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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Steve Abel: Luck/Hope (Kin'sland)

1 Aug 2016  |  1 min read

While it may seem contradictory to criticise Aaradhna for her downbeat Brown Girl and be favourable about this almost funereal folk, that has been Steve Abel's idiomatic reference point -- he entered and won the Saddest Song in the World compeition in Germany in '09 -- and these eight songs (coloured by scraping and lachrymose violin) are all of such a piece that they form a... > Read more


Chris Knox: KnoxTraxFine (thokeitapes cassette/download)

4 Jul 2016  |  2 min read  |  1

At the time of this writing it has been just over seven years (June 2009) since Chris Knox had his massive and debilitating stroke. In that period he has largely been a man of good cheer despite not being able to speak beyond a few words (he understands visitors and friends reasonably well) and -- being afflicted down his right-hand side -- has taught himself to paint with his left hand.... > Read more

Unity Pacific: Blackbirder Dread (Moving/Rhythmethod)

27 Jun 2016  |  1 min read

Reggae musician and Rastafarian Tigi Ness -- who helms this long-running band into it's third album -- is a man who walks with the past as his close companion. On Unity Pacific's debut album From Street to Sky he referred back to Springbok tour and the Red Squad, and his faith allows him to take a Biblical long view. But he also knows the sufferings of his contemporary world and one of the... > Read more

We Are All Palestinians

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