A Year Ago Synth Pop Act TURQUOISE Released Their Sparkling And Sheeny Debut EP – Let’s Enjoy Again

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21 May 2020

Brussels-based synth-pop outfit TURQUOISE, led by charismatic frontwoman and sensual vox Sarah Boom, hit the scene last year when they released their sheeny self-titled 4-track debut EP.

An effervescent cocktail of starry-eyed synth-scapes, electrifying vibrations, exquisite melodiousness, and sensual French vocals. A glistening achievement with four seductive sparks. So let’s escape this lockdown reality for a while, track-by-track…

1. MIRROIR
The flourishing opener, that will make your heartbeat jump for joy, has the dancey dynamics of 80s British duo Erasure, a Sisters Of Mercy drumbeat, and resonates
vocally like legendary French singer/actress Jane Birkin. Beatific score.


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2. MIRADOR
A reflective and atmospheric Cocteau Twins soundscape colored with blissful synths
and glimmering guitar touches turning this sweet little pearl into an uplifting happening.


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3. CHAT NOIR
Fizzing with a darkish twilight poppiness. Like early Slowdive moodiness fused
with illuminating The Cure guitar sequences and seductive vocals bringing
60s pin-up chanteuse Françoise Hardy to mind. Magnifique!.


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4. PARABOLE
A ravishing combination of vocal Vive La Fête sensuality and enthralling New Order
guitar electricity turning this multi-layered humdinger into my favorite piece. Top!


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EP in full on Spotify

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TURQUOISE: Facebook


(photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

Artists That Influenced The Sparkling Debut EP By Belgian Synth Pop Act TURQUOISE…

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18 May 2019

A couple of weeks ago Turn Up The Volume got really charmed by the tantalizing, self-titled 4-track debut EP by Brussels-based synth-pop quartet TURQUOISE, led by the sensuous vox of Sarah Boom. Their sonic influences come from several decades and several artists, but the musical excellence and strength of this foursome lays in the seemingly simple, yet extremely difficult talent and inventiveness of writing alluring and fetching songs, creating infectious tunes that make hearts and souls glow, that put a smile on people’s faces.

Last Thursday I saw the band perform live for the first time. In my hometown Ghent they showed with flair that they’re not just a studio exploring project, but an ambitious team of musicians that aims to take their electronic musings to another vivid level than on record once they step up a podium. And they succeeded tremendously well with old, present and new work.

It triggered me afterward to listen to the fresh EP and the artists that influenced
its four cuts another couple of times and share my aural impressions right here…

1. MIRROIR
The flourishing opener that will make your heartbeat jump for joy has the dancey dynamics of 80s British duo Erasure, a Sisters Of Mercy drumbeat and resonates
vocally like legendary French singer/actress Jane Birkin. Beatific score.


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2. MIRADOR
A reflective and starry-eyed, atmospheric Cocteau Twins soundscape colored
with blissful synths and glimmering guitar touches turning this sweet little pearl
into an uplifting happening.


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3. CHAT NOIR
Sparkling, yet some darkish twilight poppiness. Like early Slowdive moodiness fused
with illuminating The Cure guitar sequences and seductive vocals bringing 60s pin-up chanteuse Françoise Hardy to mind. Magnifique!.


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4. PARABOLE
A ravishing combination of vocal Vive La Fête sensuality and enthralling New Order
guitar electricity turning this multi-layered humdinger into my favorite piece. Top!


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Picture this
Kinky Star, Ghent, 16 May…


Electr-o-fying waves


Amplified pop dynamics


Angelic voice


Setlist

TURQUOISE: Facebook – Debut EP available on Bandcamp

(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Eleven Knockout Tracks For APRIL 2019…

This past month’s best…

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Eleven Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A tasty cocktail of rollicking rippers and first-rate cuts.
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout April Team!

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1. ‘Blah Blah Blah’ by MEMES (Glasgow, Scotland)
The spirit of The Fall’s debut EP Bingo-Master’s Break-Out!. Ramshackle racket!…

2. ‘Covered In Filth’ by THE MEDICINE DOLLS (Capetown, South Africa)
Raw rollicking rockabilly riffs with waggish bubblegum ooh-la-la’s. Filthy score!

3. ‘Don’t’ by MILLIONAIRE (Belgium)
An ominous funky smack fueled by a mighty disco stomp. Hell yeah!…

4. ‘Candy’ by FALLING MAN (Belgium)
An enigmatic painkiller for spooky midnight hours. It will keep you sane. Maybe…

5. ‘Stay Where You Stand’ by THE RINGARDS (London, UK)
Jangly guitars, ace pace, poppy synths and a scream/sing/hum along chorus. Top!

