PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER : PAUL STEEL – CAROUSEL KITES

Back in 2009, this is what I wrote about Paul Steel’s debut album, Moon Rock.

“Favouring dense instrumentation and arrangements, melodic hooks galore, whimsical moments and trainspotting references, Moon Rock is one of those albums that true pop enthusiasts will obsess over for weeks on repeat mode, headphones on, salivating over every nuance.

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PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE BEATIFICS – THE WAY WE NEVER WERE (2003)

From 2003, a review of The Beatifics’ excellent album, The Way We Never Were, taken from the previous incarnation of Power of Pop (at tripod.com, no less!)

THE BEATIFICS
The Way We Never Were
(Bus Stop)

I’ve always loved 60s/70s styled melodic guitar pop. To me, there’s nothing that comes close musically.

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SINGAPORE ROCKS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : S-ROCK FIGHTS BACK AT THE MANNEQUINS FOUR EP LAUNCH!!!

It does not matter how many social media ‘likes’ Singapore rock bands are able to muster. It does not matter how many Spotify playlists Singapore rock bands are excluded from. It does not matter if Singapore rock bands are not considered hip and cool amongst the local scenesters and hipsters.

All that matters is a love and passion for rock ‘n’ roll! And in that respect, the recent Mannequins Four EP Launch had that in spades – many not in quantity but definitely demonstrated with intensity!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : ROGER JOSEPH MANNING JR. – GLAMPING

Yes, digital disruption and the rise of hip-hop resulted in the decline and fall of Power Pop Rock N Roll. But it’s okay, cuz the wonderful internet has also allowed our favourite artists to continue to make and release new music viable. Like Roger Joseph Manning Jr, for example.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HOTEL MIRA – “BABY”

Last time out, I reported that one of my indie rock faves, JPNSGRLS had morphed into Hotel Mira, with a dynamic new single, 3AM Lullaby.

New song “Baby” ups the ante with a sophisticated arrangement that belies its melodic simplicity. Running gamut from funk to alt-rock to soul-pop, “Baby” is a triumph of determined songwriting without sacrificing an iota of hooky satisfaction.

The trio will be releasing a collection of six songs on August 17th. Can hardly wait!

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