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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Tami Neilson: Don't Be Afraid (Neilson Records)

21 Sep 2015    2

The backstory to this album -- how Neilson's singer-songwriter fatherRon  died earlier this year, a little over a month before she went in to record -- has been much essayed, and she mentions it in the brief liner notes. But far from being a maudlin collection (some songs were written already) this typically excellent collection kicks up its heels at times, notably on the lively... > Read more

Holy Moses

KAMASI WASHINGTON; THE EPIC (2015): Sometimes bigger is much better

18 Sep 2015    1

If progressive rock of the late Sixties and early Seventies taught us anything it was this. That only a rare musician (Pete Townshend of the Who, the acerbic Frank Zappa, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Peter Gabriel with Genesis . . . and not Rick Wakeman) had it in them to pull off a lengthy and consistent concept album. Perhaps it was not in the DNA of a musical form which had... > Read more

Clare de Lune

Destroyer: Poison Season (Merge)

14 Sep 2015    1

While the world may be awash with pretty good albums which are enjoyable in their own right, every now and again something comes along which you recognize as not just a keeper but one which reveals more on each hearing. Dan Bejar of Destroyer -- who, despite the name, are as far from black metal as you can imagine -- has created an album of odd dimensions built around three separate and... > Read more

Archer on the Beach

Triumphs: Beekeeper/Bastardknocker (Monkey Killer)

14 Sep 2015

This Dunedin duo of John Bollen and Mat Anderson (guitars and drums respectively) here aim for a big subject, an instrumental concept album which "pays tribute to New Zealand's forgotten history of psychedelic mountaineering". That's not a territory many will have previously encountered, however here it is in all its widescreen drama and gritty grandeur across tracks with titles... > Read more

Everest Was The First Pyramid

Delaney Davidson: Lucky Guy (Rough Diamond/Southbound)

4 Sep 2015

Although he's picked up country music awards there's always been blues and Fifties outsider-pop in Davidson's catalogue. They come through on this stripped-back, direct and often enjoyably abrasive album. The moody You Don't Want Me Around and Five Bucks sneer like a menacing rock'n'roll delinquent, there are guitars strung with barbed wire (the snarky Eastbound) and stomping... > Read more

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