Influential Webzine STEREOGUM Reveals Best Albums Of 2021

1. ‘I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE’ by THE WAR ON DRUGS (Dream pop)

Arriving to the highest levels of anticipation in the War On Drugs’ career, I Don’t Live Here Anymore showed up — right on time, in autumn — and exceeded already stratospheric expectations.

Stream here…

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2. ‘VALENTINE’ by SNAIL MAIL (Power pop)

“Valentine is a document of a love gained and lost, and
all the second chances squandered along the way.”

Stream here…

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3. ‘GLOW ON’ by TURNSTILE (Post-punk-core)

“Turnstile have kept the reckless physical abandon of their early records, polished their gleaming-chrome hooks, and cranked out a half-hour barrage of joyous positivity,
where even the experimental left turns hit hard.”

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4. ‘HEY WHAT’ by LOW (Alt psych rock)

“Low’s third collaboration with BJ Burton, HEY WHAT continues where 2018’s Double Negative left off, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker grappling with dire times by making damaged, celestial music.”

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5. ‘JUBILEE’ by JAPANESE BREAKFAST (Dream pop)

“Jubilee is a vibrant, orchestral dream-pop record, drawing
aesthetic influence from a host of classic indie greats.”

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6. ‘DEACON’ by serpentwithfeet (Psychedelic soul)

“If it’s possible to get high on intimacy, then Deacon is a classic of psychedelic soul.”

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7. ‘SUPERWOLVES’ by MATT SWEENEY and BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY (Singer-songwriters)

“Somehow, they topped their 2005 collaboration Superwolf with these
deeply moving reflections on grief, romance, and familial love.”

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8. ‘IGNORANCE’ by THE WEATHER STATION (Dream pop)

“With Ignorance, Tamara Lindeman’s made her biggest statement yet, without
losing the aching human core that defines the Weather Station’s music.”

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9. ‘HALL OF FAME’ by POLO G

“It can’t be easy to convey emotional rawness in the context of an ultra-commercial
rap record, but Polo’s writerly grace and hypnotic hooks are up to the task.”

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10. ‘AN OVERVIEW ON PHENOMENAL NATURE’ by CASSANDRA JENKINS

“The album does indeed feel like some potent encapsulation of
the entirety of this fantastical, dreadful world we all live in.”

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The Full TOP 50 list HERE

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THE WAR ON DRUGS Sparkle On American TV

The by now world famous THE WAR ON DRUGS released their highly praised
fifth album I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE at the end of last month.

Pitchfork said: “Every musical element from vintage synthesizers to even-more
vintage guitars is honed and cut clean, chipping off some of the hazier edges of
the band without losing the methodical and gorgeous production that Granduciel
and his co-producer, Shawn Everett, have mastered.”
Score: 8.5.

As usual, when a new album comes out it’s followed by all kinds of promo (TV/interviews/gigs). Same process for The War On Drugs who played on the
American TV Show Jimmy Kimmel Late two days ago, playing a sparkling version
of the LP’s title track…

Full LP on Spotify…

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TWOD: Facebook

Another Triumph For ADAM GRANDUCIEL And THE WAR ON DRUGS With 4th LP

29 October 2021

Band: THE WAR ON DRUGS (Philadelphia)
Adam Granduciel‘s highly successful band
Active: Since 2005 / 4 studio albums

New album: I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
Info: “An uncommon rock album about one of
our most common but daunting processes,
resilience in the face of despair.”

Released: 29 October 2021
Order info: here

NME says: “It’s a soul-stirring epic. Frontman Adam Granduciel has never bought
into the mythology that comes with rock stardom, but this is a triumphant ode to his
genre… Some lose sight of their heart and soul on the route to global stardom, others
take it in their stride. Granduciel recently told NME that “music should be filled with
wonder”, and there’s magic everywhere you look on this triumph of an album.”

Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: I never thought The War On Drugs would have become
the megaband they’re now. But I can understand why. Adam Granduciel is a
master when it comes to writing accessible guitar pop tunes about life in all its
facets. His heart and soul touching mix of romanticism, moodiness, and spirituality
appeals to millions. Respect! And it helps when you’re the opposite of a spoiled
rock star.

Singles: I Don’t Live Here Anymore / Change / Living Proof

– I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE –

– CHANGE –

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– LIVING PROOF –

Stream full album on Spotify…

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THE WAR ON DRUGS: Facebook

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – SEPTEMBER 2021

Turn Up The Volume‘s 20 Knockout Tracks for September 2021!
A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams and romantic reveries.

