2022: A Space Odyssey – Forget Reality With New Mind-Relaxing Electronic Album ‘THE EMPIRE OF THE FOUR MOONS’

20 September 2022

The story of The Empire of the Four Moons is a novel by German author Enko Landmann. It’s regarded as a classic of utopian literature and the struggle of the conglomerate of the 4 Moons for a future-oriented autonomy against a rundown decadence of the Reflectors of Bycicl could be regarded as common property
in the cultural memory of Europe.

German record label Gruselthon, a label for exceptional music on progressive recording media invited electronic orientated musicians to translate Enko Landmann’s “Empire of the Four Moons” into music.

The label describes the CD as: “Modern electronic music created
for the modern music lovers of our nuclear age.

Expect a mind-relaxing trip into space with instrumental synth-symphonic compositions
by Boston duo Violet Nox, psych-folk-instrumental duo from Charlottesville/Columbus(US) Heron & Crane, German musician Verhülsdonk, and DJ/electro-music-maker Dispess. Maybe this 2022 c Space Odyssey will inspire Pink Floyd to reunite and make a new milestone record, named ‘The Dark Side Of The Four Moons.’

Dim the lights, sit down, relax,
and forget reality for a while.

Stream/buy here…

VIOLET NOX – Boston’s Space Cowboys Shared Psychedelic Pink Floyd-esque Video For ‘MAGNETAR’

30 July 2022

Act: VIOLET NOX
Who: Experimental electro duo, Dez DeCarlo and
Andrew Abrahamson
, from Boston who collaborates
frequently with other artists.

Last April the Boston space cowboys released their notable
5- track EP ERIS WAKES. It was named ‘EP Of The Week’ here
on Turn Up The Volume. You can read the here.

To keep the momentum going the synth tandem has a new
video out for the EP piece Magnetar. Think of British trip-hop
explorers Portishead and Massive Attack.

The video reminds me of a Pink Floyd documentary showing the legends
in their early days playing with eye-puzzling psychedelic LSD inspired
visuals on a big screen behind their backs.

Discover the bright side of the moon here…

VIOLET NOX: Facebook

TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 25 Best Tracks Of 2022… So Far

Time flies. Oh yes, we already have six months of 2022 behind us.

Mad summer parties are just around the corner. And here’s the perfect
loud/quiet soundtrack… Turn Up The Volume’s 25 best tracks of 2022,
so far!

ALL TOGETHER on Spotify…

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1. I’ll Make You See God’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS

The by now legendary passion rockers from Cincinnati, Ohio with mastermind Greg Dulli leading the troops have their new longplayer How Do You Burn? out on 9 September.

This lead single is a sturdy steamroller, a red-hot-heated ripsnorter, an unstoppable cannonball going everywhere fast. Manic blitzkrieg guitars, ruthless drum/bass attacks, Greg Dulli‘s rush of blood vocality, and a brutal finish. Flabbergasting.

Dulli: “That’s one of the hardest rock songs we’ve ever done.
It was written and performed on sheer adrenalin.”

See God here…

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2. ‘Slowly Separate by CROWS (London)

This London post-punk team unleashed their 2nd scorching album
Beware Believers, last April. One of TUTV’s best full-lengths of 2022 (so far).

Single Slowly Separate is a schizo sonic serpent generating a mind-blowing backwash
while chainsaw guitars turn up the decibels to an illegal peak, and man-in-the-middle James Fox rages and blazes through his teeth.

Fucktastic!

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3. ‘I Am Kate Moss’ by DITZ (Brighton, UK)

This frenetic Brit force hit big time with their dazzling debut album
The Great Regression last March (more about it in a couple of days).

Let’s focus now on one of its cast-iron brainbreakers. It’s a poignant, biting, and
anxious uppercut. I’m pretty sure Moss would love this hit-and-run drone when
it would hit her ears. She is, after all, the Femme Punk Fatale of fashion.

Turn up the heat…

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4. ‘Twitchin’ in The Kitchen’ by WARMDUSCHER (London)

This punky-funky disco corker is the perfect pick-me-up tune for all the wacky weirdos who are always in the kitchen at parties waiting for free drinks and waiting for Warmduscher to come in and kick their lazy asses. Big stroke, big chorus, big fun!

From the gang’s thrilling 4th LP At The Hotspot.

