SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT : NICHOLAS CHIM – “DOWN THE WAY”

A casual observer of the local music scene would not find acoustic-based singer-songwriter Nicholas Chim’s adoption of electronic arrangements a surprise, as this has become rather trendy in 2017.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! : XAVIER BOYER – SOME / ANY / NEW

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Terrific news for the PoP faithful as Tahiti 80’s Xavier Boyer releases his debut solo album, Some / Any / New!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! : BECK – COLORS

Would be fair to assert that singer-songwriter Beck has generally covered three distinctive styles in his career thus far – country-folk roots, urban hip-hop R&B and post-modern pop-rock.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : KARLA KANE – KING’S DAUGHTERS HOME FOR INCURABLES

Singer-songwriter Karla Kane takes time away from The Corner Laughers to come up with a delightful solo album.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT | POP POWER !!! : JEAN TAN – WALLS

For the 2nd single off her upcoming new EP, singer-songwriter Jean Tan opts for a retro jazz-pop approach for “Walls”.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : JENNIE VEE – SUFFER

It’s not too difficult to place Jennie Vee’s influences. The atmospheric, banks of guitar style on new EP Suffer are highly reminiscent of 80s/90s dream pop / shoegaze.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : HOWARD IVANS – BEAUTIFUL TIRED BODIES

Howard Ivans is really the musical vehicle for singer-songwriter Ivan Howard’s creative impulses. Howard is no stranger to the modern indie rock landscape being a integral member of The Rosebuds and GAYNGS.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER !!! RINA SAWAYAMA – ALTERLIFE

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Rina Sawayama is back with another genre-bending single!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : FAITH HEALER – TRY ;-)

Faith Healer is yet another present from the music gods themselves, to re-assure us that pop excellence is still with us in 2017.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : DENT MAY – ACROSS THE MULTIVERSE

For his 4th studio album, classic pop singer-songwriter Dent May continues his explorations into elegant and whimsical pop music.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : MICHAEL MCDONALD – WIDE OPEN

Yacht rock lovers rejoice as singer-songwriter Michael McDonald comes up with Wide Open, his first album in almost a decade.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : BITTERSWEET MACHINES – TALKING TO GHOSTS EP

The PoP faithful would be by now, familiar with our love and respect for one-man-band Bittersweet Machines (a.k.a. Matt Mocharnuk) and his ongoing obsession with channelling 80s post-punk into modern rock vignettes.

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PoPTV | POP POWER !!! : ONE MAN PLAN – WITHOUT QUESTION

Nothing too outstanding about the song or the arrangements. In fact “Without Question” sounds like a lot of modern acoustic soul pop music. But it stands out because of its message.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : OMD – THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY

The third album since Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s comeback with History of Modern in 2010 finds the duo of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys revert to their earliest Kraftwerk-influenced sound on The Punishment of Luxury.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! : THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART – THE ECHO OF PLEASURE

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (a.k.a. singer-songwriter Kip Berman) continues to do what he does best – filter a deep affection for 80s indie pop into contemporary rock structures, with some aplomb.

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PoPTV | POP POWER!!! : RINA SAWAYAMA – CYBER STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

London-based pop futurist Rina Sawayama recently shared the video for her new single “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome”.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT : CAUSEWAY YOUTH – YOU GOT ME

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Aspiring ambient indie pop duo Causeway Youth make their bow with debut single “You Got Me”.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : GRIZZLY BEAR – PAINTED RUINS

Comforting to note that Grizzly Bear have about two million monthly listeners at Spotify – which means that their brand of eclectic experimental pop music does have an audience.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : FERNANDO PERDOMO – THE GOLDEN HOUR

Broken record time – 2017 has been an astonishingly bountiful year for lovers of POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! Add another fine record to the burgeoning list – Fernando Perdomo’s instant classic, The Golden Hour.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER !!! : HUMAN HEAT – BEST FOR YOU

One of the better pop releases we have listened to this year is the new album from Human Heat (a.k.a. Alex Schaaf) – All Is Too Much.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : PAUL DRAPER – SPOOKY ACTION

Popular British 90s band Mansun were best known for their eclectic art-rock style that brought them critical acclaim and commercial success. Led by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Paul Draper, Mansun released four albums and split in 2003.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : TALL FRIEND – SAFELY NOBODY’S

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Lofi minimalist indie pop is the name of the game for Tall Friend.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : NICK HEYWARD – WOODLAND ECHOES

Nick Heyward – best known as the cherubic frontman of 80s pop band Haircut 100 is back with another excellent retro-pop album – Woodland Echoes.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! : RANDY NEWMAN – DARK MATTER

Dark Matter is Randy Newman’s first album of new songs in nine years and it is as smart, cynical and yet sentimental as one might expect.

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