NEW ALBUMS – Perfume Genius – Magnetic Fields – Sparks – Jason Isbell And The Unit 400

Brand new longplayers…

‘Set My Heart On Fire Immediately’ by PERFUME GENIUS – Seattle, US – Fifth album

“Whatever he’s doing, the results are uniformly fantastic: rich, fascinating and moving, packed with gorgeous melodies and arrangements that feel alive, constantly writhing into unexpected new shapes. For an artist frequently characterised by his miserable backstory of bullying, addiction and chronic illness and his lyrical empathy for human failure and frailty, it feels astonishingly assured and confident in its approach, which perhaps explains the cover image and supporting cast: an expression of power and focus, like the album itself.”
The Guardian (UK newspaper) – Score: 5/5

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‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’ by SPARKS – Pacific Palisades, California – 24th album

“You could pick a highlight for your every mood from this diverse set. It is an album as multi-faceted as it is innovative. And that’s Sparks to a tee. For all the surreal and light-hearted examinations of under-explored pop-song subjects such as Stravinsky and lawnmowers,
there are hugely poignant moments.”
Independent (UK newspaper) – Score: 4/5

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‘Quickies’ by Magnetic Fields – New York City – 12th album

“The album’s songs offer funny and poignant portraits of their subjects, but on a deeper level, they address broader philosophical questions: What makes someone attractive to us when others find them loathsome? Why does domestic life feel so confining, while danger excites us? Why do we look back on the darkest moments of our life so fondly? Merritt’s ability to blend comedy and heartache through finely observed character studies is one of his greatest strengths, and that skill in fine form throughout Quickies.” Slant (webzine US) Score: 4/5

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‘Reunions’ by JASON ISBELL & THE UNIT 400 – Green Hill, Alabama – seventh album

“In addition to being his most crisply produced, sleek recording yet, Isbell’s latest is also his most haunted and ruminative (the word “ghost’ appears no less than five times). As such, Reunions feels meaningfully, if subtly, removed from the trilogy of post-sobriety records the Nashville-via-North Alabama songwriter has written over the past decade. Reunions is a nuanced, probing record that finds Isbell more restless than he’s been since Southeastern, a rich portrait of an artist eternally searching deeper within himself. “You tell the truth enough,” as he puts it on “Be Afraid,” “you find it rhymes with everything.” – Rolling Stone – Score: 3.5/5

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OUT TODAY! Listen To The Self-Titled Debut Album By PETER DOHERTY & THE PUTA MADRES…

Just released

26 April 2019

Band: PETER DOHERTY & THE PUTA MADRES
Who: The chief Libertine’s newest musical vehicle
Album: PETER DOHERTY & THE PUTA MADRES
Turn Up The Volume says: a bit like The Waterboys
but purer, more intense & better tunes
The Independent verdict: 3/5 – review here

Album in full…

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The singles/clips

– WHO’S BEEN HAVING YOU OVER –

– PARADISE IS UNDER YOUR NOSE –

PETER DOHERTY & THE PUTA MADRES: Facebook

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Selection Of Five New Rad MUST-HEAR Albums…

New longplayers that will have an impact on your ears and your speakers

1. ‘Make Room’ by DESTROY BOYS (Sacramento, CA, US)
Second longplayer from this turbulent female Californian three-piece who re-inject riot grrl vehemence and feminist punk outspokenness with fresh adrenalin-spiced firecrackers and barbed wire punches you can jump, scream and go totally nuts to. Manic street dynamite!

Stream here…

DESTROY BOYS: Facebook

2. ‘Mt. Joy’ by MT. JOY (LA, California, US)
A tremendously heartfelt and ardent debut LP by a highly compelling LA-via-Philadelphia five-piece. Gripping, amplified emotions wrapped in passion filled folk musings for the midnight hour with Matt Quinn‘s impressive vox at the very heart of this ardent journey .

Stream here…


MT. JOY: Facebook

3. ‘Echo The Red’ by ACCÜ (Wales / The Netherlands)
This enigmatic debut record by half Dutch half Welsh singer-songwriter Accü is a real revelation. An intriguing trip full of electronic waves with a high degree of mysterious radiation reinforced by the artist’s beguiling voice. An overall engrossing odyssey.

Stream here…

ACCÜ: Facebook

4. ‘Make Me Famous And I Move To Canada‘ by IMUSTBE LEONARDO (Berlin, Germany)
Touched by the dark sides of life’s fickleness this Berlin-based singer/songwriter didn’t gave up. Inspired by Lou Reed‘s dusky ‘Coney Island Baby’ LP he tried to crush his demons with soul-stirring reveries and emotive cries of self-excorcism. Mission accomplished.

