Neil Gaiman is a critically acclaimed award-winning writer who started his career with comic books – notably on the fan favourite Sandman – and novels (viz. American Gods, Coraline, Stardust and The Graveyard Book).
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.
Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale reminded us of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle. Both are TV adaptations of award-winning critically acclaimed scifi novels that involve a dystopian reality, whether set in the past or the future.
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.
What does it all mean? Was The Leftovers one of the best TV drama series ever made? Or was it one of the worst?
The main challenges that faced Netflix’s political drama House of Cards was twofold. One, how to match the ongoing dramatic events happening in the Trump administration and two, how to maintain interest in a narrative that was slowly but surely running out of fresh ideas.
L.A. based singer-songwriter Kacey Johansing releases her third album, The Hiding, today.
There’s quite a bit to admire about electronic artist DOT (a.k.a. Kate Ellwanger) besides her refreshing perspective on music making, as evident on her album, Retrofuture (even the name is coolness itself!)
The key word here is “rocks”. Like in the rest of the music world, rock music seems to have lost its “hipness” in Singapore, with electro-jazz-soul being the preferred choice of the younger set nowadays.
Revered 90s pop-rock band BMX Bandits are back with a fab new album, BMX Bandits Forever!
The first studio album in nearly 25 years from Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters since Amused to Death (1992), as well as his first solo album in 12 years since Ça Ira (2005) finds Waters in familiar territory.
Elf Power formed in 1994 and over the last 23 years the band has released thirteen albums, two EPs, and a handful of singles while touring North America, Europe, and Japan many times.
Sweet Spirit released its sophomore album – St. Mojo – in April.
Big Walnuts Yonder is bassist/vocalist Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers), drummer Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and guitarist/vocalist Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos). It is not a supergroup. “It’s worlds colliding,” says Mike Watt.
Aussie alt-rock band Screamfeeder return with their first album in 12 years!
The Whistles & the Bells, the moniker of acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Simpson, returns with his sophomore album Modern Plagues via New West Records.
Pop classicist Captain Wilberforce is back with a exciting new album, Black Sky Thinking.
Considering how amazing and surprising the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was, when it was released in 2014, it is perhaps shocking (or maybe not) that its sequel matches not only its sheer entertainment quality but builds on the characters and relationships introduced in the original.
Our first impression of Third was hazy – there was something seemingly askew about Cait Brennan’s match of husky vocal and power pop rock n roll musicality.
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!
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.
Blues-rock still resonates, as Norway’s Captain Kill demonstrates on this visceral EP.
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.
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.