ALL STAR ALBUMS TEAM – Turn Up The Volume’s 11 KNOCKOUT LP’s of 2018…

2018 – Another dazzling year for longplayers!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume’s All Star Team
Here are the 11 chosen ones – Let’s roll…

1. ‘Laurent’ by IT IT ANITA (Luik, Belgium)
This is a spellbinding mix of vintage IIAA primal screams and new sound structures that match the band’s clamorous intensity terrifically. An ideal challenge for your speakers…

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2. ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ by IDLES
This hammering punk tour de force, dealing with the political vileness that fucks up our planet and other daily shit that causes human pain, is a massive work of turbulent joy.

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3. ‘Endless Scroll by BODEGA (New York NY, US)
Rip-roaring jingle jangle firepower with echoes of former British post-punks Au Pairs, early punky Talking Heads and their wide awake mentors Parquet Courts. A hip-shaking score!

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4. ‘Songs Of Praise’ by SHAME (South London)
These hungry South London wolves hit you straight in the face with tumultuous knockout punk anthems and wall-breaking eruptions of youthful frustrations. Concrete debut!

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5. ‘Expert By Virtue Thereof’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Like The Fall playing in tune with a singer who can actually sing which results in an electrical melting pot of rousing spit & sneer missiles and some puzzling escapades.

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6. ‘Dove’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
A comeback in grand style with fetching guitar pop splendour, captivating stories and most of all a series of supreme tunes causing a heartwarming glow you can wallow yourself in.

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7. ‘Insecure Men’ by INSECURE MEN (UK)
Fat White Family‘s Saul Adamczewski and Childhood‘s Ben Romans-Hopcraft surrounded themselves with a whole orchestra for this wondrous, sepia-colored retro pop beauty.

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8. ‘Black City’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, NY, US)
This is a comforting companion for moony moments. Once you’ve heard singer/songwriter Luisa Black‘s voice you’ll never forget her vulnerable and passionate timbre. Spine-tingling.

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9. MIEN‘ by MIEN (US/UK/Canada)
Like-minded spirits of different psych bands finding each other in a colorful adventure.
A rad record full of mind-stimulating explorations and richly orchestrated odysseys.

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10. ‘Megamix’ by RUMOURS (Belgium)
A magnificent and magnetizing longplayer of transcendent soundscapes ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones with a chilling vox in the middle.

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11. ‘Egypt Station’ by PAUL MCCARTNEY (Liverpool, UK)
And when the noise is over Macca comes in and tells you about his life on his best LP (as
if I know all of them!) in ages, full of melancholic and melodic pop humdingers. Lovely!

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BELLY – ‘Human Child’ – Rockwood Music Hall NEW YORK 2018…

Ecstatic live performances

A stirring vox and a heart-touching pop pearl. Need no more to create magic…

We hold life tight to our chests
Slip it on like a dress
We’re oh so faithfully possessed
We let ourselves be owned by things long gone
Old photographs, old songs
Wrap us in ghosts

Oh human child
Your face to the wind, your back to the sun
Oh human child
You’re digging up bones and miss all the fun

I’m not here to save you I’m just trying to get you outside
Get yourself out of your way and pull your head out of the shade

A bird takes off into above
We follow with our eyes but never grab hold, never own it
That’s as it should be, as it was and ever will be
So let’s stop moaning, stop your sobbing

Oh human child
Your face to the wind, your back to the sun
Oh human child
You’re digging up bones and miss all the fun

I’m not here to save you I’m just trying to get you outside
Get yourself out of your way and pull your head out of the shade

Nothing ever dies but we still gotta let it go
Let your beauty sing across time and stop tryin’ oh no no
Nothing ever dies but we still gotta let it go

Some trick of the light pulls me upright
Makes me laugh out loud into the emptiness
Some pull on the hair, somebody there
Makes me stare wide eyes into the emptiness

Oh human child
Your face to the wind, your back to the sun
Oh human child
You’re digging up bones and miss every point

It’s a beautiful night, I’m here to drag you outside
Pull your head out of the shade, my sun-blessed babe
It’s a beautiful night, I’m here to drag you outside
Pull your ass out of the shade, my sun-blessed baby

