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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.
1. ‘May I Comply’ by HEARTWORMS (London)
Up and fast-coming artist Jojo Orme and her musical vehicle Heartworms is shooting to the top as a comet. It started with her ace EP A Comfort Notion and she follows it now with this new titillating single. A funky guitar pop pearl with a repetitive riff that creeps under your skin in an eye blink and sensual vocals that stick on the spot. Awesome.
2. ‘Meditation’ by INFADER (Belgium)
Infader is the band of Belgian singer-songwriter Michaël Denis who produce heavy rock with a dramatic flair. In a culture of musical over-simplification they add nuance to rock as we know it. Emotionally layered and transforming music, without the essence of the catchy song to lose sight of.
On Meditation, they storm fast-forward from the get-go with fierce guitars, pounding drumming and feverish vocals. A rapid-fire ripper that turns you dizzy. Sassy stroke!
Check the heat.
3. ‘Lords’ by BARBARISM (Manchester, UK)
Wow! What a smoking debut this is. Lords is a powerhouse hammer blow for fanatic headbangers with a guitar riff that drives you crazy and vocals that make your ears
4. ‘The Sadness In You, The Sadness In Me’ by SUEDE (London)
Last year the glam champs released their
9th, highly praised, album Autofiction.
An expanded edition shows up on December 8, it includes a
live LP and a 4-track EP featuring this vintage Suede diamond.
5. ‘I Want To Start A Religion’ by MATT TIEGLER (Chicago)
Chicago songwriter, actor and playwright Matt Tiegler returned to the studio after a long hiatus, for his third full-length, named Free Hands Down Hill, including this sickly sticky tune that may start a new religion. Pithy electricity. Hallelujah.
6. ‘Say It Like You Mean It’ by SLEATER-KINNEY (Washington)
Washington‘s longtime rollin’ pop-punk indies, a duo now with Carrie
Brownstein and Corin Tucker, have their new, 10th LP, baptized Little
Rope out on 19 January 2024.
Ahead of it we can enjoy this new sizzling single.
7. ‘Hiding’ by HAZE (Ghent, Belgium)
After playing with some bands, Belgian musician Mirabelle van de Put decided
in 2021 to go solo under the moniker of HAZE. Her excellent self-titled debut LP appeared the same year.
She’ll have her sophomore one, titled Out of Sight, out in January.
Hiding is the first single. A glinstering dream pop musing featuring sparkling guitar and smooth bass play, and van de Put‘s enticing voice takes you on a relaxing trip that flares up now and then.
The eye-catching video is created by Naomi Kerkhove.
8. ‘The Horrible Things’ by SARASARA (France)
Sarasara is a French avant-garde performance artist and
songwriter who launches her third album Elixir on March 1st.
The album’s potent mix of cultural ideas fuses with dark industrial synths and gothic atmospherics to shape her intoxicating, cinematic sophisti-pop. Enthralling, groove-laden compositions recall the likes of David Bowie and Jehnny Beth, but Sarasara found more influence in political writers; Bell Hooks, the distinguished professor of race and class, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, a French socialist, and the first person to declare himself an anarchist, and Édith Thomas, the French novelist and bisexual pioneer of women’s
history, among others.”
First single The Horrible Things is an enigmatic slo-mo reverie with an addictive
beat and Sarasara‘s near-whispering voice creating a ghostly atmosphere.
9. ‘The Turtle’ by DOCTOR, DOCTOR (Oakland, CA)
This Oakland trio has a new 4-track EP, named Second Opinion out.
Closer ‘The Turtle’ kept playing in my head after a couple of spins. First thing that came to mind was the acoustic guitar play of Jimmy Page on Led Zep‘s classic Stairway To Heaven because of its bewitching resonance. And I’ll throw in another big name. Think Jethro Tull
on a mellow moment. Well, judge for yourself.
10. ‘My Story’ by HANI ABADI (San Francisco)
This multi-instrumentalist and composer from San Francisco
releases his debut album ‘Tiamat‘ on November 30th.
My Story, the second shared track, is a moody and emotional ballad that makes you silent and triggers melancholic thoughts. It attempts to convey the complexity of a relationship and its profound effect on someone’s life. The song is meant to console and offer hope during the darkest days.
The accompanying video captures these raw emotions, featuring claymation characters. This nostalgic style is reminiscent of music videos from the late 90s and early 2000s.
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