Confirmed By ELTON JOHN – Believe The YARD ACT Hype! Debut LP Is Out This Friday.

19 January 2022

If you can make it in Leeds, you can make it everywhere, and when iconic
crooner Elton John says he’s a fan (read all about it here) you know you’re
a crocodile rock band on the verge of world domination.

Anyway, on 4 August 2020 Turn Up The Volume wrote this about
the second single, titled Fixer Upper, by a band he discovered
called YARD ACT from Leeds…

“Prepare for a mind-messing crackerjack that’ll do your head in the way you like it. This funky
as bloody hell
banger sounds as if Mike Skinner and Sleaford Mods joined forces to experiment with intoxicating guitar riffs to turn up the decibels on for once. Fixer Upper is an electrifying post-punk rap slam with a repetitive bass-tastic groove having an instant bang-up impact on your body movements. Stupendous boombox stuff, stupendous shake-and-quake vibrations, stupendous street story. Original pirate turbulence, indeed.”

Today, 18 months later Fixer Upper passed the 1 million streams mark on Spotify…

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We have 6 jagged Yard Act jackhammers by now…

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All this and more will be on their debut LP THE OVERLOAD, out in 2 days!

Pre-order here

Rough Trade says about the firstborn: “Pulling off a debut album in a pandemic isn’t easy, but somehow, Yard Act have made it work. Recording with Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding) at his Bristol studio, those prolific demos have been sharpened down into something that speaks to the times we live in, creating a statement of intent that survives on nuance – a record of retro influences, recorded in a modern way, that manages to poke fun at society without punching down from a place of lefty superiority. The Overload is a political record, but in the same way that all great observations of human nature are – a messy, complex, knowingly hypocritical snapshot of our current state of play.”

See you in a couple of weeks in Antwerp, guys.

New Albums In 2022 – Gloomy Electronic Debut By Danish Duo ‘OUI PLASTIQUE’

New longlayers coming in 2022

6 January 2021

Band: OUI PLASTIQUE
Who: Martin Nyrup and James Thomas, an electronic music
duo based in Denmark and Italy respectively. In 2017, they
released their first collaborative album, ‘Convergence’ under
the names of their own projects, Perpacity and DVL.

New album: FRATERNITY OF STRANGERS
Release: CD on 28th January and digitally
on 25 February. More info here.

Turn Up The Volume: Expect gloomy reflections about
loss, facing your fears, and even the capitalist system, all
surrounded by multi-layered electronics, Depeche Mode
duskiness and wholehearted vocals.

Singles: Wish Yourself Away / Crossing Over

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– CROSSING OVER –


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Back cover…

OUI PLASTIQUE: Facebook – Instagram

COURTNEY BARNETT – IDLES – DAVE GAHAN & SOULSAVERS – FOSTER THE PEOPLE

Fpur new longplayers out today – 12 November 2021

Artist: COURTNEY BARNETT
Who: Standout singer/songwriter from down
under (33 years old) who already won tons of awards.

New album: THINGS TAKE TIME, TAKE TIME – 3rd LP

Pitchfork says: “The Australian singer-songwriter’s fourth album has
the directness of a collection of demos. Barnett sounds characteristically
laconic; she’s at her best when she lets her guitar take the lead.”

Key single

Full album on Spotify…

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COURTNEY BARNETT: Facebook
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Band: IDLES
Who: Passionate post-punks
from Bristol UK

New album: CRAWLER – 4th LP

NME says: “The Bristol band’s fourth album is a course correction,
one that dials down the aggression in favour of reflection. This appears
a stepping stone in the band’s evolution, rather than the finishing line.”

Key single

Full album on Spotify…

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IDLES: Facebook

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Band: DAVE GAHAN AND THE SOULSAVERS
Who: Side project of Depeche Mode’s frontman
that produced 2 studio albums so far.

New Album: IMPOSTER – covers LP

XS NOISE says: “With Imposter, Dave Gahan lets us hear what
influences him, and it’s clear these songs mean an awful lot to him.
He’s not an imposter, he’s the real thing.”

Key single (original by Cat Power)…

Full album on Spotify

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SOULSAVERS: Facebook

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Band: FOSTER THE PEOPLE
Who: Indie pop trio from Los Angeles who hit the
scene back in 2009 and released 3 albums so far.

New album: Deluxe 10-year Anniversary Edition
of their debut LP TORCHES

AllMusic says: “Burning with a hot track intensity somewhere
in between early evening rave-up and late-night club afterglow.”

