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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Nadia Reid: Preservation (Rhythmethod)

13 Mar 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

Although Elsewhere heard both Nadia Reid's debut EP and first album we didn't write about them because . . . Got busy, got distracted or whatever, and in part because we were less impressed than others (here and abroad) seemed to be, so by the time we came to grips with them the time for comment had long passed. The enthusiastic reviews were in, she'd found her audience etc.... > Read more

The Way It Goes

French for Rabbits: The Weight of Melted Snow (Home Again/Southbound)

13 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

The 2014 debut album Spirits by this central duo of Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald (here with multi-instrumentalist Ben Lent of Trinity Roots, drummer Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa and Penelope Esplin, and guests) was a sheer delight and we described it as “not so much shoegaze as folksy skygaze” for its dreamy folkadelic sound. It is well worth finding even now, and... > Read more

Feathers and Dreams

The Bats: The Deep Set (Secretly Canadian/Flying Out)

24 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Elsewhere has long been of the opinion – considered and/or humble, if you will – that for the past couple of decades the Bats have taken incremental steps into a more focused, discreetly diversifying style from their signature sound of the Eighties. Certainly their gentle chiming guitars and slightly droning but melodic vocals remain in place (both given presence in the... > Read more

Walking Man

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (SubPop)

13 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Now half a dozen albums into a career (one with Sam Beam aka Iron and Wine) this transplanted American -- who lived in Manchester for a while then returned to the US  -- is almost emblematic of the world we live in, where musical information from diverse sources (plus static, the surface noise of life etc) can all collide equally in our subconscious. Hoop's gift is in her ability... > Read more

Animal Kingdom Chaotic

Tattletale Saints: Tattletale Saints (tattletalesaints.com/Aeroplane)

10 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Now based in Nashville – which would seem their natural home given their country-flavoured folk-rock and storytelling songs – the excellent duo of Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan here deliver the second album under their own name (also there is an album as Her Make Believe Band and McGowan did a solo album). Recorded in Nashville with the multi-instrumentalists joined by... > Read more

I Don't Sing So Much No More