Welcome to Poptastic Confessions! This blog is dedicated to glorious, unashamed alternative pop music! We hope to share new music with you that you might not have heard before because it is usually overlooked by the masses. Of course, we'll always encourage you to buy the music legally to support the artists. Enjoy! —Davearama, editor of Poptastic Confessions
Indonesian popstar Anggun has a new single “What We Remember” and a new album! Who is Anggun? She had a big breakthrough hit with “Snow on the Sahara”
in 1997. She is most famous in France, where she’s been based since moving from
Indonesia in the late 90s.
Her new album, 8, was released in December, but we could only pay attention to it
now, and we love it. The lead single “What We Remember” starts as an
acoustic pop song, but as the chorus comes in it turns into a lovely dance
song. Her voice sounds amazing in it, as usual! She released the music video
for it recently, and she looks stunning in it! Have a look …
Dear Poptastic Readers, For the fourth year in a row, Parralox has released an album at the end of year in their Holiday series. Don't be fooled by the title, as it isn't always a Christmas theme. Instead, it is mostly made up of covers and the name was inspired by The Human League's Holiday '80. So far, Parralox have released Holiday '14, Holiday '15, Holiday '16, and you guessed it ... the latest release is Holiday '17.
First up on Holiday '17 is "O Tannenbaum" featuring Katja von Kassel. Yes, this is the original German lyrics that many of us English speakers know as "O Christmas Tree." This is a lovely version. Listen here.
Now this next track is the shining star in our opinion. It their remake of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" written by Stevie Nicks. This is simply AMAZING! Louise Love takes the lead vocals and her vocal warmup inspired John to cover the song. We love how Louise always gives a cool vocal performance, and she really shines on this. John also does a great job on backing vocals and he just makes the music so hypnotizing that you want to hit repeat as soon as it is done. We just can't get enough. Listen to Parralox's version here.
"I'm Not Scared" is the fourth track. It was originally recorded by the British group Eighth Wonder. However, it was written by the Pet Shop Boys. Louise takes on the vocals here. This is such a lush song. It's also a bit of a long one as it clocks in at over 7 minutes. Listen to it here.
The fifth track is a cover of Depeche Mode's "Shine." We weren't familiar with the original track as it appeared on their 2001 album Exciter and it wasn't a single. Kudos to Parralox for picking this jewel. John sings lead vocals to this one. Listen to it here.
The seventh track is another Depeche Mode cover. This time for the song "Fools." You guessed it. We didn't know this one either. It was the b-side to the band's 1983 single "Love, In Itself." John is lead here, too. Listen here.
The album ends with a cover of "Stop/Start" by The Assembly. This song was the b-side to the group's only single "Never Never." Vince Clark (of Erasure, and formerly of Depeche Mode) was in the group. This song is an instrumental. Have a listen to Parralox's version here. All-in-all, Holiday '17 is a great album, even if you have never heard the original songs before. It just makes it that much more special. You can hear the album on Spotify, but to really help support Parralox, please buy the music so they can have more money to keep making fabulous records. We've added our favourite "Dreams" and some other tracks to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.
Along the way, the lineup changed. Dawn left in 1997 before their third album leaving the group a trio. In 2001, Amanda joined as the fourth member, but later that same year, Maxine left. Amanda left in 2003 and in came Rhona. In 2005, Dawn and Maxine rejoined the group, and Rhona was out. However, by the end of 2005, Dawn left again. Rhona came back in 2006 and was with them until 2008, when (you guessed it) Dawn came back. This time, Dawn stayed until the end of 2011 when she left again. Then Maxine left again in early 2012. Rhona came back in 2012 and Terry, Dawn, and Rhona have been En Vogue ever since.
En Vogue 2012-Present: Terry, Cindy, and Rhona
However, if all those lineup changes weren't enough. Something else happened in 2012. Dawn and Maxine started performing as En Vogue with another singer named Shaunté. The two En Vogues went to court to see who would get the name. Terry and Dawn won and had the rights to name En Vogue. The other group disbanded. What a history! We'll admit, En Vogue have been off our radar for sometime and we didn't even know about all the lineup changes. We did know they were a trio as they came in at #17 in our favorite 100 girl groups countdown in 2016. Last month, we came across an Instagram ad of their new song "Rocket." We checked it out and we quite liked it. Perhaps you will like it too. Have a listen ...
Post Precious are a recently-formed pop duo
from LA. They have an amazing debut single — it’s the infectious synthpop
It sounds like something Kylie Minogue could
release and drive her fans crazy with (even though she already has a song called "Timebomb"). The exquisite music video for the song
was released just before Christmas. The choreography in it is very unusual and,
at the same time, lovely. And those scenes with sand blowing on their faces
look like they were very difficult to shoot. Have a look …
Dear Poptastic Readers, Ulrika released her third single of 2017 in December. The new song is called "Fire" and it is hot! Just what you need to keep warm this winter!
Ulrika gives another stunning vocal performance to this epic mid-tempo pop jam. We love that Ulrika's songs sound unique. The video really captures the love song spirit with the dance sequence. Have a look ...
Dear Poptastic Readers, We'll start this year off with bang by sharing with you the latest single from Infernal. It's a stomper called "Not Alone (Alo Elo Ele)."
"Not Alone (Alo Elo Ele)" is not the usual Infernal song. There is a prominent male vocal from someone named Reymar Rodriguez singing the "alo elo ele" part. Regular Infernal singer Lina sings the "we're not alone" and some other parts. The song is aimed right at the dance floor with electrifying synths. Have a listen ...