6. ‘The Way In’ by THE DREAM SYNDICATE (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Electrifying psych piece from the band’s new upcoming album ‘These Times

7. ‘Hey’ Gyp (Dig The Slowness) by THE RACONTEURS (US)
Jack White & buddies back with gloriously messy Donovan cover…

8. ‘6.30‘ by SUPER PARADISE (London,UK)
When blitzkrieg guitars, echoing vocals and flashy synths meet. A bang-up roller coaster!

9. ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ by PETER DOHERTY & THE PUTA MADRES (UK)
Snappy garage stomper with sharp-edged guitar licks and Doherty‘s characteristic vox…

10. ‘Prozac Spaceman’ by FAUX CO. (Chicago, US)
This delightful humdinger will dance in your head for some time after one spin…

11. ‘Parabole’ by TURQUOISE (Bruxelles, Belgique)
Sensuous French vocals, glimmering guitars and New Order‘s blue dynamics. Magnifique!…

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Belgian Synth Pop Outfit TURQUOISE Spreads Sparks On Splendid Self-Titled Debut EP…

Making noise for up and coming artists

10 April 2019

Band: TURQUOISE

Who: Synth pop quartet from Brussels, led by dreamy vox Sarah Boom, producing
music “from 70’s beaches to 80’s shores (Durutti Column, The Chameleons, Cleaners from Venus), through the sirens’ songs, with their ethereal and hazy voices, and hours of listening
to Broadcast, Cocteau Twins or Slowdive as an inspiration.”

Release: self-titled 4-track debut EP – out now and available on Bandcamp
and streamable via Spotify

Score: Four different tracks, four different moods, four different trips. From the bouncy and flourishing opener MIRROIR that will make your heartbeat jump for joy, to the more reflective sentiment of MIRADOR, before getting to the sparkling, yet darksome twilight poppiness of CHAT NOIR and closing with my favorite track PARABOLE, an exhilarating electro pearl fueled with fabulous guitar play that causes goosebumps along its ravishing way. This 4-stage journey is a splendid cocktail of dreamy ingredients, from New Order‘s blue dynamics to Cocteau Twins‘ transcendent melodiousness. And as we all know that French is probably the sexiest language in the world you will be thrilled to start your electronic odyssey right now, right here…


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TURQUOISE: Facebook

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 38…

A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven fervid strokes I played on repeat these past days
Seven first-class tracks to feed body & soul all week long
Turn up the volume! Music is the dope! Here’s the stuff!


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1/ ‘Fantasy Kid’ by SYRINGE (Denmark)
A one man army from Northern Europe producing more decibels than Spacemen 3. This slashing corker injected with venomous vocals will help you to crush your ugly demons.
Syringe
SYRINGE: Facebook – Label: Lush Records

2/ ‘Queer Fatwa’ by SWEATY PALMS (Glasgow, Scotland)
Unstoppable Scottish 4-piece turbo with a deranged garage crackerjack. A smoking bolide fueled with agitated vocals & squeaky guitars and threatening to explode any second. Ace!
SweatyPalms
SWEATY PALMS: Facebook – Label: RIP Records (photo by: Aidan O’mara)

3/’What They Said’ by SILK ‘N’ OAK (Brisbane, Australia)
Imagine Mumford & Sons and Beirut having the time of their lives together. Yes, that’s how they would sound. Impassioned, irresistibly catchy and fervent. Swirling and fiery score!…
SilNOak
SILK ‘N’ OAK: Website – Facebook – Twitter

4/ ‘Aloof’ by BOKITO (London/Ireland)
After a short, kind of Sigur Ros intro it’s party time all the way. This vibrant belter will make you dance instantly with an exotic cocktail in each hand. Tropical vibes for body and soul!…
Bokito
BOKITO: Facebook – Twitter

5/ ‘Wish’ by BATTERY POINT (Chula Vista, California)
Dazzling indie pop electricity colored with delightful harmonies and glimmering guitars.
An exultant and dreamy dandy from their latest 3-track EP ‘Star‘ – here on Bandcamp
BatteryPoint
BATTERY POINT: Facebook – Bandcamp – Twitter

6/ ‘Derrick’ by TURQUOISE (Brussels, Belgium)
Sounds like Ennio Morricone going electro. Discover this cinematic and atmospheric synth beauty generating a relaxing feeling while you close your eyes and you float away. Blissful!
Turquoise
TURQUOISE: Facebook –  Twitter (artwork by David Delruelle)

7/ ‘Beggars Belief’ by THE CULT COLLECTIVE (Birmingham/Coventry, UK)
A gripping and captivating ballad with anthemic Britpop allure. Sounds like the Gallagher brothers finally are back together, with another name as camouflage. Magnificent stroke!…
CC
THE CULT COLLECTIVE: Facebook – Twitter

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See/hear you next week, music junkies…