6 May 2021
Artists: MATT SWEENEY and BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY (Will Oldham)
Released: 30 April 2021
Order info: here
Info via Domino Records: Where once was Superwolf, now roam
Superwolves, the new album and demon spawn of Sweeney and Billy.
The twin forces united to save up from the complicity of our own
Artwork: Cover art was designed by filmaker Harmonie Korine,
also featuring a brand new portrait from world-renowned artist
Pitchfork verdict: “16 years after Oldham’s tender singing and Sweeney’s cable-knit guitars made the original an underground classic, they return with Superwolves, an album that is, just as its title suggests, both a continuation of ‘Superwolf’ and something more. On the album, the duo let us in on a decades-long conversation, their respective instruments virtually finishing one another’s thoughts. Their bond is so deep, and their knowledge of one another is so profound, it’s essentially impossible to hear the boundary between them.” Full review here. Score: 8/10.
Turn Up The Volume: These two eternal troubadours do not have the masses of fans and mainstream success as master crooner Nick Cave, but they sure are in the same league of remarkable singers/songwriters. A duo made in purgatory making heavenly music for the afterlife. This record will last for a long time, a very long time.
Highlights: Good To My Girls / Hall Of Death / There Must Be A Someone /
My Blue Suit / My Body Is My Own
– HALL OF DEATH –
– MY BLUE SUIT –
– RESIST THE URGE –
10 March 2021
Band: WARRIOR PATH
Who: Overwhelming metal 4-pîece out of Greece
Album: THE MAD KING – 2nd LP
Released: 5 March 2021 via Symmetric Records
Info: ‘The Mad King’ marks the return of the Heavy Metal warriors from Greece, joined by the legendary voice of Daniel Heiman, with a heavier, more epic and larger-than-life sound continuing their journey through the Path of the Warrior.
Turn Up The Volume: All you metal junks out there, in this mad-as-fuck lockdown world, get up and stand up for your right to headbang to the mean powerhouse machine album of these Greek cast-iron rockers. Their new anthemic, sky-scraping, and monumental arias stupefy your dark-colored mind and all of your senses. Warrior Path is a draconian doom and gloom orchestra featuring the Pavarotti voice of metal in the middle howling his superhuman lungs out without breathing! This titanic record smells of black burning leather! Hell yeah! Don’t miss the party.
Singles: Beast Of Hate / His Wrath Will Fall
– HIS WRATH WITH FALL –
– BEAST OF HATE –
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WARRIOR PATH: Facebook
Daniel Heiman: Vocals
Andreas Sinanoglou: Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
Bob Katsionis: Lead Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Dave Rundle: Drums
6 March 2021
Album: AND IN THE END…
What: “A fundraising album for the charity Help Musicians UK with every penny
(after Bandcamp/Paypal fees) going direct to the charity. ‘Help Musicians’ is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting
out through to retirement, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial
stage, that could make or break their career.”
Who: A tremendously extended cast of indie artists. No less
than 81 acts, no less than 81 top tracks. From punchy pop to
power punk, from electro dance to ambient vibes, from gusty
garage to rambunctious rap, from gripping singer/songwriters
to razor-sharp rockers. Yes, a truly cracking compilation featuring
several acts already championed by Turn Up The Volume before.
Price: £8 / $11 / 9.5 euro (more is welcome).
An unreal, irresistible bargain for an immense
volume of splendid music. I already bought my
copy. Trust me, it’s ace stuff!
More info: here https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/
and here https://twitter.com/HelpMusiciansUK
Your purchase is a much-appreciated
and much-needed help for the survival
of many independent artists.
Get your copy
right here, right now…
I HELP MUSICIANS: Website
11 February 2021
Band: TELE NOVELLA Who: Emotive pop duo
with Natalie Ribbons and Jason Chronis
from Lockhart, Texas.
Album: MERLYNN BELLE – second LP
Released: 5th February
“A homespun, creative bricolage that pulls from influences as diverse
as cowboy troubadours and folk baroque to tell stories that are at once
cinematic and deeply personal,” says record label Kill Rock Stars.
Jason: “Working with one song at a time allowed us to view each as
its own world. The fact that these worlds all fit together is partly due
to the self-imposed constraints, which required creative resourcefulness
at every turn.”
Natalie: “We knew this was going to be very different.”
Turn Up The Volume: Several female voice legends like Nancy Sinatra,
Linda Rondstadt, Joni Mitchell and Françoise Hardy but also modern-day
vocalists like Angel Olsen, Phoebe Bridgers and Laura Marling come to mind.