All together on Spotify…

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Track by Track…

‘Hertz’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)

Blustering blast from their second smoking LP Comfort To Me
with punked-up Amyl, as we know her, on an adrenalin rush.

Join her wild ride…

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‘Queen Of Swords’ by TYPHOID ROSIE (Brooklyn, New York)

Rousing Riot grrrl Rosie Rebel and her riff-racing rascals go full steam ahead on
the tense title track of their smoking new album. If you want to know more about this lively gang check the recent interview Rosie Rebel did with Turn Up The Volume right here.

Start your own moshpit…


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‘Leave Me Dry’ by ILA (Belgium)

With this new standout, ILA reveals a total turnover in resonance. She rocks, raves, and rolls backed by steamy wall-of-towering turbulence. Mind you, the heartfelt fervency, personal turmoil and vocal vehemence are still intact. Can’t wait to find out if this is actually another page in her magical music book.

Turn it up…

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‘I Know You Know’ by LORE CITY (Portland, Oregon)

A highlight of Participation Mystique, the fourth longplayer by this most thrilling duo with Laura Mariposa Williams‘ bewitching voice as the heroine. Her psychedelic, gothic,
far-out, and at times wailing timbre magnetizes and hypnotizes while wandering in an orchestral space. Learn more about these intriguing artists in their recent interview
with Turn Up The Volume.

Discover and enjoy…


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‘Spirit Power And Soul’ by JOHNNY MARR (Manchester, UK)

“It’s a kind of mission statement. I had an idea about in electro sound
with gospel feeling. In my own words, an electro soul anthem.”

It’s a pithy psych jam, with spirit, power, and soul of course.

Here comes Johnny…

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‘The Aftermath’ by BEECH (Belgium)

This Belgian quartet brings Scottish daydreamers Teenage Fanclub to mind. Combine this with the band’s slacker rock sensibility and jingle-jangle jives and what you get is a tingling tune. It’s called pop-ular music.

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‘My Drug’ by DAILY WORKER (Austin, Texas)

The alter ego of Texan prize-winning poet and guitarist Harold Whit Williams.

This is a sickly sticky dope tune, one that makes me smile from left to right
and back. One shot of this, and you’ll jump around the room like a kangaroo
on speed.

Feel the vibrant vibe…

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‘Sometime’ by THE HIGH LOVES (Toronto, Canada)

This has everything a perky pop pearl needs. Play it in the morning, in the evening and every hour in between and at the end of the day you feel so much better and most of all it’s a truly helpful way to process a breakup. So much cheaper than therapy.

Press play to change your mood…

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‘Regrets’ by TIDAL WAVE (Toronto, Canada)

Regrets floats on layers of shoegaze guitars and fervid vocals while growing to an engrossing level of electrifying epicness when the glowing chorus kicks in. Trust me,
a couple of spins and you’re addicted. Fact!

Here’s why…

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‘Medicate + Alleviate’ by LIONS OF DISSENT (Wolverhampton, UK)

The fever of The Verve‘s urban hymns, the sassy swagger of Oasis in slo-mo
with 60s organs and the fervent flair of 90s Britpop. The final result is obvious.
A bittersweet blistering symphony. Touchdown!


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‘Young Foxes’ by ULTRA SUNN (Brussels, Belgium)

The darkwave tandem is on depeche modus with this shadow-dancing single from their brand new, second EP Body Electric. Expect booming beats, doomed drones, eerie vocals, and a repetitive bass synth riff that sticks as first-rate glue. A club cracker!

Put your black leather jacket on and shake your booty…

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‘Big Boy Games’ by TEROUZ (Montreal, Canada)

This riveting ripper starts with a mid-tempo drum-driven intro, gliding quickly into
a swing and sway your hips chorus, followed by a moment of reflection. The whole
process repeats itself and gets slowly but surely under your skin. You’ll love every
second of this electro roller coaster.

Here‘s why…

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‘I Miss It’ by JODIE LANGFORD (Hull / East Yorkshire, UK)

This young, outspoken, and observative artist – a female Mike Skinner – reflects the dreadful freedom-restricting sentiments of the past lockdown times in her new word rap waterfall jam. An intoxicating and groovetastic house stomper making you euphoric now that you can freak out again in nightclubs.

Hip, hop and pop this way…

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‘It’s Fine’ by BLACKOUT ORCHESTRA (UK)

“It’s Fine” examines themes of jealousy and insecurity in open relationships.”

Not an easy issue to write a song about, but embedded in an ebullient earworm like
this, it’s fine. Impossible to resist this tremendously infectious corker spinning around like forever inviting you to pirouette yourself dizzy while duet vocals push the pace. No pause, no breathing space, no interval, always straight on.