BELLY: Website – Facebook – Twitter


HUMAN CHILD – standout track on comeback album DOVE – stream it here

BELLY Shares Bewildering Clip For ‘MINE’ – One Of Their Grooviest Tracks On Newest Album ‘DOVE’…

Clips that will impress your eyes and your ears…

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2 August 2018

Boston‘s sparkling BELLY, led by alluring vox Tanya Donelly, returned last May with splendid comeback album DOVE. One of the best albums of the year to Turn Up The Volume‘s ears. Now, the band just shared a rather bewildering clip for the LP’s opener ‘MINE’. A groovy mid-tempo meditation fueled with glowing guitars, multi-layered vocals and a contagious. Meet the creature right here…

[Verse 1]
Creature of mine, we lie side by side again
Creature of mine, we lie in the shallow of the bad

[Pre-Chorus]
Who feels it too? Do you? Do you? Do you?
Who sees that too? Do you? Do you? Do you?

[Chorus]
All the eyes are met with miles and miles of us
All the gents who stole my breathe and not one was mine
Like you are mine

[Verse 2]
Creature of mine, you light the fire, alight all the blaze
Oh, creature of mine, you run wild while I drop the prey in to the snail

[Pre-Chorus]
Who feels it too? I love you, ooo
You see it too, I know you do, you

[Chorus]
All the eyes are met with miles and miles of us
All the gents who stole my breathe and not one was mine
Like you are mine

BELLY: Website – Facebook – Twitter


Stream new album DOVE here

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S ALL STAR TEAM – Best Albums Of 2018… So Far

The best longplayers of 2018, so far

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‘Expert By Virtue, Thereof’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Belgium‘s trash gang nails it with their 2nd LP. Imagine The Fall having a crazed session  with The Velvet Underground, while consuming speed & booze instead of fucking heroin.
Tubelight

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‘Dove’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
Comeback album by Boston‘s guitar pop legends, emotionally driven by the passionate, colorful and glamorous voice of Tanya Donelly, is an endearing and lustrous diamond!
Belly

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‘Mien’ by MIEN (UK, US, Canada)
Contrary to countless other side-projects these four compelling musicians didn’t
get together just to kill time. Their magical collaboration is nothing less than amazing.
A five-star psych pop rainbow with starry-eyed waves and moony vibrations. Stellar!
mien

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‘Call The Comet’ by JOHNNY MARR (Manchester, UK)
True to his ‘never do things the same twice‘ motto Marr went for a new, venturesome
sound. A gloomy modern-day glam rock stomp while dealing with the troubled times
we live in, yet having a hopeful vision for the near future. He’s a natural born starr!
Johnny

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‘MEGAMIX’ by RUMOURS (Belgium)
This atmospheric, soulful and dancey debut LP is a multi-colored adventure. A magnificent and magnetizing work of transcendent soundscapes, ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones with a trance-like vox in the middle. A major revelation!
Rumours

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‘Black City’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, US)
Frontwoman Luisa Black‘s voice feels genuinely real, touched by life and its up and downs. Combined with the band’s midnight hour guitar poetry you get a magic pop noir triumph!
richgirls

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‘Terra Pines’ by TERRA PINES (Brisbane, Australia)
Dreamy melodies drenched in an overwhelming wall-of-towering-guitar-dynamics
by this self-declared grungegaze and sludgepop trio from down under. High-powered
and multi-layered reverberations with a heavy My Bloody Valentine touch. Bingo!
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‘Frogressive Punk’ by DETIETI (Moscow, Russia)
This experimental and stirring Russian outfit mixes post-punk, prog rock, funk, art pop & more into an exciting Frank Zappa-like cocktail that will please all of your sinful senses.
Frogressive punk

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BEST ALBUM – MAY 2018 Guitar Pop Legends BELLY’s Magical Comeback Pearl ‘DOVE’…

30 May 2018

As a devoted fan of Tanya Donelly‘s superb vox and her tremendously affecting songwriting, it feels vibrantly amazing that BELLY‘s comeback longplayer (third LP)
is a striking achievement. DOVE , released on the 4th of this month, is a shiny pearl.
A mixed emotions beauty with various aspects of love in the middle of it, therefore recognizable and able to touch people’s hearts and souls in various ways. Donelly‘s
sonic reflections and bewitching musings are essentially about being human and
her experiences of its evolution. Then, now and tomorrow. Life doesn’t take a break.