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IMustBe Leonardo: Facebook

5. ‘Bsides This, It Is What It Is Not’ by WOY (Melbourne, Australia)
“A self-proclaimed pioneer of Bogan-rock, Woy is a project that presents the irritable idiosyncrasies of Australiana right to you- no punches pulled” says the bio. Lyricist Kieran Dickson brought several musicians together for this multi-faceted electronic octopus album. From moody to groovy, from glammy to funky. So many layers to discover. Top!

Stream here…


WOY: Facebook

See/hear you soon again, music junkies for some new stuff

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Selection Of Five New Rad MUST-HEAR Albums…

New longplayers that will have an impact on your ears and your speakers

1. ‘Darkness Rains’ by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Halloween is just around the corner. Perfect timing for this voodoo-ish garage gang to launch their new tremendous LP. From glowing glam slams to freakish doom havoc with demonic guitars and Bonnie Bloomgarden‘s cutting primal screams. Freakish experience!

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DEATH VALLEY GIRLS: Facebook

2. ‘Icon’ by THE VENUS FLY TRAP (Northampton, UK)
If Stephen King and David Lynch formed a band they would sound as creepily cool as this cult duo who formed in 1986. Now they return with some horror-ific electro punk fuel to inflame the coming Apocalypse! Don’t miss the fun, all you bloodthirsty pariahs out there.

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THE VENUS FLY TRAP: Facebook

3. ‘Lower’ by MEDICINE BOY (Berlin, Germany)
Welcome this twilight Cape Town duo to the dark side of your troubled mind. Their sonic electronic explorations vary from Mazzy Star‘s gloominess to The Kills‘ darkest blues moments. Mystifying voices and magnetic vibes. Join this truly fascinating journey!

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MEDICINE BOY: Facebook

4. s/t by RUDE DUDE AND THE CREEK FREAKS (Savannah, GA, US)
Expect sixties injected psychedelic jams, transcendent escapades, wah wah electricity, organ sultriness à la The Animals, reverberating guitar turbulence and echoing vocals
with a biting flair. Time to leave reality temporarily! Time now to go eight miles high!

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RD And The CF: Facebook

5. ‘New Bad News’ by THE FABRICATORS (South London, UK)
“We’re a garage band / We come from garageland” spitted The Clash iconic frontman Joe Strummer once. This is what The Fabricators‘s spirit is all about. Raw, energetic, confident and burning. Frank DIY post punk emotions from the street. Direct and honest and loud!

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THE FABRICATORS: Facebook

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Selection Of Five Brand New MUST-HEAR Albums…

New longplayers that will have an impact on your ears and your speakers

1. ‘Dinner Dates For The End of Days’ by SCARVES (Seattle, US)
Crackling math-rock emo-punk with twisted echoes from Pavement‘s self-willed havoc to Parquet Courts‘ piercing chants. Very intense, heavily compelling and multiple layers to discover. Trust me, give this impressive album a couple of spins and you’ll be hooked.

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Available via Good Eye Records

2. ‘Siesta’ by HATER (Malmö, Sweden)
“The perfect soundtrack for that summer romance and the inevitable break up. Heartbreak
has never sounded so sweet!”
says the press statement. Yes, this Swedish quartet combines starry-eyed guitar pop and youthful romanticism just beautifully. Many moony daydreams.

Stream/purchase here


HATER: Facebook

3. ‘Godmother’ by GODMOTHER (Berlin, Germany)
Berlin-based group Godmother is the darkly melodic queer art project helmed by Joey Hansom. His absorbing debut LP is entirely intruiging. Profound musings about troubled life itself and its daily mixed emotions. High quality songwriting with catching twists.

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GODMOTHER: Facebook

4. VOL. 4 by BIKINI BEACH (Konstanz, Germany)
Imagine Black Sabbath going viciously punk. These German motherrockers produce a sonic tsunami of fierce guitar firework, deafening killer strokes and electrical in your face slams. At times they slow down only to come back harder, meaner and louder! Towering score!

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BIKINI BEACH: Facebook

5. ‘Light Goes’ by PARROT DREAM (Brooklyn, NY, US)
This Brooklyn‘s electro guitar pop duo wrote their debut LP over a span of two years, touching themes of connection, love, memories and clarity wrapped in captivating songs. From reflective to fervent, from atmospheric to cinematic. Affecting music to drift away to.

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Available via Bandcamp/iTunes

Five New MUST-HEAR Longplayers Selected By TURN UP THE VOLUME!

New longplayers that will have an impact on your ears and your speakers…

1. ‘Laurent’ by IT IT ANITA (Luik, Belgium)
Candidate for album of the year! Belgian noiseniks’ new kick out the jams LP is a knockout from start to finish. They impress heavily while challenging the boundaries of noise rock.

