PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : VARIOUS ARTISTS – THE BIG STIR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELING ROADSHOW COMPILATION

Power Pop! Without a doubt, one of the most marginalized musical genres out there in the modern rock wasteland right now. But this was the very genre that Power of Pop was originally set up to cover back in the late 90s – hence our name! In this context, a compilation album becomes very relevant as a mechanism to introduce new listeners to the genre and that’s where The Big Stir International Traveling Roadshow Compilation comes in.

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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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