Moody music for moody times like these. Romantic, impassioned and most
captivating. Dim the lights, lit a candlelight, sit down, close your eyes and
let your though s float around the room. Pop melancholia at its best
TELE NOVELLA: Facebook
(Promo photo on top by Laurel Coyle, received via Silver PR)
19 January 2021
Band: YOU ME AT SIX
Who: Brit rockers from Weybridge, Surrey, UK. Band formed in 2004.
They became mega-famous with six albums between 2008 and 2018.
Album: SUCKAPUNCH – 7th longplayer
Released: 15th January 2021
Josh Franceschi (frontman): “We have been in the pursuit of happiness for quite
some time, both collectively and individually, only to discover that happiness is more
than just a state of mind. We had to face our pain head on and carve it into something
positive. Our 7th studio album is the result of us finding peace and acceptance of what’s
been and gone.”
NME wrote: “The rock five-piece almost called it quits, suggesting that this might be
their last record. The passion and ingenuity here makes you hope that’s not the case…
It’s rare for a rock record to feel this exciting, especially coming from a band seven
albums deep and, y’know, from Surrey, but every track ‘SUCKAPUNCH’ feels inspired
in some way. Making this album made You Me At Six believe in their band again, and
you’d be hard-pressed not to keep the faith too.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Huge energy. Huge intensity. Huge passion. Huge guitars.
Huge beats. Huge uppercuts. Huge choruses. Huge vocality. Huge tunes. Huge
rock ‘n’ roar. Huge powerhouse record.
Key single: Suckapunch
All punches here…
YOU ME AT SIX: Facebook
You can order at six here.
29 September 2020
Artist: THURSTON MOORE
Album: BY THE FIRE – his 7th solo LP
Released: 25 September 2020
Info: “Thurston Moore has written nine songs of enlightenment, released to a world
on ﬁre. Taking a cue from (jazz icon) Albert Ayler‘s “music is the healing force of the universe”, this recording offers songs as ﬂames of rainbow energy, where the power
of love becomes our call.” – Daydream Library Series Label
Thurston Moore: “These are love songs in a time where creativity is our dignity, our demonstration against the forces of oppression. By ‘The Fire’ is a gathering, a party of
peace — songs in the heat of the moment.”
NME: “On his seventh solo album the alt rock mainstay offers the sound of enlightenment
to a world in turmoil with help from My Bloody Valentine’s Deb Googe and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley. Thurston Moore has always been a man firmly occupied with the present. ‘By The Fire’
is not only the latest in his catalogue of precisely sculpted rock and roll, but also some of his boldest and most invigorating work to date… Moore elegantly channels his sense of poise and calm in a word going to shit, easily proving why he remains a hero in the world of alt rock.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: “Moore’s never-ending psychedelic jams are splendid sonic
food for your hungry ears, restless mind, and your pandemic infected soul.”
Singles: Hashish / Siren / Cantaloupe
– HASHISH –
– SIREN –
– CANTALOUPE –
THURSTON MOORE: Facebook
You can buy the album here
24 Augustus 2020
Band: THE CRYSTAL FURS
Who: An queer indie pop band based in Portland, Oregon
making energetic, sonically layered indie-pop tunes with
emotionally charged lyrics.
Album: BEAUTIFUL AND TRUE – third LP
Released: 26 June
Info: “Beautiful And True” is not just our third album – it’s a new start for us. Our
first album in Portland, Oregon. Our first album out and living as our real selves.
We’ve poured a lot of ourselves into the music you’re going to hear on this album,
and we hope it brings you as much joy to listen to as it gave us to make it. It’s so
very good to be here.” says the trio about the new record.
