Favourite Five Recent Releases

Five of the best albums from the recent postings at Elsewhere. Music too good to let slide into the archives. The Elsewhere place if you're looking for a quick fix.

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Jay Clarkson: Kindle (Rose Hobart/Flying Out)

15 Oct 2021  |  1 min read

The Rheineck Rock Award – which gave a generous wedge of money to emerging artists to record – wasn't without its controversies in the late Eighties: after Ardijah's popular win in the inaugural event the following year the judges picked Headless Chickens which outraged many (notably radio jocks and the sponsors) and the year after that it went to Breathing Cage . . . who took two... > Read more

The Bevis Frond: Little Eden (Fire/digital outlets)

4 Oct 2021  |  1 min read  |  1

At this late stage in their (and Elsewhere's) career, there might seem little purpose in trying to draw attention to the Bevis Frond, one of the great and most prolific bands out of the UK who now have 30+ albums to their credit. If you haven't got them so far – and Elsewhere has done its best in introducing them – then you won't readily gravitate to this new one by a band you... > Read more

And Away We Go

The Green Pajamas: Sunlight Might Weigh Even More (Green Monkey/bandcamp)

27 Sep 2021  |  1 min read

Elsewhere has sometimes told the story of a chance conversation over lunch before leaving for the Pacific Northwest, the friend mentioning his favourite band which I'd never heard of (Green Pajamas from Seattle), the dozen or so albums he brought around the following day, the sudden “Who are these amazing people and why haven't we been told about Jeff Kelly?” reaction and . . .... > Read more

High Tea With Miss Ava G 1979

Proteins of Magic: Proteins of Magic (digital outlets)

16 Sep 2021  |  <1 min read

PoM is New Zealand singer, songwriter and visual artist Kelly Sherrod who studied at Elam in Auckland, was in Punches, played bass in Dimmer (touring at home and in the US), moved to Nashville for a while and now back home should be out promoting this debut album when supporting Dimmer. But . . . Although some of those dates have been postponed, this is a hypnotic... > Read more

Hopeful Symphony

Tipene: Heritage Trail (digital outlets)

1 Sep 2021  |  2 min read

There is a remarkable and strong lineage of Māori hip-hop which runs from Upper Hutt Posse's Against the Flow through Dam Native's Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted to this ambitious, crafted album by Tipene Harmer who – like those illustrious predecessors – knows exactly who he is and where he's from. On the lyrical and rhythmical Ariki here he says, “I'm walkin' with the... > Read more

Mauri ft Ariana Henare