By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio
This week’s post, from just two days ago, featuring a somewhat psychedelic iteration of the phrase “Can I Pet Your Cat,” stretched into a somewhat out-of-whack statement of purpose, was not without purpose, as you may have imagined.
The post was designed to see if the phrase, simply stated, rang any bells for fans of the kind of melodic pop we feature in these hallowed pages. Perhaps some bells were found to be ringing; if so, jolly good. You knew, being so well informed, that the phrase “Can I Pet Your Cat” can be seen on the green t-shirt worn by Austrian singer-songwriter Stefanie Drexler, who records under the name Dear Stella, on the cover of her tremendously entertaining, six-song EP entitled Time Zones.
I am thrilled to announce that Stefanie joins me for the first Winter 2021 episode of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation this coming Tuesday, February 2 at 11:45 am EST, right here and exclusively on the Pure Pop Radio website. All of our In Conversation interviews are presented in See! Hear! Pop!, Pure Pop Radio’s finely-tuned video-riffic sight and sound format, which draws you into the back and forth on offer like no other process imaginable.
Perhaps you have been enjoying Dear Stella’s Time Zones EP and suggesting to your friends that they join you in experiencing its wonders. If so, well, that’s a beautiful thing. If you haven’t yet heard any or all of the six songs on this terrific EP, two of them await you below. Go on, listen…I’ll wait.
There. Pretty swell, right? Every year, untold numbers of albums, EPs and singles are released by both new and new-to-you melodic pop artists. Dear Stella’s EP rises to the toppermost of that poppermost, in my opinion, drawing on a variety of approaches to the song as employed by such well-known purveyors of pop as Bleu, Eric Barao, David Myhr, Kai Danzberg, and Jellyfish, all of whom figure directly or indirectly in Stefanie’s songs. From the opening, joyous, smiling and catchy kitchen sink approach of “Time Machine” to the gorgeous closing ballad, “Brighton Beach,” which draws a knowing parallel between distance and affection, Time Zones is nothing less than one of the best releases of 2020.
And you’ll get to hear all about this so-very-very-good collection of songs this coming next Tuesday, February 2, right here on the Pure Pop Radio website, when Stefanie Drexler joins me on the latest episode of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, presented in See! Hear! Pop!, Pure Pop Radio’s finely-tuned video-riffic sight and sound format. Don’t miss this joyful, rather charming 45-minute-long chat.
Sit back and enjoy two songs from the Time Zones EP to whet your appetite for next Tuesday’s in-depth discussion. Enjoy listening to “Time Machine” and “Brighton Beach.”
See you back here in just five days–Tuesday, February 2, at 11:45 am EST.
Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, hosted by Alan Haber, is the internet’s premier talk show presenting melodic pop music artists talking about their work. Interviews are presented in See! Hear! Pop!, Pure Pop Radio’s finely-tuned video-riffic sight and sound format. New episodes appear here exclusively on the Pure Pop Radio website. Podcast versions of previously-presented episodes are archived here.
Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the premier website covering the melodic pop scene with in-depth reviews of new and reissued recordings, interviews, and a wide variety of features.