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    Call it therapy

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 03/03/2019

    » While most people may not be familiar with Julia Michaels, chances are they have more than one occasion heard (and even sung along to) the songs she wrote. The 25-year-old American songwriter, if you must know, is the force behind some of the biggest pop hits from over the past few years including Justin Bieber's Sorry, Selena Gomez's Bad Liar and Hands To Myself, and Gwen Stefani's Used To Love You. But after realising that some of the songs she penned spoke to her more than it would any of the industry's A-listers, she decided to carve her path as a solo artist -- the move marked by the release of her 2017's debut single, Issues, followed by the seven-track EP, Nervous System.


    Widescreen memories

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 20/01/2019

    » Ever since I embarked on this music-criticism journey some five years ago, it's always been a personal mission of mine to be as diverse as possible when it comes to the albums I choose to review. While I'd like to think that mainstream and independent/left-field artists are equally given a chance to shine in this column, there's still a whole world of music out there that needs its due recognition. Which brings me to drummer-turned-piano virtuoso Eiko Ishibashi, a celebrated Japanese musician who, thanks to US-based label Drag City, is getting her releases outside of her native Japan.


    The 1975 returns to Bangkok after four years

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 14/12/2018

    » After four years, Manchester-based indie pop-rock outfit The 1975 returns to Bangkok as part of the Asian leg of their 2019 world tour.


    The Heart Stays Broken

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 08/04/2018

    » Toni Braxton/ Sex &Cigarettes


    Stunning chorus of molam sounds 

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 31/03/2015

    » One of the delights of hearing the morning dawn chorus of birds here in Bangkok and indeed many Asian cities is the sound of the Asian or common koel (Eudynamys scolopacea), which in Thai is called nok ka-wow. I can mimic the sound of the koel roughly with a whistle, but khaen player Sombat Simla echoes the bird's sound exactly in the middle of a molam tune, with effortless ease. He can also mimic horns, ambulances and police cars, disco beats and synth drums, and the sound of heavy traffic. But his tour de force, which I've written about before, is the sound of a train journey, complete with traffic crossings and the calls of barbecue chicken vendors.


    Top of the Pops

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 29/04/2018

    » Pentatonix/ PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I


    Hot-Blooded, Yet Understated

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 04/03/2018

    » Rhye/ Blood On Rhye's 2013 debut album Woman, Toronto vocalist Mike Milosh and Copenhagen multi-instrumentalist/producer Robin Hannibal crafted a collection of sensual, soft-focus tunes that explored the deeper facets of relationships and physical intimacy.


    La Vie En Rose

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 06/08/2017

    » Amid the dusty Americana iconography and unshakable gloom, Lana Del Rey's fourth album manages to be her most optimistic output yet.


    The Indie pioneers back with a Fuller Sound

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 27/08/2017

    » Grizzly Bear's first album in five years is a compositionally and emotionally complex work that attests to their artistry.


    Rihanna rides into New York Fashion Week like a rock star

    Associated Press, Published on 11/09/2017

    » Rihanna didn't walk into New York Fashion Week. She rode through it.

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