Twitch as much as you want here…

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5. ‘Demolition Row’ by METZ (Toronto, CA)

“It’s a warning, an unflinching assessment of the vastness and insignificance of this
life, is precisely counterbalanced by their lesson, which models the resilience that this understanding demands. ‘Demolition Row’ is persistent, concise, and alarmingly physical.”

This blustery belter is vintage Metz. Full blast ahead, no brakes, no breaks.
The track featured on a split 7” with London-based group Adult Life.

From Dylan’s Desolation Row
to Metz’s Demolition Row


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6. ‘Frankenstein’ by TRAMP (Northern Ireland)

“As a story or metaphor, we are all ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ – made up of other people’s opinions and parts that don’t belong to us. That we were born perfect but people, in their
own conditioning, come along and can make us feel undesirable/inadequate/the monster.
But we can choose to be real instead.”

This is without a shadow of a doubt the best debut single I heard so far this year.

A towering tune going low, high and back. A sickly sticky pop gem wrapped in
a big-boisterous-wall-of-sound. And upfront, Sianna Lafferty ‘s phenomenal voice
causes goosebumps when she goes sky-high on the chorus. The ardency of
Porridge Radio comes to mind.

One word: AWESOME.

“I am not what you want me to be
Uncle Sam won’t even point at me
Even the eyes of the Virgin Mary wall
hanging won’t even stare at me.”

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7. ‘Shaman’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (London)

Shaman progresses like a vicious viper sliding to its prey. Determined, but always
wary of sudden danger. It dumbfounds and flummoxes while the song’s tension
intensifies and sends shivers down your spine.

No metallic explosions or abrupt pace changes this time, although it feels like a thunderstorm can happen as the mesmeric music swells along its ominous path
towards a demonic climax. Another appealing piece de resistance, another
psychedelic exploit another step closer to the new album.

From their brand new LP Trust No Leaders, out today.

Face your nature
Face your fears
Face your demons
Wake the dead

Roll the tape and get impressed…

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8. ‘Mañana’ by JAMES DOMESTIC (Essex/Suffolk, UK)

“A paean to taking your foot off the gas and letting things slide, or a warning of the perils of procrastination, perhaps? It’s hard to tell whether ‘Mañana’ is meant to serve as a confessional regarding Domestic’s own perceived lack of willpower, or a celebration of idleness. It could be either of these things; and that’s one of its many joys.”.

A sirens intro, David Bowie‘s saxophone, and steel drums straight from Trinidad. Sounds like an exotic swing and shake ditty is coming up. No folks, it’s a lazy rap-sody you can play the morning after a booze marathon to get up and sober up, slowly.

Soul voice Clare Gillet takes care of the chirpy chorus.

Press play here…

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9. ‘Digging’ by NOTHINGHEADS (London)

“Propelled by a motorik rhythm and abrasive guitars, it stomps toward a doom-laden finale. Inspired by Sebastião Salgado’s (note TUTV: Brasilian photographer) anarchic photos of the Gold Mines of Serra Peladain the Amazon in 1985: the track explores the relentless obsession with grasping a glint of glory from the mud. “

Once I learned that this startling belter is about the horrible exploitation of human
beings by ferocious money sharks this jagged jackhammer blew my mind even harder than I heard it the first time before knowing about the band’s inspiration for this stunner.

Expect rabid guitars, doom and gloom vocals, and frantic
twists and turns until the chaotic finale. Post-punk at
its razorblade best.

Dynamite


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10. ‘Welcome To Hell’ by BLACK MIDI (London)

Geordie Greep (vocalist, guitar): “Almost everything I write is from a true thing, something
I experienced and exaggerated and wrote down. I don’t believe in Hell, but all that old world folly is great for songs, I’ve always loved movies and anything else with a depiction of Hell.”

A screwy zig-zagging haymaker it is. From upcoming, 3rd, LP Hellfire.

Burn here…

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11. ‘Cream’ by BOTCHED TOE (UK)

My fav track from one of my fav albums of the year (so far), baptized
A False Glimmer Of Hope with loudmouth James Domestic (yep, the
guy from above) going bonkers.

This red-hot-blistering hardcore missile punks up your adrenalin and
invites you to open all windows and doors and yell your tits off.

(S)cream here…


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12. ‘Zick Zack’ by RAMMSTEIN (Germany)

The bombastic German metal machine have
a new, their 8th, longplayer out, called Zeit.

