Favourite Five Recently Reviewed CDs

Five of the best albums from the recent postings at New Music From Elsewhere. Music too good to let slide into the archives. The Elsewhere place if you are looking for a quick fix of great and interesting albums.

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Gareth Thomas: Fizzy Milk (gareththomastunes.com)

20 Jun 2016  |  1 min read

In a cover so good you want it album-size to frame, this second solo album by Auckland songwriter Gareth Thomas – formerly of Goodshirt – really does fizz with addictive pop which exists at a very comfortable and happy midpoint between canny synth-pop and mainstream guitar pop-rock. And it's telling that the word “pop” appears there twice because Thomas and... > Read more

So Unbelievable

PET SOUNDS CONSIDERED (2016): Brian Wilson's gifts on display

7 Jun 2016  |  3 min read  |  1

There are two reasons to be excited about the 50th anniversary box set of the Beach Boys' classic album Pet Sounds being released next week (June 17). The first is that it exists at all – a whopping 104 tracks across the five CD version which includes mono and stereo mixes, instrumental backing tracks and live versions – and we can hear how the mind of its creator Brian... > Read more

Kevin Morby: Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)

23 May 2016  |  1 min read

On the cover of this frequently mesmerising album where the music and arrangements can take unexpected but subtle turns, Texas singer-songwriter Morby is a tiny figure caught in a dark landscape with a spot of mysterious colour (a fire). There seems to be a city of lights beyond the ridge. His songs are like this too: they come from dark and solitary places, have a sense of... > Read more

Water

Various Artists: Soul Sok Sega (Strut/Southbound)

23 May 2016  |  1 min read

A couple of weeks ago we pulled a track from this thoroughly enjoyable (and not a little confusing) compilation to post at From the Vaults.  But this double vinyl (with a CD disc and useful liner notes in the gatefold) is so good we just want to bring it to attention again. We could have dropped this into our catholic-taste Music From Elsewhere pages but it is kind of world... > Read more

Eliza by Georgie Joe

GRATEFUL DEAD REVISITED, AGAIN? (2016): Welcome to the re-resurrection

11 May 2016  |  3 min read

First of all: Jeez! Who knew? If you're under 45 did you know some of your favourite bands and artists – Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Mumford and Sons, Marijuana Deathsquad, Lucius , Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Fucked Up among them – would line up for a four-CD salute to those hippie icons Grateful Dead? And if you're over 55 or of pensionable age and traveling free on... > Read more

Shakedown Street, Unknown Mortal Orchestra