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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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BRITISH SEA POWER – LET THE DANCERS INHERIT THE PARTY

Art-rockers British Sea Power are back with a brand new album – its sixth – and it’s a glorious return to the exhilarating, bright-minded guitar music that earned them their breakout nomination for the 2003 Mercury Music Prize as they cover subject matter ranging from the stars in the night sky to the methodology of media manipulation. 

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