Their same old recipe still works.

My fav sledgehammer on the LP is Zick Zack.

Ridiscouly infectious
Great Scheiße shit!

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13. ‘Edie’ by STEPH SWEET (UK)

This is the spellbinding title track of this enigmatic songstress’ new album.

The dark garage guitar swagger of this nightmarish cracker is irresistibly
magnetic. Think trash-and-slash duo Royal Trux. Both eerie and haunted.

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14. ‘Eris’ by VIOLET NOX (Boston, MA)

My favored sonic sci-fi symphony from the duo’s excellent Eris Wakes EP.
Trippy, spooky, trancy. With repetitive mind-twisting Krautrock eurhythmics
that take you on an otherwordly voyage. Top-flight!

Launch your spaceship here…


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15. ‘TV Or Not TV’ by JODIE LANGFORD (UK)

After the piano intro (sounds like the theme tune of classic horror-thriller Halloween) this young outspoken artist fumes with barbed wire temper towards the supersonic chorus that resonates like hardcore rap.

This rushing rollercoaster swings forth and back with grim impetus until the gloomy
synth climax makes way for that ominous piano fragment again. TV or not TV, that’s
the question? The answer is easy. To hell with the relentless idiocy of reality TV stars and influencers constantly putting pressure on growing minds to behave in ways unattainable to most.

Find the answer here…

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16. ‘We Are Ukraian’ by OSCAR MIC (London)

Oscar Mic wrote this song after witnessing the horrific violence of
psycho Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine on the news. All proceeds of
the song go to Save The Children’s Ukraine Appeal.

We Are Ukrainian is a tremendously catchy hip-rap-pop jam featuring steel drums
and timpani balancing somewhere between Roots Manuva and Mr. Scruff.

“Fleeing people running scared, so tell me Where’s the justice? Our leaders say they care,
tell me can you trust this? Urban warfare, your home’s done and dusted, Aiming at the
public, they wouldn’t? They just did,”

Fuck Putin


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17. ‘White Skin’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)

The titillating electro- intro echoes early Depeche Mode before they became the darkwave Goth-esque rockers we all know. But in an eye-blink White Skin turns into a swirling synth-pop stomper to fill dancefloors with. It’s an instantly infectious nightclub earworm with an ecstatic chorus.

From the siblings’ forthcoming, second, album.

Start the tape and make your move…

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18. ‘Worthless Souls’ by MELTED WINGS (Toronto, CA)

“A track that calls out how sexism and power corrupt all levels of society.
We all need to recognize this going forward and make sure that it doesn’t
go unchecked.”

The sickly sticky synth beat comes across like an invitation for my feet to kick the butts of vicious sexists and power-horny billionaires ruining people’s lives. Middle finger to them while spinning around mad as a hatter to this bang-on electro buzz. Trust me, you’ll feel much better afterward

From their new Cheer For The Deer album.

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19. ‘Hello Dreamer Baby’ by THE ROYAL FOUNDRY (Canada)

This is what ecstatic pop grandeur is all about. Music that elevates
your state of mind to a titillating level. This pearl generates a feel-good
entrancing buzz.

When the multi-layered vocals/harmonies pop up in a gospel-like choir delight
creates an atmosphere of utter joy comparable with the euphoric drive of
The Polyphonic Spree. Vitalizing vibe, refreshing rapture.

Listen/watch

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20. ‘Life And Lies’ by LEE ROGERS (Northern Ireland)

A mixed-emotions lullaby with Rogers‘ sky-reaching voice as the star. It’s an emotional
and bluesy reflection. Wurlitzer jukeboxes should be reinvented for these heartbreakers so moody minds can cry their eyes out (or cry in their beer) at night in a downtown bar where lonely ones gather and muse about life and lies.

This one is for all barflies out there…

From his new heart and soul album Gameblood.

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21. ‘Chaise Lounge’ by WET LEG
22. ‘Up The Mountain’ by REGINA SPEKTOR
23. ‘All The Good Times'</a> by ANGEL OLSEN
24. ‘Come Back’ by SHARON VAN ETTEN
25. ‘The Dripping Tap’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD

Turn Up The Volume’s 5 Best EPs Of 2022 (So Far)

More than a single, less than an album

Turn Up The Volume‘s ears say that these
are the 5 best EPs of 2022… so far.

