Like many of her releases, singer/songwriter Priscilla Ahn’s new album is a Japan-only release. It consists of 10 songs that she wrote for Studio Ghibli’s 2014 animated film Omoide no Marnie. And the album is making me really, really want to see the film. Each of the 10 songs, which are largely folk, are quite...Read more
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ENTOMBED A.D.: BACK TO THE FRONT Thrash music has been pretty lame as of late, if you ask me. But perhaps listening to so much black metal and death metal has made thrash feel a bit too safe, too tame and too accessible. Likewise, there are far too many death metal acts out...Read more
I've long felt that Girl's Day were one of K-Pop's most under-rated girl groups, but I won't have to think that for much longer, as their awesome, new '50's throwback single, "Darling," is doing quite well for them. In fact, in just one day its super cute...
Capsule reviews — mini reviews — are something new here at Love is Pop. Not only are they shorter, they’re written in a more personal, almost spontaneous, blogging style. If you prefer shorter reviews like this, let me know. My reason for doing this is so that we can cover more albums by...Read more
French pop star Alizée’s career was launched after France’s most popular female pop star, Mylène Farmer, discovered her while watching the television program Graines de Star in 1999. The lyrics of Alizée’s first two albums, Gourmandises and Mes courants électriques, were written by Mylène herself with her writing partner Laurent Boutonnat composing the...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Recently, one of the publicists who consistently sends me great music — James at I.M.P. — sent me a press release about Juliette Jules, a young Parisian singer who was celebrating her 16th birthday by giving away her first EP, Black Crow. Being a big fan of French music,...Read more
If you don't like it when we post foreign language stuff then you'll want to stay away from this tune, which is an infectious slice of Italo pop, Roisin doing the old school Italian thing... And, we must say, she does it marvelously... Such a breath-taking tune....
Émilie Simon began her career with a self-titled release in 2003. I happened upon it by chance when I was looking for a few new CDs to buy on Amazon France, as I had been a French music junkie since 1997 or so. I had no idea what she was going to sound...Read more
Ninetails are a three piece band from Liverpool. As for what sort of band they are, well, that’s nearly impossible to say. Their songs are rather mold-breaking and don’t conform to the rules of any genre, so I suppose you could call them avant-garde, but then avant-garde artists tend to be really “out...Read more
by Michael McCarthy When I say that these are the “60 Best Albums of 2013,” I’m just saying that these were my favorite albums this year. I’m simply entitling this piece “60 Best Albums of 2013” instead of “60 Favorite Albums of 2013” because everyone always uses the term “Best Of,” not favorite....Read more
We recently unveiled the lyric video for Turkish singer/songwriter Emine Sari’s “Who Are You.” We were quite impressed with her unique blend of pop, jazz and swing. And her jazzy pop rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” was easily one of the most original covers we’d ever heard. Naturally, we were curious about this fascinating...Read more
Takatsuna Mukai is a multi-instrumentalist who plays electric violin, electric guitar, synthesizer and bass guitar, in addition to being a wizard with programming. Takatsuna first arrived in London in 1991 and has been busy making music, and doing other music-related projects, ever since. During his first decade in the UK, he collaborated with...Read more