Singer/Songwriter FAY LAMOUR Seduces With Opening Track ‘ROOM 853’ From Her New EP…

Relaxing vibes for the laziest day of the week…

17 February 2019

FAY LAMOUR is a solo singer/songwriter/pianist from Cape Town, South Africa. She just released a new 4-track EP, titled FORTY SECOND STREET with opener ROOM 853 being Turn Up The Volume‘s favourite track. A bluesy love song notable for its musical richness,
its jazzy feel and last but not least Lamour‘s enticing vox. Music for lonely late nights, music for moody moments. Capture the intimate vibe right here…


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FAY LAMOUR: Facebook


FORTY SECOND STREET – EP out now – Stream/purchase on Bandcamp or Amazon

Toronto’s ZINNIA Stirs With Heartfelt Musing ‘LUPINS’…

Relaxing vibes for the laziest day of the week…

10 February 2019


(Photo by Morgane Milesi / Design by Jon Cardiello)

Band: ZINNIA

Who: A Toronto-based art-pop project of Rachael Cardiello producing “velvety, 80s-inspired layered synth and driving beats and bringing an explosive range to Cardiello’s writing, equal parts intimate and fierce”.

Track: LUPINS – “A tribute to the search for softness and compassion in the face of struggle. Pulled from the wreckage of realizing not all pain can be healed. With vulnerability comes a deep fragility.”

Score: ‘Lupins‘ is a heartfelt and stirring musing. The bewitching combination of glistening synths, poetic guitars, romantic orchestration and Cardiello‘s gripping and delicate voice is so dreamlike and relieving. A sensibility that makes me think of the emotive atmospherics of Mazzy Starr and The Sundays. Capture the vulnerable mood right here…


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ZINNIA: Facebook

London’s Daydreamers HEAVY HEART Back With Sombre Love Song ‘BED BUG’…

Relaxing vibes for the laziest day of the week…

3 February 2019


(photo: Chiara Ceccaioni)

After their melancholic 2017 debut album Keepsake London’s romantic pop foursome HEAVY HEART led by brooding vox Anna Vincent return with the first of three singles to be released over the coming months. BED BUG is a mixed emotions love song reminding me, in tonality and intimacy, of Tanya Donnelly‘s ruminative moments with Belly. Sensitive, emotion-charge, delicate and confused. Capture the bluesy feel right here…


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HEAVY HEART: Facebook

Toronto’s RUNNING RED LIGHTS Look Back – Here’s New Affectional Single ‘CALLS OF PRUDENCE’…

Relaxing vibes for the laziest day of the week…

27 January 2019

Toronto’s quartet RUNNING RED LIGHTS, centred around the duo of vocalist/guitarist Scarlett Flynn and drummer/guitarist Kevin Howley have an idyllic new single out called CALLS OF PRUDENCE. A delicate, affectional and nostalgic musing written by Flynn. Its romantic, retrospect feel and gripping vocals will make your thoughts drift away to your
own past. Also the overall soulful tone and the saxophone sequence create a Sade like
tenderness with a touch of Portishead‘s moodiest moments. Evocative accomplishment.

“It was penned during a moment where I felt myself longing for the vibrancy of youth, the thrill of experiencing things for the first time. One day, I was feeling particularly nostalgic and found myself reflecting on the days when I was young and could get blissfully drunk without having anyone or anything to answer to, without regard for the time that I was wasting” says Flynn.

Catch the heartwarming beauty right here…

RUNNING RED LIGHTS: Facebook – Instagram


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Singer/Songwriter Globetrotter M.REXEN Whispers Intimately On New Single ‘RED HOT FIRE’…

Soulful reveries for the laziest day of the week…

20 January 2019

Artist: M.REXEN

Who: “A globetrotter in inner and outer space, M. Rexen was born in the United Arab Emirates and is now living at some unknown location in Denmark. He writes his music without feeling confined by conventions, and his genre is a manifestation of the meeting of experimental,
tribal and commercial. In October 2018 the singer released his debut album, ‘An Endless Sea of Honey’, as the first part of the trilogy ‘The United Kingdom’. The second part will be released in March 2019.”