Band: NOTHINGHEADS
Who: Hit team formed through a shared love for London’s DIY music scene.
Their songs draw no boundaries – no subject is too confusing, no sound too
eclectic. The band write collaboratively, harnessing the noise and energy
that comes from playing together.

EP: DIGGING

Turn Up The Volume said: Three riff-mental haymakers. Three vitriolic sucker-punches. Three intimidatory knockouts. The Nothingheads‘ frontman sounds like his own meanest demon, threatening and ready to kick badasses. This EP was made to scare all the human-destroying rulers of our paranoid world. If we go to the dogs don’t forget to take this EP with you. It’ll help to channel your frustrations while Armageddon is grinning around the corner.

Stream/buy/dig the whole 5-track EP here…


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NOTHINGHEADS: Facebook – Spotify

Act: VIOLET NOX
Who: Experimental electro duo, Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson,
from Boston who collaborate frequently with other artists.

EP: ERIS WAKES

Turn Up The Volume said: Violet Nox compose their spaced-out symphonies in an
electronic universe of their own where ambient music dominates in all its different reverberations. Soothing and meditative (opener Spaceport 5), tripping out (Eris / Bellatrix), spooky (Magnetar), and mind-puzzling (Ghost Star). It all feels utopian and cosmic. Foggy harmonies with Portishead‘s vocalist Beth Gibbons transcended timbre and repetitive eurhythmics echoing German legends Tangerine Dream.

Close encounters of the third kind.
Sonic science-fiction. Stupefying

Buy/stream  ‘Eris Wakes’ here…


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VIOLET NOX: Facebook

Band: THE DARTS
Who: Inflammable engine
from Phoenix, Arizona

Turn Up The Volume: wrote: The Darts? They sound cool, look cool and rawk ‘n roll cool.

This Devilish American Rip-roaring Turbo Squad do it again on this new 3-track EP
with a garage hurricane (Love Tsunami), a mid-tempo groover (Shit Show) and another
brisk belter (Underground). And again, Nicole Laurenne, the utterly charismatic dart in
the middle, fires up the cuts with her sexy 60s-sounding organ.

The electrifying Amazons hit the bullseye once more.

Press play here…

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THE DARTS: Instagram

Artist: ROBIN GUTHRIE (Scotland)
Who: Co-founder of Cocteau Twins (1979–1997)

EP: RIVIERA

Turn Up The Volume wrote: An instrumental 4-track one with a featherlight, heavenly and spiritual magnificence. Stardust everywhere. If you’re not into all that festive end-of-the-year fuss (like me) play all Guthrie‘s 2021 releases on repeat. It’ll give you (and me) a mind-relaxing, soothing, and idyllic feel. Sparkling vibrations for the midnight hours. Guthrie transfers you to a blissful place.

Enjoy


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ROBIN GUTHRIE: Facebook

Last November sharp-rapping poets SLEAFORD MODS  played in their
hometown Nottingham. Now 6 of the performed tracks (2 of the latest
album ‘Spare Ribs‘, a cover of Yazoo’s ‘Don’t Go, and 2 oldies) are cemented
in a live EP called LIVE AT NOTTZ ARENA.

Mork In Mindy features big soul voice Billy Nominates
and Amyl Taylor was a guest on Nudge It (which she did
too on the duo’s 2021 LP).

Get up and let your feet and your hips do the talking…

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SLEAFORD MODS: Instagram

Sonic Science-Fiction With Boston Act VIOLET NOX And Their New ‘ERIS AWAKES’ EP

18 April 2022

Act: VIOLET NOX
Who: Experimental electro duo, Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson,
from Boston who collaborate frequently with other artists.

New EP: ERIS WAKES

“The album was written during the worldwide pandemic in 2021. It represents the current rebellious transitional unstable times we are in. Eris is the Goddess warrior of discord and chaos, a dwarf planet, the Star Child, the trans-Neptunian object. Her energy flowed freely through Violet Nox during the creation of this album to harness an uninhibited depth of psychic reflections and hidden shadows from which the essence of “Eris Wakes” tunes and harmonizes.”

