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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Van Morrison: Keep Me Singing (Caroline/Universal)

10 Oct 2016  |  2 min read

Although the past decade has been a little wobbly for the former Celtic soul genius that is Van Morrison, it is Elsewhere's contention that your man really has undergone a late career resurrection. It started with Keep It Simple of 2008, some four decades on from his self-directed purple patch with the still-engrossing Astral Weeks. Back in the collective memory of that Sixties... > Read more

Let It Rhyme

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Howe Gelb; Sno Angel Like You (Fire/Southbound)

10 Oct 2016  |  1 min read

The astonishingly prolific Howe Gelb (Giant Sand, the Band of Blacky Ranchette, numerous albums under his own name) has yet another new one coming in late November. But meantime there is the 10th anniversary reissue of this album which seems to come in various formats including a double gatefold LP as Sno Angel Like You/Sno Angel Winging It. We here just have the original 16-song... > Read more

Love Knows No Borders

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree (Kobalt)

14 Sep 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Although Nick Cave has often sung about death from various perspectives – Biblical, murder ballads, the Devil and so on – this sombre, slow and sometimes uncomfortable collection has greater and more personal resonance. His 15-year old son Arthur died in a tragic accident during the period when he was just starting on songs for a new album, and we might guess from the tone... > Read more

Distant Sky

Pitch Black: Filtered Senses (pitchblack.co.nz)

2 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

Longtime electronica artists Pitch Black out of Auckland were always in the vanguard of son et lumiere shows which could deliver punishing heart-hitting beats or drop the moods towards stateless, sonic landscapes of the mind. And also effortlessly bring in influences from dub and dancefloor. It has been some while since their last album – nine years during which the duo of... > Read more

Dub Smoke

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz (Rough Guide/Southbound)

18 Jul 2016  |  <1 min read

This is certainly jazz from elsewhere. As with so many countries in the colonial period and into the early days of independence (before local bullies hijacked the government or invaders from outside did the same), Ethiopia once had a flourish and distinctive jazz scene. Duke Ellington on one of his music-cum-diplomatic missions for the US State Department played in Addis Abba in... > Read more

Heywete by Tesfa Maryam Kidane