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Monday, August 29, 2016

Sneak preview: Last Year At Marienbad by Parralox

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last week, we highlighted the fantastic Parralox remix of "How About No" by Real Experts. This week, Parralox released a sneak preview of a new song called "Last Year At Marienbad."

Now, before we get to the song, you might like to know that title and theme of the song are about the 1961 French-Italian film Last Year At Marienbad. While we haven't seen the movie, a quick trip over to Wikipedia gave us the plot, which we edited down for your convenience ...

At a château, a man approaches a woman. He claims they met the year before at Marienbad. The woman insists they have never met. There is a second man, who may be the woman's husband.

The sneak preview of the song was featured in The Notorious New Wave Show hosted by Gina Achord. While the whole show is lovely, you can hear the new Parralox song by skipping to 14:35. However, don't go too far as it doesn't let you rewind. Oh, and follow along with the lyrics here.

How incredible was that? The female vocalist on the track is Louise Love, who also sang on a couple of Parralox tracks on Holiday '15. And in January of this year, we featured Louise's solo song "Get Back." In February of this year, Naomi Arnold wrote a lovely review of a live Louise Love performance

And of course, the male vocalist on "Last Year At Marienbad" is Parralox mastermind John von Ahlen. Read our interview with him by clicking on his name.

When will "Last Year At Marienbad" be available for purchase? According to the Parralox website, it will be released in November on their forthcoming album titled Subculture.

As always, like Parralox's Facebook page for the latest updates. And while you are there, like the Poptastic Confessions Facebook page, too!

Cheers then,

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Parachute by Galavant featuring Clara Mae

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Hopefully you have fallen in love with the summer release of "Strip" by Clara Mae. If you haven't, click on the title and check it out. In the meantime, Clara has released a new song called "Parachute" with Galavant. 

Just who are Galavant? We didn't know either. But they are a Swedish production duo who have already had another fabulous song out this year (that we just found out about) called "Lightweight." 
The handsome men of Galavant!

"Parachute" starts off sounding like a piano mid-tempo ballad, but then turns into a delightful happy melody. And Clara's vocals really are delightful. Just have a listen ...

Wasn't that fun? Yes, it was. Here is lovely photo of Clara ...

The beautiful Clara Mae

Well, you are in luck! As both "Parachute" and "Lightweight" are both available on digital outlets everywhere. Don't delay! Buy your copies today!

Cheers then,

P.S. To keep up with the latest updates on both artists, like their Facebook pages here: Clara Mae and Galavant

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Catching Feelings by Alice D

Hey there, Poptastic Readers!

UK singer/songwriter Alice D has dropped another jam called "Catching Feelings." And it will have you moving in no time!

Now you might remember that Alice D had an amazing song out earlier this year in April called "Only You." And if you didn't buy it and put it on your summer playlist, then don't delay! Download it now!
So when I first listened to the new song "Catching Feelings," it reminded me (in a good way) of the Sugababes around the time of their Three album. Yet, more updated. Hard to describe, but have a listen here ...

That was fun!

Currently, "Catching Feelings" is only available to listen to on SoundCloud. However, when it comes available for download, we will let you know.

Cheers then,

P.S. For the latest updates on Alice D, like her official Facebook page. And if you missed our interview with Alice two years ago now, then click the link!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How About No (Parralox Remix) by Real Experts

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Parralox has remixed the latest single from UK synthpop group Real Experts and the result is absolutely POPtastic! The song is called about "How About No."

I hadn't heard the original version of the song before I saw it pop up on my Facebook newsfeed when Parralox posted it. As soon as I heard the song, I immediately wanted to start dancing! The mix is so good. At first, I even wondered if John from Parralox was on lead vocals. But no, it isn't him. The singer delivers some FABULOUS vocals. Check out the fabulous remix here ...

Isn't that wonderful? I just absolutely LOVE it! Makes me long for new Parralox music! 

Currently, the original version of "How About No" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Parralox's remix will be released on a forthcoming remix album of Real Experts.

In the meantime, remember to like the Facebook pages of both Parralox and Real Experts.

Cheers then,

Monday, August 22, 2016

People Grinnin by NERVO ft. The Child of Lov

Dear Poptastic Readers,

The last two posts have been about twin-sister duos (Tegan and Sara & Say Lou Lou), so naturally I went to check out what twin-sister duo NERVO are up to. And they have new song featuring The Child of Lov called "People Grinnin."

Basically what is sounds like a man singing a gospel song over some electronic beats and a lovely guitar riff. Check out the video ...

Too bad NERVO don't sing. Imagine if all three duos of twins collaborated on a song! Make it happen I say! And when it does, remember you read it here first in Poptastic Confessions!

"People Grinnin" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today.

Cheers then,

P.S. You might remember that NERVO came in at #6 last year in our Top 20 Countdown of 2015 with their song "The Other Boys." And when we did our Top 100 Girl Groups earlier this year, NERVO came in at #84.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Stayin' Alive by Say Lou Lou

Well hello again, Poptastic Readers,

It only seems fitting that we feature yet another set of twins after our last post about Tegan and Sara. The dream-pop duo Say Lou Lou are back and with a cover of the classic Bee Gees' tune "Stayin' Alive."

