TURN UP THE VOLUME’s JUKEBOX 2023 – 10 New Tracks Added Every Week

Every week 10 new rad tracks added

In order to not miss a beat Turn Up The Volume scans the musical
horizon daily (doing it for years now, actually) to stay in touch with
all new things sonically great and shares the results on a weekly

Check the 10 new rad cuts just
added to this rad 2023 playlist.


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1. Ice Cream (Pay Phone) by BLACK PUMAS (Austin, Texas)

📸 Jody Domingue Studios

The soul pumas have their brand new album Chronicles Of A Diamond
out, with this funky ripper as one of the highs off the record.



2. ‘All The Times’ by GAE VINCI remixed by THE KVB

Sicilian musician/producer Gae Vinci released his top-notch debut album
Lonely Ballads last May, mixing electronica, psychedelia and electric shoegaze

To keep the momentum going, renowned British darkwave duo The KVB remixed
All The Times, one of the album’s highlights. Their atmospheric approach adds a heart-warming Depeche Mode-esque vibe.

The accompanying, eye-catching video was an idea of Gae Vinci, who
chose and edited clips, transposing into visual The KVB‘s sound.



3. ‘Swan’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (Australia)

Last Friday these ridiculously productive psych-prog rockers from down under unleashed their 25th album in 13 years. Hallelujah. On The Silver Cord they swapped guitars for electronica.

Swan is a great example of it. Yes, the Aussies go disco.


4. ‘Cars’ by DARKPLACE (Stockholm, Sweden)

Darkplace is a mysterious new Swedish dark dream pop/post-punk group who
released their intriguing debut album About The End Of The World last Friday.

Watch the album saga in motion right here.

One of the 4 singles on the LP is this Cars banger.


5. ‘The Tower’ by FUTURE ISLANDS (Baltimore, US)

(Photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Baltimore‘s synth-pop act FUTURE ISLANDS present their 7th album,
baptized People Who Aren’t There Anymore next year, on January 26.

The newest single off the album is this pure synth-pop pearl.


6. ‘Ghostwriter’ by STRESS DOLLS (Buffalo, NY)

Stress Dolls is the moniker of American alt/pop/rock artist Chelsea O’Donnell.

Ghostwriter is the 2nd single off her upcoming debut album.

“There are many times where I don’t really know what a song is about until long after
I write it, and “Ghostwriter” was no exception. I came to recognize it as a metaphor about my relationship to anxiety: I want to be the narrator of my own story, but there are lots of times where I feel like my anxious feelings take the reins, even if I don’t want them to. I take the credit, or blame, for my own actions, but the metaphor of anxiety as a ‘ghostwriter’ felt fitting to me.”

Ghostwriter is a speedy, shivering and steamrollin’ indie pop tune with
some surprisingly exciting violin play embedded in an guitar-driven flair.



7. ‘It Goes On’ by WAASH

“I find myself writing about moving on and freeing yourself from bad vibes quite often. I guess it’s just the theme of my life, and these songs are my way of meditating on these relationships and finding peace with it.”

It Goes On is a jangly psych-pop dream propelled by glowing
guitars and has a galvanic chorus that sticks instantly.

Press play.


8. ‘You Be Good’ by ARIH SK (Ontario, Canada)

(Credit: Amber Lee Williams)

Arih SK is an artist living and working in St. Catharines, Ontario. He’s known for writing short, slightly upbeat songs with simple melodies about loss, nostalgia, family, and relationships.

“This song is inspired by Alex The Parrot, who was part of the avian learning experiment. He could tell between different colours and shapes, could count, and he was the first non-human animal to have ever asked a question (what colour am I?). Sadly, the experiment was abruptly ended by Alex’s untimely death. The chorus of the song borrows Alex’s last words, which were the same words he said at the end of every day’s session: “You be good. I love you. See you tomorrow. My daughter Olive sings on this track with me.

‘You Be Good’ is a sweet, tender and catchy father/daughter lullaby. Lovely!

Sing along.



This US outlaw alt-folk group have come a long way since their humble beginnings when they used to busk for loose change, actually taking their name from a time when they were accused of stealing a corner on Tejon Street in their home city of Colorado Springs during a turf war between rival buskers.

Last week they released their brand new
full length, baptized Juxtaposition.

The End Of Apathy is one of the stand out tracks on the record.
A punky folk chant fueled with manic mandolin riffage.



