Shadowy Synth/Guitar Reflections – British Duo TMFC With New EP ‘THE SPACE IN BETWEEN Pt. 1’

Extended plays…

19 July 2021


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Band: TMCF (UK)
Who: Pop duo unafraid to blend ambience with indie hooks to
create a psychedelic experience. Formed in a time of hopelessness.

New EP: THE SPACE INBETWEEN PT1

“We had the opportunity to dig deep introspectively and remember why it is we
make music in the first place. The reason is that music more than a choice, more
than a commodity – on a very human level, to us and to so many people, it is a
part of who we are… During the production of this EP, we were able to feel gravity
again, let our feet finally re-connect with the ground during this crazy time, and
once again fall in love with the process of creating music.”

Turn Up The Volume: Expect an instrumental synth/guitar opener (The Space
In Between
), a shadowy prog-roller-coaster with electrical twists and turns, and
a magnetic bass riff (Thaumaturgy), darkwavish pop-scapes (From Green To Grey
/ Collapse
), a sparkling dreamtune (The Lions Den ) and a euphonic, vocal symphony
with mellow piano touches (Soon The World Goes Black). Sounds intriguing, right?

Play this EP a couple of times in a row, so your hungry
ears can slowly discover the layered moodiness of it.

Dive into the space in between here…

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TMCF: Facebook

TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 5 Best EPs Of 2021 (So Far)

The 5 best of 2021 (so far) according to Turn Up The Volume’s ears…

Band: DEAP VALLY
Who: The two charismatic rock queens Lindsey
Troy
and Julie Edwards from the city of angels,
Los Angeles.

EP: AMERICAN COCKROACH
Released: 18 June 2021

Turn Up The Volume: After the equal top-notch Digital Dream EP
Deap Vally shine again on this follow-up, with some help from their
friends. Put the two 4-track EPs together (I did) and you get nothing
less than the amazing amazons’ best album (so far)! A gloriously
varied and high-quality pop/rock/blues accomplishment. Please
come back to Belgium (asap)!

Stream/buy here…


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DEAP VALLY: Facebook
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Band: ULTRA SUNN (Belgium)
Who: Cold/darkwave duo – Sam Huge
and Gaelle Souflet – from Brussels

EP: NIGHT IS MINE
Released: 5 March 2021

Turn Up The Volume: Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibes,
Sisters Of Mercy‘s gloom and doom hallucinations and Depeche
Mode
‘s pop-noir thrills and you have the soundtrack for midnight
summer parties.

Listen/buy here…


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ULTRA SUNN: Facebook
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Band: EMPTY HEAD
Who: Up and coming hit team from Liege, Belgium. They cultivate the contrasts
and hold both the visceral intensity of Seattle’s grunge and the bewitching fever
of California’s desert rock. The resulting blatant firepower is then used by singer
Simon Galloy as a support for his dark and intimate lyrics, which evoke topics such
as dreams and delusion, introspection, and the anxiety of the passage of time.

EP: EMPTY HEAD
Released: 15 May 2021

Turn Up The Volume: From supersonic prog-punk-rock to towering primal screams
and psychedelic ax riffage, from mind-crushing paranoia and muscled turbulence to
swing moods emotions. Your ears will not be the same after listening to this full-headed whirlwind.

Check/buy EP here…


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EMPTY HEAD: Facebook
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Artist: NICOLE MARXEN
Who: Dallas-based musician and visual artist.
Known as one of the shiny dark innovators behind
acclaimed avant-garde pop band Midnight Opera.

EP: TETHER
Released: 26th February 2021

Marxen says “In many ways, it was a crucial first step in my own grieving
process and self-discovery as a songwriter. Being so rooted in showmanship,
I hadn’t explored such vulnerability in my work before. when I began to shift
my efforts inward, I found that my truth very much needed to be expressed.
The song serves as a reminder to hold space for myself.”

Turn Up The Volume: You actually can feel Nicole Marxen‘s pain of losing
her mother as titanic industrial synth wallops petrify your perplexed mind.
She wants to ease the gloom and doom impact of her dramatic loss so her
wounded heart and restless soul can breathe free again. Chelsea Wolfe is
around the corner, listening in the shadow.

