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.

Subscribe to my newsletter for weekly updates.

Pacific Heights: The Stillness (Warners)

16 May 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Pacific Heights is the alias of Wellington producer and songwriter Devin Abrams who was a longtime member of electro-legends Shapeshifter. But here – the first outing under his own name in almost a decade – he pulls back the thumping Shapeshifter beats for an album (with guest vocalists) which shifts between dreamy neo-soul and electro-ambience, the latter tracks like the... > Read more

Airborne ft Deanne Krieg

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

Anohni: Hopelessness (Rough Trade)

9 May 2016  |  1 min read

Formerly Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), Anohni here fully embraces not just his femininity but leaps straight into brittle and often dazzlingly appropriate electronica from Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never. And – still often deploying that gorgeously aching, soulful voice — becomes more overtly political than she has been previously. The piece Obama here... > Read more

Watch Me

Tim Hecker: Love Streams (4AD)

25 Apr 2016  |  <1 min read  |  1

On this, his third album, Canadian electronica artist Hecker – again recording in Reykjavik with an Icelandic choir – reaches across six centuries, drawing inspiration equally from 15th century choral works and 21st century ambient music post-Brian Eno. The mysterious and glowing cover image captures the mystical contents where elements of electronic minimalism from the... > Read more

Music of the Air

Various Artists: The Active Listener Sampler 41 (activelistener)

25 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

Elsewhere can probably do no greater favour to break your ingrained listening habits than recommend you sign up to The Active Listener, one of those niche-market labour of love projects by Wellingtonian Nathan Ford  . . . whom we interviewed here about his wonderful service in which he collates his own psychedelic view of the music world in these compilations. They are always a delight... > Read more

Turkish Psyche by Orgasmo Sonore