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A couple of years ago -- around the time Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst to his parents) broke biggish with the two 2005 albums I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (the former of songs, the latter electronics) -- I was in Tower Records in Seattle.
I spotted a seven album Bright Eyes box set (yes, all vinyl) for some...
Okay, let's just hear what the British press had to say about this, the debut album from an Australian singer-songwriter now living in London.
"Simply captivating" --- The Sun
"A refreshing breeze to ruffle all preconceptions" -- Time Out
"Divine!" -- The Observer
"Pop never had it so good" --...
Back in 2001 Elbow were shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize for their debut album Asleep in the Back* and for my money it has all been up since then, although I suspect sales haven't followed accordingly.
They are a cult name in New Zealand (mid-sized cult however) and a band that is too easy to let slip past you.
As regular visitors to Elsewhere are aware, not everything posted here is a work of unalloyed genius which will be treasured down many lifetimes. (Although there are however more than a few like that I would hope.)
But sometimes albums just come along that you are very glad to have heard and simply enjoy for what they mean to you on some odd...
With its references to late 60s folk-rock, baroque pop flourishes, close harmonies, art-rock progressions and the jigsaw-puzzle of arrangements for voices and a small array of instruments (all deployed with precision, skill and understatement), this extraordinary album seems an unlikely one to have been embraced by hip rock magazines.It is is...
The big music story of 2008 wasn’t Britney back on track, Axl Rose finally delivering the Chinese Democracy album or even Kanye West sidestepping the hip-hop that made his name for an album of songs and techno-blips.
It was how the self-titled and self-funded debut album from a previously unknown band -- which didn’t exist...
This wonderful self-titled debut album by Seattle's Fleet Foxes has already appeared at Elsewhere and was one of the Best of Elsewhere 2008 albums -- but it makes a return because this belatedly released Special Edition packages it up with the band's equally sublime Sun Giant EP which they recorded shortly before the album.
The debut album by this trio out of Seattle, Invitation Songs, took up residence at Elsewhere for its slightly odd, alt.folk and Old Time America quality which was propelled over the finger-picking and rocking beats by Peter Quirk's somewhat . . . err . . . quirky voice.
This follows a similar path: acoustic folk-rock; a sense of mystery and...
This sextet from the Pacific North West hasn’t made much of an impact here, despite three albums which have drawn critical comparisons with Neil Young (in his acoustic and rock personae), Fleet Foxes and Wilco (both of whom they have opened for), folky Dylan and even Rubber Soul-era Beatles (albeit with a country-rock skew).
As a number of overseas critics have noted, it isn’t entirely encouraging to hear singer Meric Long of this San Francisco duo announce repeatedly on Fables here, “I don’t wanna go in the fire, I just wanna stay in my home” on this, only the band’s third album. Not a man to be storming barricades at a guess despite...
Beauty is not a quality that popular music (ie pop, rock, r'n'b, indie-rock or whatever) places much store in: yet from the Velvet Underground through Mazzy Star and the early Cowboy Junkies to the Fleet Foxes, or from Eno to the landscape of guitars in Explosions in the Sky, there has been beauty aplenty.
Beauty need not be sentimental...
With all due respect to their craft, drummers aren’t usually the people you want to interview in a band. As saxophonist Branford Marsalis -- who played in Sting’s band -- recently noted, the audience’s attention is on the singer and the guitarist, “the rest of us are just background.”
And the drummer -- who...
I have been to pretty, but pretty dull Cambria in California where the core of this group hail from and I can understand why they might want to take to the road.
They did and seem to have spent a lot of time in Alaska where one of them is a fisherman and the other works as a baker in Larson Bay. Then they started touring and touring after...
Possessing the same kind of intimate, engrossing voice of Nick Drake and with an equal interest in hushed, dreamlike ballads where death, and the transitory nature of life and love are themes, Josh Tillman offers his sixth album where the songs are barely fleshed out but the sinew and strength are immediately apparent.
This quintet from Texas -- now on their third album -- has only appeared once previously at Elsewhere, a wonderful track on the collection Secret Love 4. That piece (the sample track posted with that album) was so impressive their name imprinted itself on my memory -- and then this album turns up.
In the absence of hearing much else by them...
Sometimes for my own private amusement I will sing aloud The Incredible String Band's The Son of Noah's Brother in its entirety. All 16 seconds of it.
The lyrics run, "Many were the lifetimes of the son of Noah's brother, see his coat the ragged riches of his soul".
And that's it: a lovely descending melody and not a wasted...
This four-piece from London may have a
banjo on hand and a similar way with an archaic lyric and alt.folk
melody as Fleet Foxes, but here on their debut album with widescreen
producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire's Neon Bible) they bring
some dramatic urgency which kicks them clearly into the alt.rock
With songs which have a...
There is a lot of neo-folk around and
you suspect the success of Fleet Foxes has prompted interest in
people like Mumford and Son, the Unthanks and Joanna Newsom. This
oddly named British outfit – which suggests an ambient-lounge act –
should appeal to an even wider audience.
