A casual observer of the local music scene would not find acoustic-based singer-songwriter Nicholas Chim’s adoption of electronic arrangements a surprise, as this has become rather trendy in 2017.
Terrific news for the PoP faithful as Tahiti 80’s Xavier Boyer releases his debut solo album, Some / Any / New!
Would be fair to assert that singer-songwriter Beck has generally covered three distinctive styles in his career thus far – country-folk roots, urban hip-hop R&B and post-modern pop-rock.
Singer-songwriter Karla Kane takes time away from The Corner Laughers to come up with a delightful solo album.
For the 2nd single off her upcoming new EP, singer-songwriter Jean Tan opts for a retro jazz-pop approach for “Walls”.
It’s not too difficult to place Jennie Vee’s influences. The atmospheric, banks of guitar style on new EP Suffer are highly reminiscent of 80s/90s dream pop / shoegaze.
Howard Ivans is really the musical vehicle for singer-songwriter Ivan Howard’s creative impulses. Howard is no stranger to the modern indie rock landscape being a integral member of The Rosebuds and GAYNGS.
Rina Sawayama is back with another genre-bending single!
Faith Healer is yet another present from the music gods themselves, to re-assure us that pop excellence is still with us in 2017.
For his 4th studio album, classic pop singer-songwriter Dent May continues his explorations into elegant and whimsical pop music.
Yacht rock lovers rejoice as singer-songwriter Michael McDonald comes up with Wide Open, his first album in almost a decade.
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.
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.
The third album since Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s comeback with History of Modern in 2010 finds the duo of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys revert to their earliest Kraftwerk-influenced sound on The Punishment of Luxury.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (a.k.a. singer-songwriter Kip Berman) continues to do what he does best – filter a deep affection for 80s indie pop into contemporary rock structures, with some aplomb.
London-based pop futurist Rina Sawayama recently shared the video for her new single “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome”.
Beck is back with what seems like a more upbeat approach as compared to the melancholy Morning Phase (2014).
Aspiring ambient indie pop duo Causeway Youth make their bow with debut single “You Got Me”.
Comforting to note that Grizzly Bear have about two million monthly listeners at Spotify – which means that their brand of eclectic experimental pop music does have an audience.
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.
One of the better pop releases we have listened to this year is the new album from Human Heat (a.k.a. Alex Schaaf) – All Is Too Much.
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.
Lofi minimalist indie pop is the name of the game for Tall Friend.
Nick Heyward – best known as the cherubic frontman of 80s pop band Haircut 100 is back with another excellent retro-pop album – Woodland Echoes.
Dark Matter is Randy Newman’s first album of new songs in nine years and it is as smart, cynical and yet sentimental as one might expect.