LISTENING BOOTH – ALBERTEEN

ALBERTEEN – A GIRL AND A GUN (RHYTHM & NOIR)

Here’s an intriguing single from this new UK band with shades of John Barry’s Bond theme echoing in the background and mysterious lyrics about illicit activities. A tad repetitive but aren’t the catchy ones usually like that? A definite earworm that is already receiving airplay on UK radio. Worth checking out. Released on 5th Sept.

01 A Girl and a Gun by milkpressPR

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LISTENING BOOTH – STAR ANNA

Star Anna – Alone In This Together

Regular PoP visitors will know that I am an absolute sucker for good old fashioned honest-to-goodness country-folk-soul music. Add a spine-tingling female vox into the equation and the result is obsession! So here’s Star Anna, who at 25 has established musicians raving over her vocal abilities. Listen to this glorious track off her debut album of the same name and understand why…

Alone In This Together (Radio Edit) – Star Anna by grammy mammy

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LISTENING BOOTH – IN EACH HAND A CUTLASS

In Each Hand A Cutlass – Chocolate and the Lovelorn Girl

Here it is, boys and girls, the introductory tasty morsel for the upcoming debut album – A Universe Made of Strings – of In Each Hand A Cutlass. Delicious indeed, with equal parts jangly guitar, funky rhythms and indie rock sensibility. Catch IEHAC live at The Amaranthine Voyage on Friday, 24th June at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Tickets on sale now at SISTIC.

Chocolate and the Lovelorn Girl by In Each Hand A Cutlass

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LISTENING BOOTH – TRAVEL TALES

TRAVEL TALES – YOU’LL NEVER KNOW

Now if only I am living by the beach, and maybe own a hammock which I could lay on with my sandy feet pointing towards the sun, hair down, soak up the kind sunshine and ipod on one hand with the playlist I’ll specially reserve for beach getaways… Oh, one can dream of such life. Truth be told, that was my first impression upon being asked to review You’ll Never Know by our locally bred Ze Wen Seah aka Travel Tales.

The singer/songwriter has experience up his sleeves. Having lived in different countries such as Taiwan and America, his songs are thus influenced by the different cultures he was brought up in. Sandwiched with his smooth Jason Mraz cum Jack Johnson voice, one can pleasantly categorise him as a simplistic, straight up raw local talent without having to put in much effort. You’ll Never Know is basically, “..a conversation between a highly rational individual, who smirks at the thought of ‘dreams’, and a dreamer who believes that it only makes sense to achieve what you want if you work hard for it”, as explained by Ze Wen himself. Need I say more? Not really.

With soft percussion and subtle guitar, the whole song gives off nothing more then a breath of fresh air. A break from life, a vacation from being too much of a realist. Have a listen and you’ll get what I mean.

You’ll Never Know by Travel Tales

Ze Wen has a YouTube channel too wherein he covers various artists besides having his originals. Especially from Radiohead and Oasis, big big brownie points! Recommended, most definitely!

(Eli Mahirah)

LISTENING BOOTH: FUTURE ISLANDS

FUTURE ISLANDS – BEFORE THE BRIDGE

For some reason, this song reminds me very much of the Canadian 80s new wave band, Men Without Hats. I suppose it has something to do with the very idea of North Americans singing with a baritone Anglophile accent. Whatever the form, this Baltimore-based band have enough synth-pop savvy to make good use of the now-popular style. In any case this new single Before the Bridge will be the A-side from the 7″ of the same title, out July 19 on Thrill Jockey. Check it out and make your way to Future Islands…

Future Islands – Before the Bridge by thrilljockey

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LISTENING BOOTH: SAINT MOTEL

SAINT MOTEL – PUZZLE PIECES

Fact of the matter is that if I read about a modern rock band describing themselves as ‘power pop’, I roll my eyes in abject skepticism. BUT in the case of Saint Motel, that’s exactly what they are! Check out this melodically muscular single which will knock you senseless with delight. Hypnotic piano riff, frenetic guitars and hyperventilating vocals will leave you smiling. Where’s the album, boys??? Whatever, in the meantime, enjoy…

SAINT MOTEL – Puzzle Pieces by saintmotel

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LISTENING BOOTH – ARTHUR ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: BEN GIBBARD

I never liked the original Arthur movie starring the late Dudley Moore and never quite understood it’s popularity and the soundtrack contained one of the worst songs ever written by the great Burt Bacharach, not helped by Christopher Cross’ awful falsetto as well. So it seemed to make perfect sense to me when it was announced that a remake would be produced with the over-rated Russell Brand reprising Moore’s role. Ugh.

But… if Ben Gibbard’s contribution to the soundtrack – a wistful Springsteen channeling slow rocker called When the Sun Goes Down – is any indication, then at least the music on the film is going to be worth checking out. Listen for yourself…

Ben Gibbard – When the Sun Goes Down by WaterTowerMusic

 

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LISTENING BOOTH – THE JOLLY BOYS

Listen to Emmanuel Road, off Jamaican band The Jolly Boys’ upcoming new album, Great Expectation. The Jolly Boys have been leading lights of the Jamaican mento scene for over 60 (!) years. Mento?┬áMento was the music of the Jamaican dancehalls before ska, rocksteady, and reggae came along. Sounds really cool… check it out!

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Emmanuel Road – The Jolly Boys by geejamstudios

 

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LISTENING BOOTH – THE CORNER LAUGHERS

San Francisco indie-pop band The Corner Laughers are back with a new single, produced by Allen Clapp of the Orange Peels, as a sneak peek into our upcoming album. Rollicking good girl pop fun. Enjoy…

 

LISTENING BOOTH – DAVID MYHR

Swedish power pop band The Merrymakers was one of the leading lights of the 90s pop underground scene. Well, Merrymakers may be no more but here comes David Myhr to carry off where his former band left off with a spanking new single – Got You Where He Wanted – the first offering from upcoming album, Sunshine. Chock full of hooks and wondrous melodies, this is a classic pop gem in the making. Check it out, folks!

Got you where he wanted (.mp3) by davidmyhr

LISTENING BOOTH – BANI HAYKAL

Bani Haykal (B-Quartet) has something to share with you

after rounds of deliberations, i would like to present a new body of work, an experiment and an exercise based on recent developments.this is ‘ergophobia’.

Good old fashioned avant garde experimental noise-art. Performed live without overdubs! Listen without prejudice…

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LISTENING BOOTH: NICK TAN

Two hours left in this Valentine’s Day, so I’d thought I would get this just under the wire – it’s the single version of Nick Tan’s You. Check it out…