Stream/buy here…


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NICOLE MARXEN: Facebook
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Artist: HANNYA WHITE
Who: Musician/modern art painter and video maker,
based in London creating an unusual combination of
the playful and the dystopian.

EP: NO PREVIEW
Released: 23 February 2021

Score: 4 love songs for those who want to explore the dark side of their
inner self by watching David Lynch movies. I’m sure Hannya White is one
of them. The way she infiltrates your worried thoughts with electro-scapes
boggles your psyche. It’s a puzzling experience. Expect the unexpected.

Chaotic music for chaotic people in chaotic times.

Listen/buy here…


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HANNYA WHITE: Facebook

Nashville Singer/Songwriter LAYLA FRANKEL Sends Us A 5-Track ‘POSTCARD FROM THE MOON’

Reveries for the laziest day of the week…

20 June 2021

Artist: LAYLA FRANKEL
Who: Nashville-based singer-songwriter describing her genre-crossing music, as “Soulcana” with witty lyrics and crafted melodies, her songs blur the lines between blues, folk, pop-rock and soul, featuring powerhouse vocals at the forefront.

New EP: POSTCARD FROM THE MOON

Turn Up The Volume: Do you want some illustrative references? Lana Del Ray, Eagles,
Carly Simon
and Dolly Parton. Spellbinding vocals, country folk musings and candlelight sentiments. Romanticana all over the place. The moon moved to Nashville and Frankel
send us a sonic postcard from there with 5 gripping songs.

Single: You Can’t Love Me Like I Loved You
Selected as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Stream/buy
the full EP right here…

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LAYLA FRANKEL: WebsiteFacebook

Shake Your Booty To AILI x TRANSISTORCAKE And Their 爽快な EP ‘DANSU’

Daily electricity to load your batteries…

16 June 2021

Artists: Japanese/Belgian artist AILI and Belgian act TRANSISTORCAKE

Who: Two dance addicts bringing together elements of
Kosmiche Musik, Acid House, Electronica, Disco & Leftfield Pop.

EP: DANSU
“A hymn to dancing the night away, made more poignant being written
and recorded as Brussels’ club sat shut. Over a taut Motorik rhythms Aili’s
hushed vocals blending perfectly with lambent washes of synths to create
a hypnotic, languorously funky, track.”

Aili: “I left Tokyo for Belgium when I was 7 years old and in many ways my
Japanese stayed at that level. When I sing in Japanese it puts me into this
naive, almost childlike mindset that allows me to express what I feel right
away. You don’t need to understand the words just the feeling that they
convey.”

Turn Up The Volume: Oh my, oh my, this feels so good. A hip-shaking
vibration (Dansu), a techno stomper (Oki), an ambient Orbital-like bass
banger (Pari Pari), exotic Chem Bros dance bleeps (Genki) and deep chill-
out beats (Futsu). Get the ecstatic feeling? And Aili is totally right: you don’t
need to understand the words. Her soulful voice has a sensual, sexy and
stimulating touch. Get up, stand up and shake your booty.

Right here, right now…


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Eskimo Recordings: Website


(Photo credit: Illias Teirlinck 2021)

爽快な: exhilarating

Canadian Heroes THE TRAGICALLY HIP Release New EP With Old Songs

26 May 2021

Band: THE TRAGICALLY HIP
Famous Canadian rockers from Kingston, Ontario
who hit the scene in 1984. released 13 albums, and
called it a day when they sadly lost their frontman
Gord Downie who passed away in 2017.


Back in 1989

New EP: SASKADELPHIA
Released: 21 May 2021
Order info: here

Out of the blue, The Hip unleashed this new 6-track EP of previously
unreleased songs from 1990. Five tracks were actually recorded their
1991 LP Road Apples, which was to be called Saskadelphia, but the
label bosses thought it was a ‘too Canadian’ title.

