PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL !!! GOSPELBEACH – ANOTHER SUMMER OF LOVE

Brent Rademaker is a shining example of what a singer-songwriter-musician inspired by the right influences can achieve in respect of our beloved retro-pop music. Already a PoP legend for his work with Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde, Rademaker returned to music making in a big way with GospelbeacH.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : CIGARETTES AFTER SEX – S/T

New buzzworthy band Cigarettes After Sex take their visual and sonic cues from 1980s post-punk and the revival that has burned in earnest about a decade or so again. So whilst, their branding is very much Joy Division and Interpol in focus, there is chilled-out vibe about their songwriting and performance on their eponymous debut full-length.

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POP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : GABRIEL GARZÓN-MONTANO – JARDIN

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!

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REEL TO REAL : POP AYE – ENNUI ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE

Photo by Chananun Chotrungroj.

Perhaps it’s long been put to bed that despite itself, creativity does not vacate a personality raised in risk adverse Singapore but every now and then, it is worth reminding ourselves how far we have come from the cultural desert that was Singapore in the 1980s. The latest example – Kirsten Tan’s Pop Aye.

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POP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : CORIN ASHLEY – BROKEN BISCUITS

Corin Ashley (courtesy photo)

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.

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POP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : GRETCHEN’S WHEEL – SAD SCIENTIST

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.

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