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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Florian Flicke/Popul Vuh: Kailash (Soul Jazz/Southbound)

4 May 2015

There is perhaps a generation of people whose view of the world, cultural colonialism and image-making was shaped by two key films from director Werner Herzog: Aguirre; The Wrath of the God in the early Seventies, and Fitzcarraldo a decade later. Those extraordinary stories of human effort and failure set in the the unforgiving world of the jungles of South America -- where Nature... > Read more

Earth View

Blur: The Magic Whip (Warners)

4 May 2015    1

To accuse Damon Albarn of being a mannered singer does rather somewhat miss the point. His Sixties role models -- Ray Davies, David Bowie et al -- were much the same. So when Blur's Modern Life is Rubbish and Parklife albums rolled around back in the mid Nineties at the zenith of Britpop it meant nothing that he adopted a vocal style which was far removed from his speaking voice. In... > Read more

Pyongyang

Princess Chelsea: The Great Cybernetic Depression (Lil' Chief)

1 May 2015

The 2011 debut album Little Golden Book by Chelsea Nikell (aka Princess Chelsea) was an Elsewhere favourite for its subtle blend of coquettish and slightly childlike charm with an adult sophistication. Nikkel sounded like an adult in child's body, and sometimes vice-versa. As Elsewhere has noted however, that didn't translate effectively at this year's Laneway where she appeared mannered... > Read more

We're So Lost

Alan Brown: Silent Observer (alanbrown.co.nz)

1 May 2015

Despite what many amateurs in the New Age world may think -- and Brian Eno's Bloom app allows you to pretend you can do it -- creating respectable ambient music isn't quite as easy as it sounds. We default to Eno again because he has some form in this area and he said this genre was about creating music which should be as ignorable as it was enjoyable. In other words it could be aural... > Read more

Unanswered Question

Beth Hart: Better Than Home (Provogue/Warners)

20 Apr 2015

Hart may have a troubled soul – junk, booze and family matters all took their toll – but at her extraordinary Powerstation show last month she proved a good-humoured survivor with powerful stories to tell, and an exceptional voice to convey the hurts, optimism and energy required to pull herself through. And here across 11 originals she drops personae and dives into her... > Read more

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