One spin and you’re hooked…

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‘Wytch Lych’ by VAZUM (Detroit, MI)

Sonically this surreal saga wouldn’t be out of place on a Gary Numan album. Lyrically it’s like an ode to the unknown eternity. In my imagination Wytch Lych resonates like a funeral hymn, celebrating the imperishability of the soul. Stunning vocals, striking synth shadows, and an overall spellbinding impressiveness. Top stuff!


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‘Case History’ by LOSSLINE (Manchester, UK)

When I listened to this new little pearl on Spotify for the first time, it was followed
by the title track of the upcoming LP of The War On Drugs. I swear I thought that
it was another Lossline song. It was that melancholic guitar glow that confused
my ears. It wasn’t until Adam Granduciel‘s voice came up that I knew it wasn’t
the Manchester duo.

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‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ by THE WAR ON DRUGS (Philadelphia)

See track above. The moony title track of the new upcoming album, out 29 October.

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‘Lights In The Expanse Of The Sky’ by DREW FIVE (London)

Close your eyes, relax and imagine you’re floating into space where Spiritualized‘s mastermind Jason Pierce lives while playing this hallucinatory ambient trip on your headphones.

The sky is the limit…


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‘Freedom’ by CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS (France)

French songstress Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier returns with two new songs,
with this one as my favorite. A slow-burning and emotive humdinger with
a gospel-like choir.

Enrapturing…

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‘Sunday Morning’ by MICHAEL STIPE (US)

Last Friday ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror – A Tribute To The Velvet Underground’
came out with a cast of big names honoring the iconic band’s 1967 debut LP.

It’s impossible to top the classic original Sunday Morning (sung by Lou Reed)
but Michael Stipe‘s is pretty impressive.

Have a listen…

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

THE WAR ON DRUGS Reveal The Title Track Of Their New Upcoming Album ‘I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE’

New sonic impulses

15 September 2021

Artist: THE WAR ON DRUGS (Philadelphia)
Band of singer-songwriter
Adam Granduciel

Active: Since 2005 / 4 studio albums (so far) with
A Deeper Understanding as the most recent one,
already 4 years ago.

New album: I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
Info: “An uncommon rock album about one of
our most common but daunting processes,
resilience in the face of despair.”

Release: 29 October 2021
Order info: here

New single: I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
The second taster after lead track Living Proof

Another glowing guitar-pop gem, featuring the starry
voice of Lucius, sounding like so many times before
as a melancholic symphony.

Listen/watch here…

THE WAR ON DRUGS: Facebook

Coming Soon… New Album By THE WAR ON DRUGS

15 August 2021

Artist: THE WAR ON DRUGS (Philadelphia)
Adam Granduciel‘s highly successful band.

Active: Since 2005 / 4 studio albums (so far) with
A Deeper Understanding as the most recent one,
already 4 years ago.

New album: I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
Info: “An uncommon rock album about one
of our most common but daunting processes,
resilience in the face of despair.”

Release: 29 October 2021
Order info: here

Lead single

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TRACKLIST

01. “Living Proof”
02. “Harmonia’s Dream”
03.“Change”
04. “I Don’t Wanna Wait”
05. “Victim”
06. “I Don’t Live Here Anymore”
07. “Old Skin”
08. “Wasted”
09. “Rings Around My Father’s Eyes”
10. “Occasional Rain”

THE WAR ON DRUGS: Facebook

The Long-Awaited Return Of THE WAR ON DRUGS – New Album, New Single

20 July 2021

Artist: THE WAR ON DRUGS (Philadelphia)
Adam Granduciel‘s highly successful band

Active: Since 2005 / 4 studio albums (so far) with
A Deeper Understanding as the most recent one,
already 4 years ago.

New album: I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
Info: “An uncommon rock album about one of
our most common but daunting processes,
resilience in the face of despair.”

Release: 29 October 2021
Order info: here

New single: LIVING PROOF

Vintage Granduciel. A sensitive piano and
weeping guitar ballad. A sweet soft lullaby.

Enjoy here…

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Also on Spotify

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TRACKLIST

01. “Living Proof”
02. “Harmonia’s Dream”
03.“Change”
04. “I Don’t Wanna Wait”
05. “Victim”
06. “I Don’t Live Here Anymore”
07. “Old Skin”
08. “Wasted”
09. “Rings Around My Father’s Eyes”
10. “Occasional Rain”

THE WAR ON DRUGS: Facebook