midi played the by now famous alt festival SXSW in Austin, Texas
last week. Music website Stereogum interviewed the band. Read it here.

Here are the two mind-boggling tracks this foursome put online so far…

– bmbmbm –


BLACK MIDI: Facebook

(credit photo on top: Iceland Airwaves / KEXP Seattle)

Las Vegas Multi-Instrumentalist AARON ARCHER Wants To Prove Rock Is Not Dead With Debut Album ‘SOLIPSISM’…

2 February 2019

“Rock isn’t dead, good songwriting beats all, and raw emotion in a recording is more important than “perfection says Aaron Archer, a one-man-band and Las Vegas based multi-instrumentalist. I unconditionally endorse that statement. He not only talks the talk but also walks the walk. Proof? His solo debut album SOLIPSISM, released last November.
It was produced on a Fostex 8-track with Archer handling vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keys, and percussion. A collection of heartfelt singer/songwriter’s rock and roll, from post-punk inspired guitar-charged cuts to garage fueled strokes, from crackling Americana to The Strokes electrical approach. No special effects. No arty farty production. Just genuine passion and authentic intensity. Raw and honest. Check it all out this way…


Goodbye 2018! Hello 2019…

With almost 52.000 views from 154 countries around the globe Turn Up The Volume! had a record-breaking 2018. Thanks to all you out there, you wonderful music junkies! I’m totally ready to shake things up even more in 2019 and let’s hope this new year will finally be a good one without any fear and tons of razzle-dazzle musicality…