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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RECOMMENDED RECORD: Alice Coltrane: A Monastic Trio (Impulse)

9 May 2024  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this album released for the first time in decades on record. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . . An excellent and intelligent reissue in the Verve by Request series, these late-Sixties recordings by the much underrated pianist/harpist widow of jazz sax... > Read more

Gospel Trane

Maliheh Moradi and Ehsan Matoori: Our Sorrows (Arc Music/digital outlets)

6 May 2024  |  1 min read

While the world's attention is rightly on Gaza, the West Bank, southern Lebanon and Israel, the plight of many people in Iran – especially women whose lives are severely restricted – remains. As we are aware, Iranian women have clothing, behavioural and career impositions, and since the revolution in '79 been prohibited from singing solo in public. US-based singer Maliheh... > Read more

Six Doors

The Lemon Twigs: A Dream Is All We Know (digital outlets)

5 May 2024  |  1 min read

When the brothers Michael and Brian D'Addario emerged with their band Lemon Twigs with their album Do Hollywood in 2016 they were, in some circles, given the same kind of enthusiastic reception the Strokes had enjoyed. What critics heard was a terrific tick-list of influences from the Beatles and Beach Boys to British acid pop. We said for the D'Addario brothers, “it is forever... > Read more

My Golden Years

THE VERLAINES' WAY OUT WHERE, REISSUED (2024): So many choices out there

24 Apr 2024  |  3 min read

In a recent interview Graeme Downes of the Verlaines – for these past four years retired from music and academic life while recovering from a cancer operation – spoke proudly of their 1993 album Way Out Where. He'd written all 12 songs while under considerable pressures: a deadline from the American label Slash, while completing his master's thesis, and knowing this was going to... > Read more

Blanket Over the Sky

Aro: He Rākau, He Ngārara (digital outlets)

19 Apr 2024  |  <1 min read

The Aro duo of husband and wife Charles and Emily Looker here present an immediately and immensely likable album which celebrates native plants and insects in te reo Māori and English language songs which sometimes sound like classic tunes from the Fifties (the lovely Tōtara with sweeping strings and Kaikōmako), beautiful folk (Pukatea) and contemporary pop (Namupoto, Wētā).... > Read more

Tōtara