The alluring tone of her passionate and glamorous pop voice turned, to my pleased
ears, from twinkling and fairylike in the 90s, to gracious and majestic today. From luminous silver to solid gold. Donnelly‘s real-life emotions are wrapped in ravishing, addictive, guitar driven melodies. Radiantly orchestrated and colorfully arranged.
Overall Belly does here exactly what we all expect from great pop music. Oh yeah!

No fillers, all killers. That’s a cliché, I know, but a significant one as I only used it
three times this year. Capture DOVE’s gorgeousness and magic, right here, in full…

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1/ Mine
Its groovy mid-tempo beat and seducing rhythm sticks instantly…
“All the gents who stole my breath and not one was mine / Like you are mine”

2/ ‘Shiny One’
Without a shadow of a doubt one of this year’s best singles…
‘Bless me, my son, yeah / Bless me, my son, yeah’

3/ Human Child
Marching drums, melancholic flow, entrancing melody…
‘It’s a beautiful night, I’m here to drag you outside
Pull your ass out of the shade, my sun-blessed babe’

4/ Faceless
Glowing sentiments with Tanya‘s vocals standing out… again
‘I tell your face that I can’t hold you up but I can’t watch you drop’

5/ Suffer The Fools
One for the midnight hours with the lights dimmed…
‘You keep my key and my lazy letters
I’ll keep the angel that you bought to watch over me’

6/ Girl
Who’s that Girl? Another mid-tempo pop gem…
‘She brings it all and the time has come
For her song to be sung’

7/ Army Of Clay
Multi-layered guitar electricity, doubting sentiments…
“You can’t be brave if you’re not afraid
You can be saved and come out unscathed”

8/ Stars Align
In dreams, going sky-high…
‘Superman, watch who you save
Take care with whom you fly away’

9/ Quicksand
Candlelight splendour, poetic guitar solo…
“Is there a rock high enough to climb above the tides that come?”

10/ Artifact
Country feel, Linda Ronstadt echoes…
‘Don’t give up yourself to the sad man
That’s not for handy well handed’

11/ Heartstrings
Affecting acoustic lullaby for reflective moments…
‘Heartstrings come rigged
With horns and wings You gotta lift them up
Heartstrings”

Starryeyed (bonus track)
Sorrowful looking back reverie written in one day…
Tear up the contracts we drew/Our hands gave up too much too soon”

BELLY: Website – Facebook – Twitter

BELLY Shares Another Alluring Track From Upcoming Album – Here’s Electrifying ‘STARS ALIGN’ Stroke…

29 March 2018

After sharing Shiny One, the groovy first single of upcoming comeback album last February, 90s delightful guitar pop quartet BELLY, led by mesmerizing vox Tanya Donelly, just dropped another new vibrant track. STARS ALIGN is an electrical humdinger that sticks instantly. Energizing, arousing and starry-eyed and when Donnelly reassures us
that ‘It’s all gonna be alright‘ you’ll see better times popping up on the horizon. Here’s
the audio clip…

New album DOVE out 4 May 2018 – all info right here

BELLY: Website – Facebook – Twitter

BELLY – Finally Back With New Groovy And Electrifying Stroke ‘SHINY ONE’…

23 February 2018

Finally BELLY is back with new music. Led by the wonderful Tanya Donnelly this is
a long-awaited return of one of the most mesmeric popsmiths of the 90s. Brand new single SHINY ONE is a mid-tempo groove pearl that gets bigger and vivider along its electrifying way. Donelly‘s delightful vox is at the heart of this sparkling rainbow while glimmering guitars and an overall sticky swagger amplify the song tremendously.

An addictive grower you’ll have on repeat for a while to discover all layers of the splendiferous orchestrations, sunlit harmonies and rich arrangements. Welcome
back, Belly. Capture the beauty, here’s the audio clip…

BELLY: Website – Facebook – Twitter

New album DOVE out 4 May 2018 – all info right here