Turn Up The Volume’s 20 BEST BALLADS OF 2022

Best heart-and-soul touching reveries of 2022

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(photo byTurn Up The Volume – Antwerp, 6 June 2022)

1. ‘Come Back’ by SHARON VAN ETTEN

Album: We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong

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(Photo By Turn Up The Volume – Amsterdam, 15 October 2022)

2. ‘All The Good Times’ by ANGEL OLSEN (St. Louis, Missouri)

Album: Big Time

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3.’Change’ by BIG THIEF (Brooklyn, New York)

Album: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe You

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4. ‘The Epidemiologist’ by PETER DOHERTY & FREDERIC LO (UK/France)

Album: The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime

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5. ‘Gospel At The Night Club’ by ASHLEY McBRYDE

Album: Ashley McBride Presents: Lindeville

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6. ‘Stay’ by KAT KOAN (Berlin)

Album: Cocoon

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7. ‘Train Comes Through’ by EZRA FURMAN (Chicago, US)

Album: All Of Us Flames

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8. ‘Story To Tell’ by RYAN THOMAS SMELLE (Canada)

Album: In The Homestretch

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9. ‘Spitting Off The Edge Of The World’ by YEAH YEAH YEAHS (New York City)

Album: Cool It Down

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10. ‘Firmament’ by DIM GRAY (Oslo, Norway)

Album: Firmament

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11. ‘I Wish That I Could Sing It For You’ by NICOLAS ROWE (Columbus, Ohio)

Album: The Circle Remains Unbroken

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12. ‘Fables’ by INTERPOL

Album: The Other Side Of Make-Believe

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13. ‘Arkansas’ by THE TRUSTED (Southend-on-Sea, UK)

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14.’Save Me’ by WAITING FOR SMITH (UK)

EP: Trying Not To Try

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15. ‘Life And Lies’ by LEE ROGERS (Northern Ireland)

Album: Gameblood

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(Photo by Turn Up The Volume – Antwerp, 8 April 2022)

16. ‘I Love You’ by FONTAINES D.C. (Dublin, Ireland)

Album: Skinty Fia

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17. ‘Amber’  by SERJ TANKIAN (from Systems Of A Dawn) and SEVAK AMROYAN
Sung in Armenian

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18. ‘Christmas In October’ by MIKE & THE NERVE (Gainesville, FL)

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19. ‘Wasting’ by FERNA (US)


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20. ‘Always Together With You’ by SPIRITUALIZED (UK)
Jason Pierce‘s orchestra

Album: Everything Was Beautiful

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Discover The Political Side Of FONTAINES DC With Their New Single ‘I LOVE YOU’

New striking strokes

18 February 2022

Band: FONTAINES D.C.
Who: Irish post-punk squad
Albums: Drogel (2019) and A Hero’s Death (2020)

New album: SKINTY FIA – 3rd LP
Release: 22 April via Partisan Records

Skinty Fia is Irish for ‘the damnation of the deer.’ Both the title
and cover art refer to the extinction of the Irish giant deer. The
symbol for a longplayer that meditates on the band’s Irish identity.
It’s the first LP made after all group members moved out of Ireland,
looking back from the outside.

New single: I LOVE YOU
It’s the second piece the Irishmen share
after lead single Jackie Down The Line.


(Grian Chatten – photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Grian Chatten (frontman): “The first overtly political song we’ve written. It’s from the perspective of an Irishman abroad who is enjoying great personal success and a sense of cultural pride, and simultaneously metabolises deep disappointment, and swirling anger,
at the current political climate as well as the country’s grimmest historical atrocities, such
as the decades of tragic brutality at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Galway.”

Listen to the meditative story here…

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