As you can imagine, it isn't the disco stomper of the original. Well, just have a listen ...

Well there you go! Say Lou Lou's version of "Stayin' Alive" is available on digital outlets everywhere.

Cheers then,

P.S. Remember to like their Facebook page for the latest updates! Remember that Poptastic Confessions have liked them for sometime now.

In in our 2014 Countdown, Say Lou Lou had two songs in our Top 20!

"Games For Girls" came in at #13
"Everything We Touch" came in at #18

In our 2015 Countdown, they had one song in our Top 20!

"Nothing But A Heartbeat" came in at #17

Say Lou Lou came in at #59 on our list of Top 100 Girl Groups!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Love You To Death by Tegan and Sara

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Sometimes we can be a little late to the party, but better late than never! Canadian duo Tegan and Sara released their latest album earlier this year called Love You To Death. And it is fantastic!

The twin sisters have been making music for many years, but came to international attention with "Everything Is Awesome" with The Lonely Island from The Lego Movie. While that was a fun song, I'm happy to report the album sounds nothing like that. And if you love pop music, you should really check it out.

"Boyfriend" was the first single. And it is a great pop song filled with heartache. Check out the video.

Wasn't that fabulous? But it gets better! My favorite track on the album is called "U-turn" and check out the fun video ...

If that wasn't enough, they have made videos for many of the songs. Check out the videos for "BWU" (which stands for Be With You), the dog-friendly "100x", a lip-synch contest video for "Faint Of Heart", and an animation video for "Hang On To The Night." AMAZING!

And it looks like the next single is the upbeat "Stop Desire." Stay tuned for that!

Love You To Death is available on digital outlets everywhere. Don't delay! Go buy your copy today!

Cheers then,

P.S. You might remember that when we did our countdown of our favorite Top 100 Girl Groups earlier this year, Tegan and Sara came in at #83. I think if we have this countdown in a few years, you will definitely see a big jump for them. All because of this amazing album.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Back To You by Mollie King

Dear Poptastic Readers,

All hail the King! Mollie King that is! Who is she? Why she was easily the most adorable member of UK girl group The Saturdays. For the record, the other Saturdays all have their charms, too. Well, Mollie has released her debut single today, and it is amazing song called "Back To You."

The song is a bit like a power ballad, but not a ballad at all. Instead, a mid-tempo power dub-stepish pop song that will have you singing the chorus after hearing it only once. And her record label have gone all out for an amazing video!

Hooray! No matter what the fickle UK charts may show, Mollie has successfully launched her solo career. And good for her!

"Back To You" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today!

DOWNLOAD ON iTUNES: http://po.st/BTY10

Cheers then,

P.S. Don't forget to like Mollie's Facebook page!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

In The Morning by Sannie

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Sannie is back with her second single this year. You might remember her single "How Long?" that was out this spring. Her latest single is called "In The Morning."

Now why is Sannie so familiar? She used to go by the name Whigfield, and she is probably best known for her 1994 mega-hit "Saturday Night." However, we fell in love with Whigfield's 2012 mini-album W. That featured the song "4ever" — which came in on our 2012 countdown at #4.

But now Sannie is using her real name to release music. And "In The Morning" is an epic mid-tempo dance track. The video is stunning and it wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it is beautifully filmed. Have a look!

Amazing, right? Yes, it was.

"In The Morning" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Go ahead and buy your copy today.

Cheers then!

P.S. Remember to like Sannie's official Facebook page. And there is also a Sannie Fan Community on Facebook.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Heartlines by Broods

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Sorry for the two-week gap, but I took a mini vacation. Anyhow, on my way to work yesterday, I saw an Instagram sponsored ad for Broods. I liked the way the looked and I checked them out. They have a new song called "Heartlines" that is quite good!

Broods are siblings Caleb and Georgia

I went to their Facebook page, and I had already "liked" their Facebook page. So they must have sparked my interest before! They are a sibling duo from New Zealand. While I can't recall why I initially liked them, they had the following singles: "Bridges", "Never Gonna Change", "Mother & Father", "L.A.F.", "Four Walls" and their single earlier this spring "Free."

Check out the fabulous video for their new single "Heartlines" ...

Wasn't that lovely? Yes!

"Heartlines"  and "Free" are both featured on the duo's sophomore album called Conscious and both are available on digital outlets everywhere.

Don't delay. Buy your copy today!

Cheers then,

Monday, August 1, 2016

Drugstore Lovin by Rebecca & Fiona

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Our favorite Swedish duo Rebecca & Fiona are back with a fantastic new song called "Drugstore Lovin." And lucky for you, it was released today! Just in time for the weekend!

"Durgstore Lovin" is their first single of 2016. Their last single "Sayonara" came out at the end of 2015. And in both songs, Rebecca & Fiona drop the F-bomb. But at least this time it is a bit more hidden. Having said that, I quite like the song. Check out the music video, it's fun ...

If that wasn't awesome enough, check out this video where the duo are giving an outside live performance ...

Wasn't that a fun summer song? Love the chorus! And I just love their platform shoes!

"Drugstore Lovin" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Don't delay! Buy it today!

Cheers then,