After teasing a couple of excellent singles (“Ginger Ale” and “Baby” in particular), the debut EP of Vancouver’s Hotel Mira has dropped today.
My favourite music revels in eclecticism – taking basic building blocks and constructing wildly imaginative creations that impress and surprise even the most jaded of music experts.
There’s a slinky 60s pop vibe around L.A. band Livingmore that is simply irresistible.
The Pop Underground lives on in new Power Pop Rock N Roll releases like Michael Slawter’s Last Call for Breaking Hearts.
Continuing our look back at our review history. Here’s one from 2002!
Coat of Many Cupboards
Be warned! This 4-CD box is NOT for neophytes but for the diehard fans who can’t wait to get their grubby hands on any XTC material.
Another blast from the past out of the PoP archives. One of our favourite albums of 2001!
The Rosenbergs have created a bit of brouhaha with their turning down a spot on Jimmy (Iovine) and Doug’s (Morris) Farmclub.com due to unfavorable contractual terms in favor of a more progressive deal with Discipline Global Mobile, the label co-owned by Robert (King Crimson) Fripp and David Singleton.
The Lemon Twigs (aka Brian and Michael D’Addario) recently announced that their second album, Go to School, would be released by 4AD on August 24th.
Astral Drive is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s that only existed in his own mind. A labour of love that is very much the statement of a lifelong music fan living in the modern world. (Official bio)
Back in 2009, this is what I wrote about Paul Steel’s debut album, Moon Rock.
“Favouring dense instrumentation and arrangements, melodic hooks galore, whimsical moments and trainspotting references, Moon Rock is one of those albums that true pop enthusiasts will obsess over for weeks on repeat mode, headphones on, salivating over every nuance.”
Almost two decades ago, I wrote these words.
“I’m so crazy about Speaking of the Davenports that I’m almost scared stiff to write about it.”
Five years in the making, this new Shelves EP is a kick in the arse for Singapore music as far as melodic rock is concerned.
The Sleeves are back with a cracking new album! The Hong Kong – based quartet self-released their debut album Arcade Rock in 2011.
The follow-up Deliverance was recorded in Cambodia, mixed in Hong Kong and mastered at Air Studios in London.
Here’s another blast from the past for this throwback Thursday – a 2003 review of one of my favourite artists!
90s Britrockers Ash return to Singapore to promote their latest release, Islands.
Always a joy to discover a new artist that embraces the full potential of rock ‘n’ roll. On his new EP – Water Into Gold – Eric Frisch, digs deep into the well of country-folk goodness to deliver three gorgeous songs.
Guitarist Andy Gill might be the only original member of Gang of Four remaining but that does not take away from the vitality or relevance of the band’s new music.
Indie rock legend Johnny Marr returns with his third solo album Call the Comet.
New song “Baby” ups the ante with a sophisticated arrangement that belies its melodic simplicity. Running gamut from funk to alt-rock to soul-pop, “Baby” is a triumph of determined songwriting without sacrificing an iota of hooky satisfaction.
The trio will be releasing a collection of six songs on August 17th. Can hardly wait!
… still there’s more …
This new EP from BMX Bandits is a classic pop extravaganza!
Since its formation in 2009, Iron Lamb has made it their quest to search for that original rock ‘n’ roll formula and avoid all the trends of late.
Good news for S-ROCK fans as Mannequins finally launch their new EP – Four – on Saturday 23th June.
Maggie Rogers releases her first new music of 2018 with “Fallingwater”.
Philadelphia-based band Oldermost, have announced the release of their fourth album, How Could You Ever Be The Same? (out July 13th via AntiFragile Music). In conjunction, the band is sharing the album’s rollicking, anthemic lead single “The Danger of Belief”.
Singer-songwriter Axel Loughrey – previously a solo artist on All Sorted!?! Records – is now part of Junky Love (with Deniz Erdal), a new three piece rock n roll band based in London.
Astral Drive is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s that only existed in his own mind. A labour of love that is very much the statement of a lifelong music fan living in the modern world.