Torches X in full on Spotify…

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FOSTER THE PEOPLE: Facebook

New RICHARD ASHCROFT Album – 12 Bittersweet Lockdown Symphonies For Your Candlelight Dinners

31 October 2021

Like many other artists during lockdown, the question for Richard Ashcroft was also “What I am gonna do with all this free time between four walls?” Most of them started to cover others (that trend never seems to stop), some continued making new music and some were counting their money and/or annoyed their families.

Ashcroft decided to re-dress 12 of his most famous songs (The Verve/solo) and released Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 this weekend. Acoustic? No, not really. Besides an acoustic guitar,
I hear piano, strings, synths, horns, and layers of harmonies. This album is actually about killing time by turning the selected tunes into bittersweet lockdown symphonies with smooth, elegant, and soothing arrangements.

I’m an Ashcroft fan, but I’ll go back to
the originals for my candlelight dinners.

Stream
album via Spotify…

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RICHARD ASHCROFT: Facebook

JOHNNY MARR Plans Double Album ‘FEVER DREAMS PTS 1-4’ For February Release

15 October 2021

Artist: JOHNNY MARR
Who: The former musical director
of indie icons The Smiths
Solo albums: 4 (including the new one)

New album: FEVER DREAMS PTS 1-4
Release: 25 February 2022 – more info here

Marr: “There’s a set of influences and a very broad sound that I’ve been
developing – really since getting out of The Smiths until now, and I hear
it in this record. There are so many strands of music in it. We didn’t do
that consciously, but I think I’ve got a vocabulary of sound. And I feel very
satisfied that I’ve been able to harness it.”

A few weeks ago he shared the LP’s first single
Spirit Power And Soul. A high-spirited and
glittery power pop stroke.

Here’s the video…

JOHNNY MARR: Facebook

4 Brand New ALBUMS: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – THE VACCINES – SLEIGH BELLS – METALLICA

Brand new longplayers…

The Ultra Vivid Lament by MANIC STREET PREACHERS

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Album: THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT
The Welsh rockers’ 14th longplayer

NME says: “The band delve into loss, insecurity and existential dread, resulting in some of the prettiest songs of their career… The record has its flaws, but in the end they are minor bumps
in a record of intense beauty, among the best of the Manics’ records this century.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Even after all these years, the Manics – one of my-all time favorite bands – do what they do terrifically best, writing adrenalin-fueled pop anthems that make your ears tremble the moment they stream out of your stereo speakers. I know, their slash-‘n’-burn punk edge of the early days is gone, and they pop more than they rock now, with sticking symphonic sparks, and they still tackle social issues/injustices – past and present – with a pointed knife. A band designed for life.

Stream here…

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MANICS: Facebook
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Band: SLEIGH BELLS
Album: TEXIS
The New York duo’s fifth full length

The Line Of Best Fit says: “TEXIS delivers everything that one could hope to find on a Sleigh Bells record: dance worthy beats, angelic vocals, and satisfying boisterousness. While TEXIS could have afforded more variability, it remains a testament to the act’s ability to express a range of emotions without killing the tempo.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Sleigh Bells combine half tunes, with half grooves, half beats and half booms, then throw the whole shebang in a bubbling electro bath. Don’t expect a Saturday Night Fever Party, but a rather Saturday Of Messed-Up Minds Madness. Actually, my messed-up cup of tea.

Stream here…


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SLEIGH BELLS: Facebook

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Band: METALLICA
Album: METALLICA BLACKLIST
What: A massive covers compilation called The Metallica Blacklist featuring
no less than 53 artists interpreting a Black Album song, the breakthrough LP
that celebrated its 30th last month.

Pitchfork writes: “There’s some great music on The Metallica Blacklist, but how great can
an album truly be if you can’t stomach listening to it in one sitting? The Black Album launched Metallica to superstardom because of its approachability, but in its attempts to offer something for everyone, Blacklist spreads itself too thin.”
Full review here. Score: 6/10.

Turn Up The Volume: 66 tracks, 5 hours and 56 minutes! No, thank you. Really too much for my ears. And, to be honest, I was never a devoted Metallica fan, but millions are, so there you go.

Stream here…

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METALLICA: Facebook

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Band: THE VACCINES
Album: BACK IN LOVE CITY
Fifth LP by the London indie rockers

DIY magazine‘s verdict: “The Vaccines allow their unashamed love for pop to soar
on ‘Back In Love City’. Against Justin’s increasingly interesting way with words, it feels
like the purest Vaccines album yet.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The one and only Vaccines album I frequently return to is their debut What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?. Its razor-sharp, no fillers all killers brilliance melted away along their long and winding road. Mind you, this new one has some big moments… but just not enough. Also, too much over-orchestrated bombast. Their first vaccine is still their most effective working in my book.

