Aug 142015
 

TLG

So The Little Giant (aka Hilary Yang) was one of my last NAC Noise mentees last year and the problem with listening to a song in its embryonic form is sometimes it’s hard to accept a radically different version. Thus it’s the case with “You Got Some” which in typical Hilary fashion has something to do with the male obsession with sex. This first single from Hilary’s debut EP – “Let’s Just Be Honest” is now a bit of a rockabilly number which I have an issue with – Hilary’s vocal delivery becomes quite garbled with the increased tempo and God knows it’s all about her lyrics. But the saving grace is this wonderful lyric video (by Annie Hung – well done with the male sexual metaphors!) which sets out the lyrics before your very eyes whilst you hear the song and voila! Problem solved.

Event details

The Little Giant “Let’s Just be Honest” EP Launch

Friday, 4th September 7pm

BluJaz Cafe (3rd Floor) 11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam, Singapore 189848

(With special guests, The MadHatter Project & Anise SG!)

$15 advanced tickets available at : thelittlegiantEP.peatix.com

$20 tickets at the door (subject to availability)
$30 ticket + EP at the door (subject to availability)

Physical EP: $14

PoPTV: S A REYNERS – SATURDAY AFTERNOON

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Jul 192015
 

SA Reyners

Stefan Reyners hails from Wellington, N.Z. and makes the kind of time-honoured smart & quirky pop that recalls the likes of Elvis Costello, Squeeze and Split Enz.

Reyners is getting a new EP ready and “Saturday Afternoon” provides a good taster of what to expect. Check it out below.

https://www.facebook.com/sareyners

PoPTV: JUDE YOUNG’S WAVES OF TOMORROW IS AN HONEST ARTISTIC EXPRESSION TO SG50 CELEBRATION

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Jul 102015
 
Jude Young

Photo by Joel Lim

The national celebration of Singapore’s independence has brought out many diverse items, music wise. But singer-songwriter Jude Young’s “Wave of Tomorrow” and accompanying video may be the most heartfelt and straightforward thus far. The video – directed & shot by Jeremy Kieran Ng – is not fancy and lacks frills but gets the job done effectively but it is in the competent songwriting that the emotional resonance of what it means to be Singaporean in this special year is shared. No mean feat!

“Ride on this tide/We’ll fly side by side/On the waves of tomorrow/The chase starts today/With these guiding stars and/The shine from the moon so bright/So you can count on me/To keep you free
Yeah you can shout your name across the shores/Singapore”

Kudos to all involved!

https://www.facebook.com/judeyoung

PoPTV: THEODORA – LINES

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Jul 022015
 

Theodora

“Old soul” is probably an apt description of singer-songwriter Theodora’s muse.

This 18 year old has a perceptive creativity beyond her tender years with an artistic sensibility that reflects a subtle maturity. This is already painfully obvious when listening to her debut single “Lines”, written about the loss about a loved one – “I sit in silence in the memory of you”.

Now here’s a thoughtful video – lovingly crafted by director Leonard Soosay – that represents visually the emotions that “Lines” evokes, with style and finesse.

Theodora’s debut EP is planned for the end of the year – keep a close watch on that, dear readers.

In the meantime, check out the gorgeous video for “Lines”.

Purchase “Lines” from iTunes.

PoPTV: EDITORS PROLONG THE DEATH THROES OF THE POST-PUNK REVIVAL WITH NEW SINGLE MARCHING ORDERS

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Jun 202015
 

EDITORS

I am sick of the post-punk revival – it is one of the worst aspects of millennial pop culture – and it’s already been 15 years. C’mon!

This is compounded by the fact that I absolutely loved the original 80s post-punk scene. Thus, to hear the works of Joy Division, Bauhaus and Echo & the Bunnymen being constantly dragged through the mud by inferior bands like Editors is painful. Listen to the new doom-laden single “Marching Orders” to fully understand my disdain for this kind of derivative drivel. This must end!

When oh when will the 90s rock revival (and therefore retro-60s) begin?

PoPTV: DRU CHEN PROVES HE’S STILL GOT IT WITH NEW SINGLE “YOU GOT IT BABE”

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May 282015
 

Dru Chen YGIB MV Press Photo

Let’s say it plain, LOVE LOVE LOVE Dru Chen’s songwriting. He seems to come up with these soul-inflected pop ditties so effortlessly that it’s almost criminal!