Keyline: “And Then He Kissed Me” – The Crystals
Keywords: Modern-day Shangri-Las / Crystal(s) clear jingles / 60s sunlit pop harmonies / Tune paradise / Shake and swing extravaganza / Jangle exultation / Riot grrrl daydreams / Catchy ditties for lovers / Spicy retro organ sparks / Glam and glitter guitars / To kind to be cruel / Earworm melodiousness / Tambourine girls / Truly beautiful / Leaders of the pack
Key tracks: Comeback Girls / Burn Us Down / Hey Maxine / Like You / Second Time Around
Stream/buy full album here…
THE CRYSTAL FURS: Facebook
18 July 2020
Band: THE BLINDERS
Who: Raging post-punk misfits from Doncaster, UK
Album: FANTASIES OF A STAY AT HOME PSYCHOPATH
The trio’s second album after cutting debut Columbia
Info: “A dark blues-waltz underpinned by propulsive bass and evocatively prosaic lyricism, the track straddles the lines between ode and lament while addressing life’s confusing crossroads. The track is accompanied by an arresting video, which cuts between the band performing and wandering the atmospherically bleak landscape of the Peak District.” – Rough Trade
Louder Than War says: “The delayed second album from The Blinders, Fantasies of a Stay at Home Psychopath, finally sees the light of day as lockdown eases and the psychopaths finally come out to play again… This is a grower, and as such it surrounds and engulfs you, it has you noticing different little nuances and subtleties with each listen, you end up focussing on the lyrical couplets and analysing the messages behind the songs. It is definitely, and defiantly, a thought-provoking album… Who knows what tomorrow will bring? For now, Fantasies of a Stay at Home Psychopath is an essential document and soundtrack for these quite frankly dystopian times.”
Key influences: The Fall, Joy Division, Rimbaud, George Orwell, Ginsberg, S.Borroughs
Key phrase:“The lunatics have taken over the asylum.”
Keywords: Heeere’s Johnny! / From despair to where? / Lockdown paranoia / Norman Bates / 2020 reality madness / Blazing intensity / Red-hot-blooded frustration / One
flew over the cuckoo’s nest / Armagideon Time / David Bowie / Loaded post-punk guns electricity / Bugs Bunny / Taxi Driver / Razor blades / Hitchcock’s house movie soundtrack
Singles: Circle Song / Forty Days and Forty Nights
– CIRCLE SONG –
– FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS –
THE BLINDERS: Facebook
Photo by Sam Crowston
17 July 2020
Band: Garbage Bags (Ghent, Belgium)
Who: A garage trash band from the upper dump. With the wild mix of
garage, dirty rock ‘n’ roll and punk they bring up the filth in everyone.
Album: Hunting For The Wild
Released: 25 June 2020
Key phrase: “If you sound like garbage bags and you look like garbage bags
then you are, without a shadow of a doubt, garbage bags” (except for Anna of course)
Key references: The Cramps / Dick Dale / Bo Diddley / Black Lips / MC5 / Clouseau
Keywords: The Cramps fronted by Captain Beefheart / The Clash with Link Wray on guitar and Lux Interior on vocals / Garage havoc for lonely misfits, mental inmates, badass freaks & wackos / Urban punk rock / Sympathy for the devil / Bombshells from hell / Fucktastic
Key tracks: Get your lazy ass out of that couch and find out for yourself, punk
Key single: Little Girl…
And here the whole
GARBAGE BAGS: Facebook
16 July 2020
Who: Five good boys from Hull, UK
Released: 3 July 2020 – debut LP
Info: “Formed into the early hours of 2017, Ryan Smith took his solo project from bedroom
to stage in what feels like an instant. Under the moniker ‘bdrmm’ the Hull 5-piece cut their
teeth across Northern venues, before releasing opening two singles, the twin-paced ‘kare’
and sprawling anti-epic ‘the way i want’. A slimy cocktail of synth-soaked Beach House, jangly slackers DIIV and otherworldly shoe-gazers Slowdive, the group combine a knack for weaving dreamy sonic textures and sentimental story-telling together perfectly.”
NME said: “Four years in the making, it’s been that long since frontman Ryan Smith wrote his first demo before clocking in for a twelve-hour shift at his local pub. Quickly growing into a five-piece, it wasn’t long before bdrmm’s bright shoegaze singles and live shows led to them signing to Sonic Cathedral, a label renowned for being a paradise of noise, and releasing their debut EP ‘If Not, When?’ last October… Vulnerability seeps through ‘Bedroom’ at every turn, but it’s veiled in a relatable beauty that’s both meditative and cleansing. bdrmm have mastered that fine art of conveying emotion through their music with a deft intelligence, and their debut immerses you with each listen and says: “Hey, it’s okay to screw up now and again – but learn from it.” A glorious and human introduction, this is without doubt a modern-day shoegaze classic.” Full review here. Score: 5/5
Key phrase: “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to
use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” – Oscar Wilde,
Key references: Ride, Lush, The Horrors, The Cure, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins
Keywords: Believe the hype / Yesterday, today, tomorrow / Inventiveness and melodiousness / No fillers all killers / Double-edged emotions / Shoegaze symphonies performed in a sonic universe between heaven and hell / Guitarscapes brilliance
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(photo Sam Joyce)