10. ‘Autumn’ by THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM (New Jersey, US)

New Jersey‘s Americana rockers launched their new,
6th LP, titled History Books. It’s simply one of their best.

This melancholic power ballad is one of the notable scores

See/hear you next week

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Waking Up With FUTURE ISLANDS And New Synth-Pop Gem ‘THE TOWER’

Daily noise that works faster than any stimulant

28 October 2023

Press photo

Baltimore‘s synth pop act FUTURE ISLANDS present their 7th LP,
baptized People Who Aren’t There Anymore next year, on January 26.

Press info: Where they’ve pursued ever-higher energy anthems in the past, they’ve
turned inward this time, and unlocked a new level of ferocity, delivering some of their most inspiring and most heartbreaking tracks by doing the opposite: taking their time, making each breath, each syllable, each cymbal crash count. The result is a powerful, defining statement from a group of musicians that have made the best album of their career.

Along with the info of the album FI shared another
new single – already the 4th – named THE TOWER.
A pure synth-pop pearl. An instant hit.


All 4 singles

FUTURE ISLANDS: Instagram – Website

Sweet Synth Pop Flavour – FUTURE ISLANDS Drop Standalone Single ‘PEACH’

(pic by Turn Up The Volume)

19 August 2021

Who: Electro-pop outfit from Baltimore (US)
led by energetic frontman Samuel Herring
Active: Since 2006 / 6 studio albums (so far)

Last year, Future Islands delivered their sixth longplayer
As Long As You Are and stayed productive afterward with
what countless artists did during lockdowns, sharing covers.
And now they make all synth-pop fans happy again with a
brand new standalone single called Peach.

It’s Future Islands by numbers. Sweet pop music
with a feel-good flavour. That’s what they do best.

Enjoy here…



15 March 2021

Baltimore’s pop combo FUTURE ISLANDS led by energetic frontman
Samuel T. Herring delivered their sixth LP As Long As You Are
last October.

And now they do what so many did/do since that vicious pandemic
changed our lives: covering other artists. The band picked a big 1985
Tina Turner hit. If you never heard of Tina and her moody beauty
WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO you really would think that it’s a
new Future Islands song.

Listen here (audio clip)…

The mighty original


(Live in Belgium – photo by Turn Up The Volume!)


On the stereo…

13 October 2020

Band: FUTURE ISLANDS (Baltimore)
Album: AS LONG AS YOU ARE – sixth LP
Released: 9 October 2020

NME: “The indie heroes spin thrillingly off the tracks
on a bruised album that exudes the brilliance of their
breakout 2014 song ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’”

Enjoying the synth-pop symphonies


Samuel T. Herring in action… (photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Moody Electro Beauty – ‘BORN IN A WAR’ By FUTURE ISLANDS

New sonic impulses

7 October 2020

(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

This Friday, three years after The Far Field, Baltimore synth-pop daydreamers FUTURE ISLANDS release new album As Long As You Are. Over the past few months, the band
has already shared three tracks off the new LP.

And here’s another one. BORN IN A WAR is
a moody synth beauty, reflective and affecting.

Listen here…


Album out 9 October via 4AD

Baltimore’s Synth Pop Act FUTURE ISLANDS Shares New Moody Track ‘THRILL’

New sonic impulses…

13 August 2020

(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Baltimore synth-pop act FUTURE ISLANDS, led by charismatic
frontman Samuel T. Herring, returns with new music three years
after their The Far Field album.

Last month they already surprised us with a new lively song For Sure.
Now they announced a new longplayer, entitled ‘As Long As You Are‘,
out in October. Simultaneously the band shared new piece THRILL.
A moody and tender humdinger.

Listen/watch here…


Samuel T. Herring in action (photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

FUTURE ISLANDS – Back With New Buzzing Electro Pop Single From Forthcoming Fifth Album…

Fresh electrifying impulses for your ears…


Baltimore‘s passionate synth pop collective FUTURE ISLANDS, led by the tireless and dynamic frontman Samuel T. Herring return with their fifth album THE FAR FIELD later this spring, three years after their breakthrough LP Singles. And here’s first single RAN. Pure, elevating pop rapture that will put a big smile on your face. Press the button here…

FUTURE ISLANDS: Website – Facebook – Twitter

A steamy ‘Future Islands’ in my hometown Ghent in 2014 (my pic)