“You Got It Babe” finds Dru once again putting together yet another winner. Trust me when I say that once this groovin’ earworm hooks you, it is not gonna let go too easily. Diggin’ Dru’s old skool soul vibe once more! Check it out!!

Pick up “You Got It Babe” at iTunes.

PoPTV – SONGS FROM THE NEW MILLENNIUM

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May 012015
 

New-Mill

During a discussion with a student about pop music – which revolved mainly around me dissing modern pop – Raj (that’s his name) challenged me to cite worthy music from the new millennium (he was born in the late 90s, after all) and so, here are ten examples (and yes, many of these artists started before the year 2000, but why should that matter?). Enjoy.

BECK – THE GOLDEN AGE (2002)

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PoPTV: HONEYMOON BY CHEATING SONS

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Apr 242015
 

The new Cheating Sons single “Honeymoon” has an official music video. Directed by Frankie Pan, it’s otherworldliness contrasts intriguingly with the retro vibe of the song itself. Check it out!

Get the track from Bandcamp!

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PoPTV: MAX JURY – HOME

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Apr 092015
 

Max Jury - The Untitled Magazine - Photography by Indira Cesarine

My favourite new artist of 2015! No contest.

Max releases a video of “Home”, off his upcoming highly anticipated debut album.

To these ears, the inspirations of John Lennon, ELO, Gram Parsons, Wilco and Ryan Adams come together nicely with Max’s melancholy sweet larynx to produce yet another instant classic.

Check out the video directed by Christophe Rihet.

Max is headed out on a USA and Canada tour in April 2015
Tickets: http://po.st/MaxTour

http://po.st/MaxJuryFacebook
http://po.st/MaxJuryTwitter
http://po.st/MaxJuryInstagram

… still there’s more … 

PoPTV: LOVE X STEREO – WE LOVE, WE LEAVE (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

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Apr 072015
 

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Love X Stereo‘s “We Love, We Leave” gets a music video that visualises its conceptual thrust perfectly. The video itself is ambitious, arty and yes, sexy – leaving a throbbing mess that usually comes as a result of conjugal action. The song, already a powerfully appealing single in its own right lifts off when set to these tempting visuals. Kudos to all involved. Don’t feel guilty if you enjoy it too much…

Follow Love X Stereo
http://facebook.com/lovexstereo
http://twitter.com/lovexstereo
http://soundcloud.com/lovexstereo
http://instagram.com/lovexstereo
http://lovexstereo.com

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PoPTV: THE CROWD – PASIR RIS SUNRISE LYRIC VIDEO

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Apr 052015
 

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KAMCO Music will re-issue The Crowd’s Pop album this coming Friday, 10th April. So I was thinking – what could I do to raise awareness about this event? Well, as you all know, a lyric video of one of the songs might do the trick. And so, I put together my first ever lyric video on iMovie and it only took this old fart of an amateur to get it done! The song I chose was “Pasir Ris Sunrise” which seems to have resonated with some folks despite being 18 years old. Hope you enjoy!

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PoPTV: THE NEW ROCK N ROLL

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Mar 252015
 

POPTV

Regular visitors to Power of Pop will be aware that I am always harping on there not being enough bands/artists parlaying classic pop-rock styles into modern rock. Well actually, that’s not entirely true. I mean, in the sense that there certainly are bands/artists who like me are rather besotted with the pop-rock music of the 60s/70s, it’s just a question of discovering them. And discovering these bands/artists I have been in the last couple of days (thanks in part to Ed Khoo’s recommendation of Tobias Jesso Jr). So, of course, I’d like to share just some of these discoveries with you, kind reader.

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Mar 212015
 

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Finally! The lyric video for “I Want What I Can’t Have” is online. I want to thank film-maker Michael Lim for putting this together in a very short time.

This video release is the first one under KAMCO Music’s distribution deal with Believe Digital and I want to thank Syaheed and Dawn over at Believe Digital for assistance with this.

Look out for the re-issues of #alpacablues, Emo FASCISM and @midnight on 27th March on all digital distribution platforms.

