Turn Up The Volume’s 20 BEST BALLADS OF 2022

Best heart-and-soul touching reveries of 2022

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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.

Tune in here…

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NICHOLAS ROWE – American Singer/Songwriter Looking For Beauty In Anything On His New EP…

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NICHOLAS ROWE is a singer-songwriter from Columbus, Ohio. A self-proclaimed narcissist crippled with self-doubt who started out as a rocker but got into songwriting after hearing legend Bob Dylan‘s 1975 masterpiece Blood On The Tracks. From then on he focused completely on telling and singing compelling stories about life, about being human, about having emotions, even though his friends perceive him as an insensitive robot. But, only ROWE knows what really is going on inside him: “This, of course, is far from true. The reality is that emotionally things tend to register for me a little too late, at the end of the day or once the fight is over. So the proverbial weight doesn’t really hit until the girl is already gone and it’s too late to say goodbye. Or whatever. “ He likes to explore the tension between who we are and who we want to be on his own and translate his observations into heart & soul songs.

The loner just released his brand new, third, EP titled EVERYTHING HAS BEAUTY. Six songs, mostly “about coming to grips in some way with hard truths about either yourself
or others, and how that shapes the way you see the world as a whole. If there is anything that
I hoped would bind these songs together it would be a sense of honesty and vulnerability. My hope is that the title – ‘Everything Has Beauty’ – feels like a common theme as well. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to see. But it’s there.”
says the author. Sit down, relax and experience beauty here. From folk to country. From moody ballads to hopeful musings. Somewhere between Conor Oberst and Mark Eitzel. All performed with a striking voice…


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