Our first impression of Third was hazy – there was something seemingly askew about Cait Brennan’s match of husky vocal and power pop rock n roll musicality.
Plasticsoul is basically singer-songwriter Steven Wilson and the folks he drags along for the ride – in his present case – Marc Bernal, Daniel Conrad, and Steve Markowitz.
We have been looking intently at the modern pop scene for some time now, hoping and praying that somewhere out there, there is an artist who is able to take the musical elements of the past and make it sound modern, and pointing the way to the future. Well, finally we think we have – and his name is Gabriel Garzón-Montano!
Blues-rock still resonates, as Norway’s Captain Kill demonstrates on this visceral EP.
Back in the 2000s, we used to cover positively Boston mod-pop band The Pills. Since breaking up the band, Corin Ashley has been periodically releasing solo material and functioning as a session player with the likes of Cardinal & Martin (Boo Radleys) Carr. In January of last year, Ashley suffered a stroke which threatened to curtail his musical career but Ashley never gave up on himself and new album Broken Biscuits is a testament, not only to his talents, but to his resilience.
Considering how traditional pop-rock is no longer commercially viable (and let’s face this hard truth, puh-lease), we should celebrate this state of affairs instead as it guarantees that – most of the time – new music made in this tradition is going to be genuine and true to the artistic vision of its creator/s. Case in point: Gretchen’s Wheel.
Canadian duo You’ll Never Get to Heaven have released their third full-length album, Images, and fans of 90s dreamy ambient pop music will find much to enjoy.
Now for something completely different! Here’s a combination of music and books that is fairly unique from Lusterlit.
Art-rockers British Sea Power are back with a brand new album – its sixth – and it’s a glorious return to the exhilarating, bright-minded guitar music that earned them their breakout nomination for the 2003 Mercury Music Prize as they cover subject matter ranging from the stars in the night sky to the methodology of media manipulation.
As an artist dropped into the world of 90s alternative rock music, Eric Matthews has always been swimming against the tide somewhat.
One of the best Singapore pop releases this year comes from singer-songwriter Fym Summer.
Ironic how ‘genre’ labels make so much difference nowadays. Take “pop-punk” – one of the worst rock ‘genres’ ever coined – turn it around to “punk-rock” and it becomes something vital, vibrant and meaningful.
Which brings us to Tales From A Punk Rock Rock Trip a new mini-album split between Hooligan Crooners and B-Leaguers.
We were fortunate to catch Perth rock quartet Rag N’ Bone at last year’s Music Matters Festival and here they are with their highly essential debut album, A Handful of Ash.
Last time we reviewed a Grandaddy album – Just Like the Fambly Cat – it was 2006 and CDs stores were still a thing. In the intervening 11 years, much has changed in the rock landscape (well, rock is dead, they say) but at least Grandaddy is back to remind us that as far as primo pop-rock music is concerned, nothing has to change!
Pure retro pop power is what Croydon singer-songwriter Nick Frater is about.
Pop music is more than modern day hipster folk or EDM or millennial neo-soul. It takes a brave artist in 2017 to reach back into pop history to find inspiration for true pop power. Like Lincoln Barr, perhaps.
German composer Hans Zimmer has in recent times been closely associated with Geek flicks – superhero (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel & Batman vs Superman) and scifi (Inception & Interstellar).
Whether rock ‘n’ roll is dead or not becomes a moot point when you are enjoying the new music out there. Case in point – Snowdonia from Surfer Blood.
Proper Ornaments is the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy, Pink Flames).
Labels are deceiving. What the hell is “post-metal”? Does that describe NZ duo Into Orbit?
Hailing from Iceland, Lucy in Blue channels the 70s progressive rock vibe of Pink Floyd, Van Der Graaf Generator and Camel so effortlessly authentic that it’s almost hard to believe that this eponymous album was released last December!
Another new year, another new feature as we highlight new albums to discover on the wonderful Bandcamp platform. As always our focus will be on rock n roll, pop-rock and pop with power! This time out, The Four Chords!!
Dream pop merchants Lightcraft maintain their life-affirming joyous indie rock ministrations with a new EP that fulfils all the promise expressed in 2013 album, Colours of Joy.
The best music, in our humble opinion, is able to take the listener out of himself or herself and into that special place where music does what it does best. To create a magical world where the music is complete in itself and does not require anything else to embellish the sheer pleasure, be it aural, sensual or intellectual.