Music at Elsewhere

These pages - with sample tracks and videos posted - introduce and review new music which may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed. Music from Elsewhere reviews new albums (and some important reissues) you'll play more than once at home or in the car, and will want to tell friends about.

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Wire: Nocturnal Koreans (Pink Flag/Southbound)

2 May 2016  |  <1 min read

Few, if any, British post-punk bands have been as consistently inventive as Wire who began life as fascinatingly minimalist outfit (on three defining albums in fewer than two years after late '77) and evolved into something akin to an indie pop-rock/art project. For their recommended 2013 album Change Becomes Us, they revisited ideas from their earliest days in a challenging... > Read more

Forward Position

Guy Wishart: West by North (Southbound)

2 May 2016  |  1 min read

Even though it has been many years since we last heard from Auckland singer-songwriter Guy Wishart -- who won the Silver Scroll in 1990 -- these mostly melancholy songs suggest a man who has been through some emotional pain in recent times. Throughout these 12 new originals -- essayed by a terrific country-rock/folk-rock band -- there are image of broken dreams, departure, death, darkness,... > Read more

River Red

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

Dodson and Fogg: Walk On (wisdomtwinsbooks)

25 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

Imagine this if you will: A world where Marc Bolan wasn't killed in 1977 when his car hit a tree. That instead he took time out, trimmed down, cleaned up and left London for some more benign pastoral environment to replenish himself. In his time away he reconnected with his folk-framed Tyrannosaurus Rex style but brought to it the same pop economy of the best of T. Rex (songs like... > Read more

No One on the Phone

Santana: Santana IV (Santana IV)

25 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

While there was understandable anticipation for this reunion of (almost) all of the original Woodstock era band, this one reminds you Santana songs were often the vehicle for his autograph guitar work, the playing of keyboard player Gregg Rolie and the crisscross Latin rhythms from the percussionists. But even accepting that, there is something cheesy if not sleazy and creepy about the... > Read more

Freedom in Your Mind w Ronald Isley

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

King Crimson; Live in Toronto (DGM/Southbound)

22 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

Of course it's a bloody double-live. And it comes with a request at the start for the audience to refrain from recording, photography etc “and we'd like to have a good time and please join in and have a party with King Crimson”. (Why would you just not edit that stage announcement out?) Recorded on November 20, 2015 (we be specific because KC obsessives know and care... > Read more

Sailor's Tale

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

18 Apr 2016  |  2 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief. Haelos; Full Circle (Matador): In which this British electronica trio step lightly between British trip-hop, Pet Shop Boys pop and... > Read more

Bob Mould; Patch the Sky (Merge/Southbound)

18 Apr 2016  |  <1 min read

After their bands broke up Bob Mould and Frank Black (of Husker Du and the Pixies, respectively) rediscovered their love of pop structures, although didn't sacrificing much in their former outfits' intensity or volume. At times on this pleasingly familiar, ear-blistering outing Mould again comes off close to hardcore power-pop (the thrilling End of Things and Pray For Rain).... > Read more

Pray for Rain

Parquet Courts: Human Performance (Rough Trade)

18 Apr 2016  |  <1 min read

The weird pop opener here Dust (“Dust is everywhere. Sweep”) reminds you this band's singer-songwriter Andrew Savage was once in the Zappa-influenced electronica outfit Fergus and Geronimo. PC's bent take on pop and rock is all over this quirky collection which sometimes sounds like Television, Velvet Underground or Devo schooled on Mad magazine, or Jonathan Richman's... > Read more

One Man, No City

Moon: The Orbitor (Golden Robot)

18 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

Every now and again we in New Zealand are reminded just how Australians make hard rock . . . and not just of the Rose Tattoo kind. This impressive eight-song debut has its foot on the accelerator from the start line and Moon run like a finely tuned, well-oiled machine for the full 29 minutes. You'd guess this might be a product of some hefty touring for years through tough Aussie pubs... > Read more

Taking a Right

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

11 Apr 2016  |  2 min read

Facing down an avalanche of releases, requests for coverage, the occasional demand that we be interested in their new album (sometimes with that absurd comment "but don't write about it if you don't like it") and so on, Elsewhere will every now and again do a quick sweep like this, in the same way it does IN BRIEF about international releases. Comments will be brief.... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: From Scratch: Five Rhythm Works (EM)

28 Mar 2016  |  1 min read

Although not strictly the reissue of a specific album, this collection put together (with approval) by a Japanese enthusiast and with excellent liner notes by Andrew Clifford picks up five pieces by this seminal New Zealand percussion ensemble. With the exception of an out-of-print CD reissue of Pacific 3,2,1, Zero and Eye/Drum and perhaps the odd vinyl album turning up in secondhand... > Read more

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

28 Mar 2016  |  2 min read

Facing down an avalanche of releases, requests for coverage, the occasional demand that we be interested in their new album (sometimes with that absurd comment "but don't write about it if you don't like it") and so on, Elsewhere will every now and again do a quick sweep like this, in the same way it does IN BRIEF about international releases. Comments will be brief.... > Read more

The Cars: Moving in Stereo; The Best of the Cars (Warners)

28 Mar 2016  |  <1 min read

Ric Ocasek might not be the best looking man in rock, but he's certainly one of the smartest songwriters and producers, and almost single-handedly drove the Cars to chart-topping success. He added polish to their snappy New Wave, kept the radio-length songs tight and snappy, and steered a course between artful rock and power pop with plenty of hooks to get them on the charts. The... > Read more

My Best Friend's Girl

Bonnie Raitt: Dig in Deep (Redwing)

21 Mar 2016  |  1 min read

Bonnie Raitt, everyone's favourite red-haired slide guitarist – is there another? – is looking more grey these days, but in the blues-rock world she inhabits and has defined that's a distinction rather than a demerit. It's been four years since her excellent, Grammy-winning Slipstream – and 45 years since her self-titled debut – but the album title here (which... > Read more

All Alone with Something to Say

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

21 Mar 2016  |  2 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief. Mass Gothic; Mass Gothic (Sub Pop): Largely the solo project (with a few pals) for New Yorker Noel Heroux – formerly of local... > Read more

Cinnamon (by Cullen Omori)

Lapsley: Long Way Home (X)

21 Mar 2016  |  <1 min read

We're prefectly prepared to concede that the attractive 19-year old Holly Fletcher from Liverpool doesn't make music for people like us . . . but if we can get FKA Twigs, Taylor Swift and others who also don't, then we may be permitted to note that this debut album is an anodyne amalgam of white soul and trip-hop. Because she mostly deals with the pains of love and is very much within a... > Read more

Hurt Me

Jeff Buckley: You and I (Sony)

14 Mar 2016  |  <1 min read

Although he only released two EPs (the excellent Live at Sin-E and the lesser Live From the Bataclan) and the Grace album in his lifetime, the small catalogue of Jeff Buckley – who drowned in May 97 – has considerably inflated with posthumous live releases, expanded editions and such, which are uneven and mostly songs never intended for release. These 10 songs –... > Read more

Various Artists: The Ultimate Guide to Scottish Folk (Arc)

14 Mar 2016  |  1 min read

One of the more annoying and often-repeated comments  in the New Zealand flag debate -- especially on talkback radio from Pakeha and Maori alike -- is that the current one has the English flag on it and that is a relic of our colonial history. Well, we're certainly down with the whole post-colonial thing these days . . . but how could trust anyone in the matter of discussing... > Read more

Toom Tabard (by Saor Patrol)