Track: RED HOT FIRE – the first track from the upcoming, 2nd LP
from ‘The United Kingdom‘ trilogy

Score: Here’s an intimate whisper with an enigmatic touch of magic that connects easily with your heart, your soul and your imagination. The female harmonies add a sensuous tonality you heard frequently on Leonard Cohen‘s ballads. Alo this silent beauty reminds me of the darkest moments of Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the vulnerable sentiments of the late great Sparklehorse‘s frontman Mark Linkous. Mysterious, appealing and poetic. Catch the contemplative mood here…

M. REXEN: Facebook

CHRISY HURN’s Touching Voice Of Canadian Outfit BASEMENT REVOLVER Will Make You Silent…

Relaxing musings for the laziest day of the week…

9 December 2018

Canadian three-piece BASEMENT REVOLVER led by heartwarming singer/songwriter Chrisy Hurn released their emotive debut LP Heavy Eyes last Augustus with KNOCKING as one of the standout tracks. Hurn‘s breathtaking voice on this marvelous song’s live rendition will make you silent. Sheer splendor…

BASEMENT REVOLVER: Website – Facebook  

THE MOONLANDINGZ With Lipstick Murder Ballad ‘THE STRANGLE OF ANNA’…

Sensitive moments for the laziest day of the week…

Last year Sheffield‘s outsiders collective THE MOONLANDINGZ led by Fat White Family frontman Lias Kaci Saoudi released their buzzing electro pop rock debut LP Interplanetary Class Classics. One of the most striking tracks on the record is the Nick Cave-like murder ballad THE STRANGLE OF ANNA featuring the wonderful Rebecca Lucy Taylor. Sit back, relax, pretend you’re Lou Reed, have yourself an egg and some lipstick to play with…

I made you listen to Sunday morning
You spread it out across the parquet flooring
Let it rain
Let it rain
Let it rain till it’s pouring
Till the sun shines brown

I’m sick of sucking on
The smoke of the past
But you know my hands are ties
And stuck fast

The Strangle of Anna’s got me unwell
The Strangle of Anna’s got me unwell
The Strangle of Anna’s c’est la vie ma belle

You think you’re Lou Reed but you’re never trending
Hashtag my arsehole to your cliched ending
It’s all the same, all the same
It’s all the same that you’re sending
Can’t put a dead dog down

No longer smoking on
The smoke of the past
Now my hands are untied
At last

THE MOONLANDINGZ: Facebook


(pic by Turn Up The Volume! Amsterdam, 2017)

Here Come Toronto’s FAVOURS With Technicolor Daydream ‘STOWAWAY’…

Sensitive moments for the laziest day of the week…

4 November 2018

From Toronto, Ontario here’s alluring pop outfit FAVOURS with new single ‘STOWAWAY‘.
A song about “the longing for something better during the ebb and flow of a relationship, the urge to escape and live only in the sunny moments.” It’s a sensitive, melodious rainbow with affectionate, harmonious male/female vocals, colorful electronics and twinkling guitars creating a sonic cocoon you want to hide in for a while in moments of mood swings. The accompanying clip, a technicolor beauty, was filmed during a rainy fall day across multiple locations in the suburbs of Toronto and fits the song’s romantic tone just perfectly. Enjoy here…

FAVOURS: Facebook – Instagram –  Twitter

Texans COATTAILS With Amplified Lullaby ‘CLOCKS & KNIFES’ From New EP…

Sensitive moments for the laziest day of the week…

28 October 2018

COATTAILS formed back in early 2013 in Austin, Texas. The quartet released its self-titled debut LP two years ago and is about to launch a follow-up EP, entitled ‘Imaginary Friends’ on 9 November. Here’s one of the tracks. CLOCKS & KNIVES is a sepia colored lullaby centered around that nostalgic kind of warmhearted melodies that were played on jukeboxes in cozy bars back in the sixties. Frolicsome piano play, emotive tunefulness
and reflective vocals. It’s the electrically charged chorus and a captivating guitar solo somewhere in the middle that reminds us that it’s actually 2018 rather than 1966. This
is tender music with a healing force, therefore timeless. Catch the touching elegance
right here…

COATTAILS: Facebook Website

MODERN ADVENTURES – Melancholic Romanticism On New Single ‘CATCH ME’…

Sensitive moments for the laziest day of the week…

21 October 2018


(photo: Nick Heikkila)

From Battle Creek/Kalamazoo, Michigan here are four best friends calling themselves MODERN ADVENTURES. On new single CATCH ME they create that melancholic and romantic feeling everybody experienced at least once in his/her life. Tender guitars, soothing vocals and the overall laid-back pace turn this amorous muse into a sweet
drift away reverie with a Kurt Vile touch. Capture the radiant mood here…

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MODERN ADVENTURES: Facebook