Thanks also to Hood Bar and Cafe for the wonderful location!

Please share if you like.

PoPTV: BLUR – GO OUT

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Feb 202015
 

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Blur is back! This time with the original lineup!!

New album ‘The Magic Whip’ out April 27.

New single “Go Out” sounds like a Bowie outtake from Low, not necessarily a bad thing but… not quite the comeback I was expecting. Ah well.

Pre-order now and get the track “Go Out” instantly:
Amazon http://smarturl.it/apoTMW
iTunes http://smarturl.it/iTMW
Official Store http://smarturl.it/osTMW

PoPTV: BRIAN WILSON – THE RIGHT TIME FT. AL JARDINE & DAVID MARKS

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Feb 202015
 

POPTV

Brian Wilson has a new album – No Pier Pressure – coming out soon. The album will be released on Capitol Records on April 7th 2015 and will be produced by Joe Thomas.

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Main concern – Thomas tends to favour a very professional slick sound which somewhat flattens out any of Brian’s idiosyncratic tendencies. Compare Thomas’ production on the lacklustre Imagination to that on the incredible Smile album (shepherded by the talented Darian Sahanaja) and you can understand the anxiety.

In any case, the new single “The Right Time” sounds about right, though it’s not quite sure whether ‘right’ is the way to go for Brian. Sigh.

Pre-order on iTunes and get “The Right Time” immediately: http://smarturl.it/BrianWilson

PoPTV – THIS IS ROCK!

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Feb 062015
 

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Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated as “rock and roll” in the United States in the 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. (W. E. Studwell and D. F. Lonergan, The Classic Rock and Roll Reader: Rock Music from its Beginnings to the mid-1970s)

So yeah, rock came from 40s/50s rock ‘n’ roll, which in turn is a form of pop music. So even The Carpenters or ABBA is rock, by that definition. So I am always comfortable to use the terms “pop” and “rock” fairly interchangeably, and get rather annoyed by the insane categorizations that is now so common.

In that light, let’s take a look at some of the different kinds of pop music, I am confident to label as ROCK!

BLUES

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PoPTV: BIRTHING THE POST-PUNK

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Feb 022015
 

Kraftwerk

Punk is conveniently used as the defining moment in the 70s where the rock scene was fractured bringing about bands/artists with more arty, conceptual and experimental sensibilities. Of course, by the mid-80s post-punk or new wave or whatever the hell you wanted to call it became the norm and by the 90s, something else had come along i.e. grunge and alt-rock. It’s revival in the last 15 years or so has rendered the ‘movement’ a fashion trend and nothing more. But it’s worth looking back to those special moments in the 70s, where the seeds were planted…

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PoPTV: SEZAIRI – “JANGAN COBA BERLARI” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

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Jan 282015
 

Sezairi

We’re digging the new Malay single from Sezairi – “Jangan Coba Berlari” (roughly translated as “Don’t try to run”) as it oozes the smooth classic pop-soul vibe that the singer-songwriter has made his name on.

The song was written by well-respected Indonesian pop singer Tulus and was produced in Bandung as well, with the final result reflective of that fact.

The video (directed by Helmindra) is highly watchable — cleverly made up of various long takes — and complements the intimate nature of the song itself. Check it out!

Web: http://www.sezairisezali.net
Instagram/Twitter: @sezairi
YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/subscribetosezairi

 

PoPTV

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Jan 122015
 

POPTV

Music videos of new releases PoP will be covering soon…

JONATHAN RUNDMAN “PRIORITIZE US”

Off upcoming new album Look Up.

FERAL CONSERVATIVES “MISFIRE”

Off upcoming new EP, The Feeling Noise Becomes.

JSMN “MY WAY”

Off the JSMN (Blue Album) out now!

… still there’s more … 

PoPTV: PASTELPOWER – OH, LOUIE

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Jan 042015
 

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This came out on Christmas Eve but better late than never as Cherie Ko hams it up as forlorn & neglected housewife on this official music video for “Oh, Louie”. The song is suitably retro and thus Power of Pop fans would eat this up ravenously and the video has sufficient cuteness overload as well. Sorted on all counts.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pastelpower
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cherieko
Instagram: http://instagram.com/cherieko