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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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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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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Folk Inspired Singer-Songwriter NICHOLAS ROWE Stirs With New Wistful Beauty ‘I WISH THAT I COULD SING IT FOR YOU’

Soulful reveries for the laziest day of the week

30 October 2022


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Artist: NICHOLAS ROWE
Who: An indie alt-folk singer/songwriter from Columbus, Ohio with a brooding,
folksy style that often draws comparisons to Jason Isbell, Wilco, or Conor Oberst.
A self-proclaimed ‘narcissist crippled with self-doubt’ who says he started out as
a rocker but become obsessed with folk songwriting after hearing Bob Dylan‘s 1975 masterpiece Blood On The Tracks.

New single: I WISH THAT I COULD SING IT FOR YOU
The first piece Rowe shares from his forthcoming album.

This is a soul-stirring beauty of a song. An introspective story with unanswered questions, with reflections on writing songs and a mystery lover. As I said before Rowe ‘s voice has the entrancing timbre of Bright Eyes‘ maestro Conor Oberst. Melancholic and vulnerable, tantalizing and heavyhearted. I Wish That I Could Sing It For You is a wistful beauty. Don’t miss it.

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