PoP TV | POP POWER : SHANNON LUKE – “THE SURVEY” (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

A rare thing indeed to come across a pop song that addresses the social issues of Singapore but Shannon Luke has done exactly that with his latest single, “The Survey”.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS – LOOK NOW

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EC fans received a bit of a scare after the singer-songwriter cancelled a clutch of live dates due to ill health. But news of his recovery and the release of Look Now – one of Costello’s best albums of recent times – must have cheered diehard followers!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER!!! : SURE SURE – “LIE LIE LIE”

Feel-good pop music is what Sure Sure is interested in. After all, the quartet has already amassed 14 million plays on Spotify, so…

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! : BITTERSWEET MACHINES – “ONLY YOU AND ME” SINGLE

Once again, Bittersweet Machines (a.k.a. Matt Mocharnuk) delivers another potent shot of melodic adrenaline infused with 80s pop-rock sensibilities of the highest order!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER!!! : STIIR – “FREE YOURSELF

Why describe yourself as “alternative pop” when it’s obvious that you are influenced by Orange Juice and Josef K – purveyors of classic ’80s indie pop?

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! BITTERSWEET MACHINES – NO BAD HORIZON

I have been a fan of Bittersweet Machines (a.k.a. Matt Mocharnuk) ever since I reviewed his debut release, Solituda, in 2012. I believe I described the experience as an “eargasm!”

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! ASTRAL DRIVE – S/T

Astral Drive is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s that only existed in his own mind. A labour of love that is very much the statement of a lifelong music fan living in the modern world. (Official bio)

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER!!! ASTRAL DRIVE – “SUMMER OF ’76”

Astral Drive is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s that only existed in his own mind. A labour of love that is very much the statement of a lifelong music fan living in the modern world.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER!!! MAMAS GUN – “ON THE WIRE”

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London-based soul quintet, Mamas Gun are sharing their new single “On The Wire” – the latest to be taken from their Golden Days album, due out this Friday (May 18) via Candelion.

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PoP NEWS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : KAI DANZBERG CROWDFUNDING FOR POP-UP RADIO VINYL

Earlier this year, we brought to your kind attention, the wonders of Kai Danzberg and his album, Pop-Up Radio.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : PURKINJE – VOYAGER EP [REVIEW]

A dynamic pop EP we missed first time out that caught our attention recently, Purkinje’s Voyager deserves the spotlight.

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PoP20 | POP POWER!!! : EPICYCLE – JINGO JANGLE [2008]

EPICYCLE Jingo Jangle (Cirkle)

Sad to say but I believe that the powerpop genre has been going through a slump for some time now. With the odd notable exceptions, there has not been a genuine powerpop masterpiece this side of the millennium and even since perhaps Jellyfish’s Spilt Milk.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PROG POP : IN TALL BUILDINGS – AKINETIC [REVIEW]

So what in the world is prog pop, you might ask?

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP10 FT. YO LA TENGO, LUCIUS (WITH ROGER WATERS), MOOSE BLOOD, THE BREEDERS, DRYSPELL, UNDER THE OAK, JOSH ROUSE, GIRL RAY, THE FLESHTONES, LLLL (WITH YEULE) [SPOTIFY PLAYLIST]

Spotify playlist where we spotlight new modern rock music that we are confident you have probably never heard of BUT definitely should!

This week’s recommendations!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP10 FT. AUGIE MARCH, ROAMING HERDS OF BUFFALO, LYNN TAYLOR & THE BARFLIES, BLAKE BROWN & THE AMERICAN DUST CHOIR, CAITLIN CANTY, KITTEN, RICH GIRLS, RUSSIAN BATHS, THE LAGOONS, THE SCANERS [SPOTIFY PLAYLIST]

New feature! A (hopefully) weekly Spotify playlist where we spotlight new modern rock music that we are confident you have probably never heard of BUT definitely should!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER !!! : THE RADIO SET – GOTTA CRUSH ON YOU (PETER HOOK EXTENDED 12 INCH BIG LOVE MIX)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the new single from The Radio Set, produced by Peter Hook, no less!

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PoPTV | POP POWER !!! : POPINCOURT – “THE BRILLIANT MISSING LINK”

Brilliant and easy-going sophisti-pop is the order of the day for Popincourt.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER !!! : FIONA GREY – “DIRTY DREAM”

Dirty pop? Might be a bit of a misnomer when you listen to Fiona Grey‘s new single, “Dirty Dream”.

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ROCK HISTORY | POP POWER !!! TEARS FOR FEARS – RULE THE WORLD : THE GREATEST HITS

80s music powerhouse Tears For Fears return with a greatest hits compilation which includes two new songs viz. the anthemic “I Love You But I’m Lost” and the balladic “Stay”. 

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! RINA SAWAYAMA – RINA

There’s no way to write off modern pop music when artists like Rina Sawayama demonstrate that it is possible to imbue sophistication and verve into what many consider a pre-fabricated music format.

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