Stream here…

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THE VACCINES: Facebook

Sparkling Dream Pop Duo LIGHT BY THE SEA Releases Debut Album ‘ONLY DEATH MAKES ICONS’ Soon

4 September 2021

Band: LIGHT BY THE SEA
Who: The project is the lovechild of Eszter Anna Baumann
and Davy Knobel based in The Netherlands. Their music
consists of rock, avant-garde, and folk music elements with
a catchy pop vibe.

Influences: Dead Can Dance, U2, The Brian Jonestown Massacre,
Phil Collins, Clannad, Fleetwood Mac and The Dandy Warhols
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Debut album: ONLY DEATH MAKES ICONS

LBTS: “Writing this album together was the greatest musical adventure we could ever experience. Stuck in our apartment during lockdown, we were surrounding ourselves
with great icons in thought, who inspired our music and lyrics. We have been being nostalgic about the past, as the pandemic evoked a sort of obsession about the ‘good old times’ within
us. We think with a lot of people this has happened lately. Therefore we want you to dive into the forgotten sound with us and enjoy this musical ride together praising our eternal heroes. ‘Cause remember: only death can make icons, humans just play God. “

Expect spirited pop bliss, greatly orchestrated and richly layered, with Eszter
Anna Baumann
‘s glowing voice elevating the duo’s dream pop symphonies to
a sparkling altitude where icons in heaven can dance to it.

The promo trailer including new single A Transition In Time

The other three singles

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LIGHT BY THE SEA: Facebook

SMELLS LIKE NEW VINYL – Four New LPs Out Today

3 September 2021

Band: MEATBODIES
Who: Alt-rock group formed in 2013 in Monrovia,
California
by Chad Ubovich / 3 studio albums

New album: 333
Released: 3 September 2021 via In The Red

Chad Ubovich (frontman): “Here in America, we’re watching the fall
of U.S. capitalism, and 333 is a cartoonish representation of that decline.”

Turn Up The Volume: A wall-of-fuzzing-and-buzzing guitar rock.
No wonder Ubovich plays with the equally fuzzing and fuzzing Ty
Segall
 in one of the latter’s bands called, eh, Fuzz.

Stream
here…

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MEATBODIES: Facebook

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Band: SUUNS
Who: Psych Krautrockers from Montreal, Canada
Active: Since 2007 / 5 studio albums

New album: THE WITNESS
Released: 3 September 2021 – order info here

Loud and Quiet Magazine says: “Listening on headphones, especially, heightens
the many intricacies and textures permeating the record. In particular, the twinkling
chimes and glimmering guitars punctuating ‘The Fix’ are all the more rewarding when consumed with no external distractions.”
Full review here.

Turn Up The Volume: For (only) 37 minutes, Suuns infiltrates your ears for
a relaxing electro pop trip with soothing effect. Not their best, but grows on
you after a couple of spins.

Stream here…


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SUUNS: Facebook
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Band: IMAGINE DRAGONS
Who: Famous pop/rock quartet from Las Vegas, Nevada
Active since 2008 / 5 studio LPs so far

New album: MERCURY – ACT 1
Released: 3 September 2021
Order info: here

USA Today says: “It’s a cohesive expression of celebration and mourning,
of affirmations and struggles, all packaged with newfound candor.”
Full review here.

Turn Up The Volume: Vegas’ synth pop darlings move as a roller coaster
on this new one. From sensitive to aggressive, from brisk to feverish.

Stream here…

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IMAGINE DRAGONS: Facebook

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Band: TONER
Who: Indie rockers from Oakland, California

New album: WHITE BUFFALO ROAM
The group’s 3rd LP – order info: here

Turn Up The Volume: Classify this amplified-guitar-extravaganza
longplayer somewhere between your Dinosaur Jr. and your Pavement
LPs and your cracking Nirvana bootlegs.

Stream here…

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TONER: Facebook

STEELY DAN Do It Again With New Live Albums

27 July 2021

Band: STEELY DAN (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)
Who: Donald Fagen (age 73) and the late Walter Becker
(20 February 1950 – 3 September 2017)

Active (as a duo): 1971–1981, 1993–2017 / 9 albums

When his musical companion passed away Fagen promised to
“keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the
Steely Dan band.”

New live albums: Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live!
and The Nightfly Live (Donald Fagen’s 1982 debut solo LP)

Out: CD & Digital on 24 September and 180g-vinyl on 1 October

Order info: here

The Steely Dan Band will take
the road again in the Fall. Dates here

Donald Fagen‘s 1982 solo LP
The Nightfly

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STEELY DAN: Facebook