Rob Baker (guitarist): “I went ‘Wow’ when I heard ‘Ouch’ after all
this time. We were a pretty good little band.”

Johnny Fay (drummer): “We didn’t know what was there, so this meant
baking them and listening to them as they were being transferred. Hearing
them for the first time in 30 years was crazy.”

Gord Sinclair (bassist): “We are, sadly, never going to have the chance
to put out new stuff. For us, in our minds, this is new.”

Turn Up The Volume: Six vintage power strokes. I know, it’s only classic
guitar rock but injected with a fervor and fury blues force which made the
Hip such a beloved and highly praised band.

Here we go…

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THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Facebook

The 5 EPs That Impressed TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Ears During The First Three Lockdown Months Of 2021

13 April 2021

Band: DEAP VALLY
Who: The two charismatic rock queens Lindsey
Troy
and Julie Edwards from the city of angels,
Los Angeles.

EP: DIGITAL DREAM
Released: 26 February 2021

TUTV says: Deap Vally invited their friends jennylee (Warpaint),
Soko, KT Tunstall, Peaches and Jamie Hince (The Kills). With such
an impressive cast you can’t get but 4 genuine gems: 2 soulful
ballads and 2 bluesy grooves. Top stuff! And a new EP is already
canned. Can’t wait. More info about American Cockroach here.

Listen/buy here…


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DEAP VALLY: Facebook

Artist: SERJ TANKIAN
Who: Frontman of noiseniks System Of A Down

EP: ELASTICITY – solo debut
Released: 19 March 2021

TUTV says: 5 sledgehammers with balls, perfect to start
insane moshpits with. Tankian still roars, rants and rattles
as if nothing else matters. Absobloodylutely noisetadtic!

Stream here…

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SERJ TANKIAN: Facebook

Band: ULTRA SUNN (Belgium)
Who: Cold/darkwave duo – Sam Huge and
Gaelle Souflet – from Brussels

EP: NIGHT IS MINE
Released: 5 March 2021

TUTV says: Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibes, Sisters Of Mercy‘s
gloom and doom hallucinations and Depeche Mode‘s pop-noir
thrills and you know it’s time for a dazzling house-lockdown-party.

Listen/buy here…


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ULTRA SUNN: Facebook

Band: REMINGTON SUPER 60 (Norway)
Who: Dream pop outfit created by songwriter
and producer Christopher Schou in 1998.

EP: NOUVELLE NOUVEAU
Released: 19 March 2021

TUTV says: Dream pop at its very best. Sonic melancholia for
the twilight hours with the sensual voice of Elisabeth Thorsen.
Imagine Mazzy Starr‘s wonderful Hope Sandoval wandering
at night in empty city streets while whispering her lullabies.

Listen/buy here…


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REMINGTON SUPER 60: Facebook

Band: INDOORSMEN
Who: Rowdy passion rockers from Chicago

EP: CLEANING HOUSE PT. 1
Released: 25 March 2021

TUTV says: Expect electrifying head-spinning rippers you
can play out loud to deafen your lockdown demons with.
But this Chicago gunslingers also show their moody blues
side on this excellent debut EP.

Listen/buy here…


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INDOORSMEN: Facebook

Coming Soon… New 4-Track DEAP VALLY EP

New stuff in the pipeline…

27 January 2021

Band: DEAP VALLY (California)
Who: Two impressive queens – Lindsey Troy (guitar, vocals) and
Julie Edwards (drums and vocals) – who pump up your adrenalin
with Led Zep inspired blues-rock and (lately) with starry-eyed
humdingers. One of my 21st Century top bands.

EP: DIGITAL DREAM
Out: 26th February

Info: After their surprising, but striking collaboration with
The Flaming Lips last year, the duo now recorded 4 songs
with favorite artists: Jenny Lee from Warpaint, Jaimie Hince
from The Kills, Katie Tunstall & Peaches, Soko & Zach Dawes

Recent shared single LOOK AWAY was
Turn Up The Volume‘s Pick Of The Day.

Stream/buy here…


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DEAP VALLY: FacebookPre-order facilities EP


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)