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2. ‘Dead Styles’ by THE STREETS ON FIRE (Chicago, Illinois, US)
The Streets On Fire are back with a Saturday Night Fever soundtrack for all mavericks out there. Haunting post-punk firework with Suicide and NIN echoes. Psych-o-delic wizardry!

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3. ‘THE MFDV’by MORNINGFACE & DOROTHY VALLENS (US/UK)
Two hallucinatory trips by experimental minds Dorothy Vallens. Five blue-sky meditations designed by Morningface and two astonishing jams as the kaleidoscopic result of their combined forces. The final result is a stream of psychedelic extravaganza to get lost in.

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4. ‘Telcel’ by SECRET MUTILATOR (Los Angeles, California, US)
Chrashing debut album by stripped down electro-punk outfit out of sunny L.A. Expect reverberating synth drones and pitch black electronics. I’m sure David Lynch is a fan!

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5. ‘exhalants’ by EXHALANTS (Austin, Texas)
Noise for the wicked. Punk havoc for the misfits. Sonic exorcism for the sinners. Clamorous hullabaloo for the outcasts. Screams from hell. LOUD LOUD LOUD!

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INTERPOL’s New Album ‘MARAUDER’ Out Today / Interview With NME…

24 August 2018

Gloomy New York rockers INTERPOL launched their new, sixth LP entitled MARAUDER today. An overall darksome journey dominated by the band’s obscure signature guitar electricity and Paul Banks somber, yet arresting vox. Although their heavy-hearted tone sounds familiar the trio succeeds to stir your senses profoundly with several sharply
oiled strokes. A compelling longplayer, definitely one of the group’s best efforts.

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s key tracks: The Rover / Complications / Flight Of Fancy /
Mountain Child / Surveillance / Number 10

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NME’s impressions: “The NYC trio sixth album is a bold and artful evolution,
though it’s so claustrophobic you may long for a sense of release
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CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND writes: “Interpol shoot themselves in the foot on ‘Marauder’.
Poor production and mixing choices detract from an otherwise emotionally intense album.”
– Full review here

THE GUARDIAN says: “They seemed shackled to their early success – but this affecting
and immediate album sees Interpol break free of the past.
” – Full review here

READ the band’s in-depth INTERVIEW with NME here

INTERPOL Website – Facebook – Discography

Five New MUST-HEAR Longplayers Selected By TURN UP THE VOLUME!…

New longplayers that will have an impact on your ears and your speakers…

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1/ ‘Disco For Losers’ by CHARLION (Stockholm, Sweden)
This Swedisch combo offers you a swirling glam mix of Chic disco, Duran Duran‘s pop romanticism and The Knife‘s deep cuts beats. With a sarcastic wink here and there. An electrical synths paradise with massive tunes! I repeat! Massive tunes! Party time, folks!

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Available via iTunes

2/ ‘Feelin’ Freaky’ by FALCON JANE (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada)
Contemplative rainbow pop music with singer/songwriter Sarah May‘s alluring voice at
the very heart of its melancholic splendor. An album of sensitive songs about a variety of wholehearted emotions, but overall attractively intimate and tender. A colorful palette of touching balladry, poetic orchestrations and moony arrangements. A magnetic longplayer you’ll love to have as a comforting companion to soundtrack your twilight moments. Top!

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Also available via iTunes

3/ ‘Health’ by DEUX TROIS (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Deux Trois is an adventurous project born out of different Ontario bands. Their 8-track debut EP is quite amazing. The story of ‘Health’ is like: “if one of your co-workers was a defined manic pixie dream girl to all of your customers, but you knew she was actually a
weirdo bitch twenty-four hours a day.”
Expect an inflammable cocktail of gloomy beats, threatening booms, tribal gloominess, darksome Siouxsie magic and gripping vocals.

Stream/purchase here


Also available via iTunes

4/ ‘A Complete History of Witchcraft’ by THE VEGA BODEGAS (Cardiff, Wales, UK)
This firework album is about aliens, love, monkeys, earthquakes, food, the size of home country Wales and other wacko stories. A mospith record obviously inspired by blustery American motherrockers such as the legendary New York Dolls and massive riff gangs Green Day and Guns N’ Roses. Loud shit to test your speakers’ flexibility with! Hallelujah!

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5/ ‘Ballads Of A Psychedelic Soul’ by THE DURTY WURKS (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Seems like the spiritual grandchildren of America‘s 60s vocal harmonies legends The Byrds live in Scotland. The Durty Wurks’ debut album is definitely inspired by the most innovative decade in musical history. Their affecting collection of psychedelic jingle jangle pop songs sounds both familiar and refreshing, sounds both like yesterday and today. Sticky score!

Stream/purchase here…


Also available via iTunes