SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT | POP POWER !!! : JEAN TAN – WALLS

For the 2nd single off her upcoming new EP, singer-songwriter Jean Tan opts for a retro jazz-pop approach for “Walls”.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : LINDA PERHACS – I’M A HARMONY

Rock is dead? Well, maybe as far as the mainstream is concerned BUT thanks to the internet, singer-songwriters like Linda Perhacs continue to make awesome new music for an appreciative albeit niche audience.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : NIKKI LANE – HIGHWAY QUEEN

The legendary Gram Parsons once remarked that “country rock” was a misnomer and for him, rock ‘n’ roll included country music. Well, that certainly applies to Nikki Lane and new album Highway Queen.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : DENT MAY – ACROSS THE MULTIVERSE

For his 4th studio album, classic pop singer-songwriter Dent May continues his explorations into elegant and whimsical pop music.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | LEGENDS : BRUCE COCKBURN – BONE ON BONE

Legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn is back with Bone on Bone, his first album since 2011 and it’s a cracker!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : MICHAEL MCDONALD – WIDE OPEN

Yacht rock lovers rejoice as singer-songwriter Michael McDonald comes up with Wide Open, his first album in almost a decade.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : BITTERSWEET MACHINES – TALKING TO GHOSTS EP

The PoP faithful would be by now, familiar with our love and respect for one-man-band Bittersweet Machines (a.k.a. Matt Mocharnuk) and his ongoing obsession with channelling 80s post-punk into modern rock vignettes.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT | ETHEL YAP – S/T EP

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Singer-songwriter Ethel Yap’s eponymous debut EP is a joyous demonstration of mature songwriting.

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LIVE NEWS | MUSIC MATTERS LIVE 2017 : DEON

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DEON remains one of our great pop-rock exponents in the local music scene. It’s been awhile since we featured DEON here and are thankful that Music Matters Live 2017 provides us with this opportunity as we talked to Deon Toh, the voice behind the band.

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PoPTV | POP POWER !!! : ONE MAN PLAN – WITHOUT QUESTION

Nothing too outstanding about the song or the arrangements. In fact “Without Question” sounds like a lot of modern acoustic soul pop music. But it stands out because of its message.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : IZZY ROCKS – METAMORPHOSIS

We are writing about Izzy Rocks not because his new album – Metamorphosis – is slickly produced, perfectly played or market researched to an inch of its life.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : RYAN JOSEPH ANDERSON – CITY OF VINES

Damn, this is an easy album to get into. Singer-songwriter Anderson has followed up his acclaimed 2014 debut, The Weaver’s Broom, with the stunning City of Vines.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PROG POP : STEVEN WILSON – TO THE BONE

For his latest album, To the Bone, singer-songwriter Steven Wilson was very specific about the type of sound he was trying to achieve viz. 80s progressive pop.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT : GENTLE BONES – JU1Y

Got to hand it to Gentle Bones (a.k.a Joel Tan). The Singaporean singer-songwriter first came to public attention in late 2013 with his Ed Sheeran-channeling debut single, “Until We Die”.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : FERNANDO PERDOMO – THE GOLDEN HOUR

Broken record time – 2017 has been an astonishingly bountiful year for lovers of POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! Add another fine record to the burgeoning list – Fernando Perdomo’s instant classic, The Golden Hour.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : PAUL DRAPER – SPOOKY ACTION

Popular British 90s band Mansun were best known for their eclectic art-rock style that brought them critical acclaim and commercial success. Led by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Paul Draper, Mansun released four albums and split in 2003.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : NICK HEYWARD – WOODLAND ECHOES

Nick Heyward – best known as the cherubic frontman of 80s pop band Haircut 100 is back with another excellent retro-pop album – Woodland Echoes.

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BANDCAMP DISCOVERY | POP POWER!!! : NICOLE ATKINS – GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE

Nicole Atkins is a brilliant retro-pop singer-songwriter that is intent on reviving the styles of 50s crooner music, 60s psychedelia, soul music, and the Brill Building style of writing in her work.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : RYAN WONG – MORE MILK EP

Ryan Wong (Cool Ghouls) finds time to release his own solo side project, a six-track EP, called More Milk.

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PoPTV | POP POWER!!! : EMMA CHARLESTON – DON’T WAIT UP

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Check out the impressive music video of a studio rendition (at Berklee College of Music, no less) of Emma Charleston’s “Don’t Wait Up”.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER !!! : DHANI HARRISON – ALL ABOUT WAITING

Dhani Harrison’s first solo album IN///PARALLEL will be released on October 6 through BMG. He recently shared the first single from the album “All About Waiting”.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT : TEASHHUR + MITCH ADVENT

We believe that the best music made in Singapore is more than a match for any music made elsewhere and there is the reason for the SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT.

We want to spotlight these talented musicians from the Singapore music scene for the world to recognise and patronise!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : RALEGH LONG – UPWARDS OF SUMMER

This gorgeous new album from singer-songwriter Ralegh Long has been out for a bit but better late than never, we say!

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BILLY RAFFOUL – DRIVER

Heartening to note that the major labels are still supporting pop-rock! Check out the music video for Billy Raffoul’s debut single, “Driver”.

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