Turn Up The Volume: Violet Nox compose their spaced-out symphonies in an
electronic universe of their own where ambient music dominates in all its different reverberations. Soothing and meditative (opener Spaceport 5), tripping out (Eris / Bellatrix), spooky (Magnetar), and mind-puzzling (Ghost Star). It all feels utopian and cosmic. Foggy harmonies with Portishead‘s vocalist Beth Gibbons transcended timbre and repetitive eurhythmics echoing German legends Tangerine Dream.

Close encounters of the third kind.
Sonic science-fiction. Stupefying

Buy/stream Eris Wakes here…


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All songs written by Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson
with additional lyrics by Noell Dorsey (Eris, Magnetar) and Karen
Zanes
(Spaceport 5) and instrumental contributions by Alexis
Desjardins and Fen Rotstein
(+vocals).

Mixed by Andrew Abrahamson with Dez DeCarlo
Mastered by Andrew Abrahamson

VIOLET NOX Produce Vibes For Your Holidays In Space Where The Moon Shines

Daily electricity to load your batteries

27 February 2022

Band: VIOLET NOX

Who: Electronic-experimental, dark ambient, sonic
cosmic drone collaborative collective from Boston, MA

New track: MOONSHINE
Actually a remix of a track from their 2020 EP Future Fast.
It’s British indie-electro duo The Deckadent Movement that
signed for the sonic revision.


Great Moonshine artwork

If you plan to spend your summer holidays in space you should take
Violet Nox music along in your rocket ship. They produce cinematic,
mind-relaxing, sky-reaching, and at times hallucinatory and obscure
symphonies with a tranquilizing quality. Just what you need while
watching the stars.

Shine on you crazy moon diamond…


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Original version…

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More Violet Nox vibes on Spotify

VIOLET NOX – Psychedelic Boston Orchestra Transfers You To Another Galaxy

New striking strokes

4 November 2021

Band: VIOLET NOX (Boston, MA)

Who: Electronic-experimental, dark ambient, sonic cosmic drone
collaborative project with spacey shoegaze textural walls of sound,
using synths, guitar, effect pedals, turntables, vocals, drum machines,
and beats.


(Cover Art by Jeff Bartell)

Single: SUPER FAN
From their 2020 EP Future Fast
remixed by J Baptist

Violet Nox operate in another galaxy somewhere in space where ambient
music floats above the otherwordly scenery. Super Fan is part of the soundtrack
up there. Trippy, spacey, and mind-relaxing with its repetitive eurhythmics. It feels
virus-free, utopian, and cosmic. A synth hallucination with echoes of German legends Tangerine Dream.

Enter the Violet Nox spaceship here

VIOLET NOX: Facebook

Psychedelic Boston Dreamers VIOLET NOX Take You On A Space Odyssey

Daily electricity to load your batteries

1 August 2021

Band: VIOLET NOX

Who: Electronic-experimental, dark ambient, sonic cosmic drone
collaborative project with spacey shoegaze textural walls of sound,
using synths, guitar, effect pedals, turntables, vocals, drum machines,
and beats.

Single: HAUMEA
From new excellent EP Whispering Galaxy

If Syd Barrett wasn’t kicked out of the band, Pink Floyd‘s mega masterpiece
Dark Side Of The Moon would have sounded far more spacey, adventurous and uncompromising. Yes, something like this sonic hallucination, with multiple layers
of scintillating synths designing the fitting atmosphere for a 2021 Space Odyssey.
Add ghostly voices, otherworldly electronica sounds, and hazy reverberations and
what you get in the end is the tantalizing theme track for a  new sci-fi movie.

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re floating in space…

Can’t get enough?
Here’s the EP in full…


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VIOLET NOX: Facebook

Boston’s Electronic Outfit VIOLET NOX Sends Us New Single ‘WOLF VISITOR’ From Outer Space

Daily electricity to load your batteries…

11 June 2021

Band: VIOLET NOX
Who: Electronic experimental dark ambient
music project from Boston with already three
longplayers on their shelves. You can check
them out on Bandcamp

New single: WOLF VISITOR
From their newest 4-track EP Whispering Galaxy

Score: Mysterious, atmospheric, and psychedelic. As if this
otherworldly instrumental came from outer space and landed
on my stereo. This would be a fitting, alternative music theme for
Battlestar Galatica or a bonus track on Pink Floyd‘s blockbuster LP
Dark Side Of The Moon
. Get the science-fiction picture?

Enter the spaceship right here…

VIOLET NOX: Facebook