With hints of McCartney at his most
Unexpected people are into the Incredible String Band: Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin you can understand, given LedZepp played a kind of Anglofolk/Tolkein thing alongside their hijacking of black blues and other hoary riffs.
But bristling DIY post-punk Chris Knox speaking highly of this slightly fey Scottish folk group who pioneered the...
King is in the vanguard of a diferent kind of British folk -- witness that this debut album is co-produced with Adrian Sherwood and Skip (Little Axe) McDonald. So this is folk with a world view and a dub feel -- and sounds all the better for it.
King is straight out of that earnest, well-enunciated and slightly stern school of vocal delivery,...
Named for a small town in the Outer Hebrides and affecting a kind of folksy pop, Stornoway from Oxford pull light and slightly satirical styles (We Are The Battery Humans with its references to people born to be free-range but preferring to watch television) together with Anglofolk of the Amazing Blondel-to-Fleet Foxes continuum and literary...
Here's an unusual and interesting one: Mountain Man are actually three young women Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath from various parts of the great USA who met at Bennington College in Vermont.
Inspired by a mutual love of a kind of alt.folk and old time country -- and a cappella singing -- they formed this...
The self-titled debut album by this Auckland-based folk-pop band was among the Best of Elsewhere 2007 list -- and they have just been getting better. No surprise really given that alongside the core duo of John Guy Howell and Rachel Bailey are Sam Prebble (who, as Bond Street Bridge, appeared in the following year's Best of Elsewhere with his...
From the understated openers with their gentle backbeat, soft organ and steel guitar, LeBlanc -- barely 21, out of Louisiana -- announces himself as part of a long lineage which stretches back to the country-soul out of Muscle Shoals studio (where his dad was a session musician) and the country-rock of the early Band, but which also...
By abandoning the pure pop-economy of
their terrific, 05 self-titled debut for the more embellished and
ambitious sound Those the Brokes in 06, this English outfit of
two sets of siblings lost followers, and momentum.
But where that debut was a radio/car
album, Brokes was a headphones experience.
The openers here – a...
San Luis Obispo isn't a name you readily associate with rock music. The picturesque coastal town in northern California -- near Hearst's castle -- still isn't on the radar despite it being the place where Yes -- the original line-up -- relaunched their career in '95.
Well, "relaunched" might be overstating it, but they certainly...
In which former rocker Gaeten Vandewoude of Belgium discovers his inner Jose Gonzalez and with a few friends and some multi-tracking also realises he had Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel lurking in there too.
This is not an unfamiliar path (Gonzalez did the rock thing first, so did Findlay Brown, and Fink used to deal in hip-hop) but it leads to...
Like Elvis Costello, Christy Moore, the
late John Martyn and a few others in a very select company, English
singer/songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson made timeless
Pick up any of his from the early
Eighties or even the late Seventies and they make as much sense today
as they did then. Yet after more than 45 years in the...
The previous album The Shepherd's Dog by Texas' Iron and Wine (Sam Beam) was fully three years ago and was one of the Best of Elsewhere 2007 albums. So anticipation is high for this -- although might have been higher a year ago, but I guess he works at his own pace.
And we forgive him because he delivered the excellent Around the Well...
Based in Wellington, New Zealand this singer-songwriter is also in the band The Novelist but has run a parallel but separate career as a solo artist.
This, the second outing under his own name, appeared in the last quarter of 2010 but has been making its way slowly into the world since, picking up favourable comment from longtime followers...
The very personable Guy Garvey –
songwriter and singer for the award-grabbing British band Elbow –
laughs when he describes himself as “a rock star”, in part
because at 37 he's getting a bit old for that game, but mostly
because he knows he looks more like the plump Ricky Gervais than the
buffed Ricky Martin....
While owing a clear debt to Paul Simon, the young Dylan, early Donovan and others in the acoustic singer-songwriter category, this young guy from Lower Hutt just north of Wellington, New Zealand brings a pop sensibility to his writing (the openers here Watch Got and Only One I Need hook you immediately) and often a deliberately light touch...
A propos of not much, Fleet Foxes' chief songwriter Robin Pecknold recently recorded New Zealand singer-songwriter Chris Thompson's Where is My Wild Rose? for an EP and it appears on You Tube (just with stills) here.
But . . . to the matter in hand.
If it's fair to say FFoxes' debut album was unexpected, then we might also observe...
When a five song EP by this group out of Townsville appeared in '09 Elsewhere erroneously reported they had broken up and mourned their passing. Fortunately we were quickly corrected -- misinformation is easy to find on the internet, huh? -- and so therefore this album has been welcomed.
Recorded in Australia and in Midlake's studio in...
There seem no half-measures with the
legendary English singer-guitarist Richard Thompson. People
either “get” him or – despite acclaim as one of Britain's
greatest guitarists, the OBE and honorary PhD he received this year,
and being credited as founding British folk-rock with Fairport
Convention in the early 70s –...
I was surprised that this ambitious neo-psychedelic pop album -- which has been winning huge praise in the UK -- wasn't heftily reviewed here, especially since the visionary behind it (who has drawn comparisons with Brian Wilson) is a former Kiwi now based in Perth, Luke Steele.
So let's bring this one to your attention: a lushly produced,...
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